How to create terms and conditions for a website

Do you know What is the difference between a Privacy Policy and Terms and conditions for a website? Do you have Terms and conditions for your website? If not you do not have one and do not know the difference you should use some minutes and read this post. My intention with this article is to help you create your own terms and conditions for your website.

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How often do you read the term and conditions?

In one of my recent posts I wrote about How to create a Privacy Policy for a website and how to create an affiliate disclaimer. In this post I want to proceed a bit on the same track because there are still something I have not addressed yet and that is How to create Terms and conditions for a website. Doing my own research, progress and development of my own site I found out that there are many who do not have term and conditions, privacypolicy or disclaimers on their website. I also found out that most people never read the Terms and conditions. Do you normally read them?

What is the difference between terms and conditions and a Privacy policy?

I have often wondered what is the difference between term and conditions and a privacy policy. Maybe you have too? It is easy to be online without knowing what all these terms are. When you buy a product you often have to agree to term and conditions when downloading a free PDF or signing up to a newsletter.

I decided I wanted to really understand it in order to make my own Terms and conditions. So I hope this article will help you do the same if you do not already have one. If you already have one you may learn something new that you have not thought about.

A privacy policy is needed to protect your visitors, customers, clients security online by law. Terms and conditions on the other hand will protect your business and your website online, but is not required by law. But it is strongly recommended having.

What is terms and conditions?

So what is Terms and conditions? Do you really know? Often they look so formal and complicated. I will explain it to you as simply as I can to you.

Terms and conditions are rules for use between you and the user. You set the rules for how a user can use your services, your information, your products etc. and what will happen if they do not agree or agree to these rules. Your aim is to protect your business.

If you want to download a PDF from a website with 10 best SEO tips for example, you normally have to fill out a form with your email so the website knows where to send the PDF. However, many websites have a checkbox where you have to agree to term and conditions before submitting the form and before they want to send the PDF to you. It means if you do not agree to the term and conditions the website do not have to send you their service. This is a way you can secure your website.
Watch the Video from Feed: explaining what Terms and Conditions are.

Why should you have terms and conditions on your website?

The most important reasons to why you want to have terms and conditions on your website is:

To stop abusive use.

To be able to block users.

Limit users liability.

What will happen if your customer do not pay for a product.

If you do not have Terms and agreements you are not protected against this.
Maybe you will have other reasons too.

 

When do you need terms and agreements?

You need terms and conditions on your website if you have:

Mobile Apps

Digital Products

Digital service

Ecommerce

Facebook Apps

Sign up forms – Email list connected to offers.

Is it required by law to have terms and conditions on your website?

No there is not a legal requirement to have Terms and conditions but it is recommended that you have it to protect your own business.

Does it matter which platform I use?

It does not matter what platform you use.

How to get help to make terms and conditions?

There are different generators online and templates that can help you. I will recommend using these website terms and condition generators: I find them most helpful.

Privacypolicy

Feed

You can also make your own website terms and conditions template if you think you are able to create one yourself.

Can you make your own terms and conditions?

Yes you do not need to have a lawyer, but it is always recommended getting a lawyer to look over it to see if it protects you and your users interests. The more customized it is to your website the better.

Can you copy others terms and conditions?

Yes and no. You can use another websites Terms and conditions if they give you permission to use it.

Should I mention my terms and conditions in my privacy policy?

Create your Privacy Policy

It is wise to mention your term and conditions in your Privacy Policy but not required.

Do my users have to agree to my terms and agreements?

No, but for you to enforce the rules they need to agree.

What happens if a user do not agree to my terms and agreements?

Then they cannot receive the Ebook, Free offer, Use the product. This must be stated clearly on the sign up form or where you have your terms and conditions connected to an offer, service or product.

How do I get the users to agree to my terms and conditions?

If you offer a product, service or other it is important that you clearly state that in order to receive your offers they have to agree to your term and conditions.

Where do I put my terms and agreements?

The most common place to put term and conditions is in the footer.

How to write terms and conditions?

Create your Terms and Conditions agreement

I would recommend using a Terms and conditions generator with Privacypolicy or Feed.

Be clear about what these Terms and conditions are about.

Use language that are easy to understand

The rules should be fair

You should create an easy and good structure

Try to make it as short and informative as possible

 

I found a good Video at the Norwegian Consumer Authority on how to make term and conditions understandable

Watch the video

What should Terms and conditions contain?

Who can use the product, service- Is there an age limit. Is this product for children?

About spamming – What will happen if someone is spamming – Will they get a warning or will they just be blocked without warning.

Misuse of the product or service

Violations to your rules – What are the violations and what are the consequences

Account Termination – voluntary and forced

Limitations: Make it clear if there are any limitations to a service or a product. Ex. Free trials, Failing to pay, etc.

What the Payment covers: What features, functions, services does the payment cover and what does it not cover.

Intellectual property – your own and others

Rights and permissions

About User generated content and User conduct: Harassment, Bullying, Hate speech, Defamation, Doxxing. How will this be handled.

Complaints – How are complaints handled

 

Hope this post served you well and that you can now easily make your own term and conditions.

 

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