TOP 3 Reasons to Use a Website Terms and Conditions Template

Whether you’re just starting out creating your first website 💻 or you recently discovered your site is missing some key elements, you may be wondering whether you should use a website terms and conditions template.

First, note that there are a few types of creators out there who should probably consult an attorney before using a template for their website’s terms and conditions. 

For example, those with e-commerce 🛍️ websites or content directed to children under 13 may need further protections in their terms and conditions. There’s alway a chance that a DIY template for general use may lack the necessary provisions for more high-risk legal circumstances.

That said, for the many creators who have simple websites, such as one that primarily directs visitors to contact information, a mailing list, social media accounts, and perhaps a blog, a website terms and conditions template may be exactly what they need!

If you’re still on the fence about whether it’s right for you, check out these top three reasons a terms and conditions template for your simple website is a great 👌 legal choice:

1. The obvious: your website NEEDS terms and conditions

Even for owners of simple, one- or two-page websites, I always recommend that my clients have a terms and conditions page. Chances are, your site’s visitors will never read it 🤷‍♂️; however, it is an imperative part of your legal protections.

In fact, failing to add a terms and conditions page to your site could result in a lawsuit or huge loss of revenue – and you don’t want either of those things!

For example, every terms and conditions should include a copyright, trademark, or intellectual property clause to ensure your website visitors don’t ❌ steal your content.

Additionally, your website terms and conditions should always include a limitation of liability. This provision frees you from most legal responsibility for inaccurate information on your website. Likewise, it could reduce the penalties 💰 you must pay if you do end up with a lawsuit.

Liability limitation also commonly protects people with subscription services and provides protection against privacy lawsuits.

2. Your visitors deserve to know how you use their information – and it’s legally mandated

While your limitation of liability clause is a good place to start paying attention to your website visitors’ privacy, there is a much more important clause many websites are legally required to have: a privacy 🔐 policy.

More specifically, if your website collects any personal information from its visitors, it MUST have a privacy policy that outlines the ways in which you collect, use, and distribute that information.

Believe it or not, something as simple as collecting names and email addresses 📧 qualifies as “personal information.” Therefore, chances are if you’re using your website to promote your brand, you will need a privacy policy.

Although website terms and conditions, unlike privacy policies, are not required by law, they can provide extensive legal protection. Plus, they work as a great place to host your privacy policy!

Luckily, any website terms and conditions template you download from a reputable legal source should include a fill-in-the-blank 📝 privacy policy.

That being said, it’s extremely important to ensure that your privacy policy accurately describes your website’s activity. For instance, many people are unaware whether their website uses cookies! 

Therefore, if you don’t know whether third parties are collecting user data from your website, you may want to consult a social media attorney 🙋‍♂️ for help with your privacy policy.

3. It’s SAFE and EASY!

The best thing about using a website terms and conditions template is that it makes legal writing ✍️ accessible to almost everybody!

Think of it this way: When a lawyer has written the majority of your terms and conditions, you can have total confidence that it will hold up in court 🏛️.

Plus, DIY legal documents are a much safer option than simply copying and pasting terms and conditions from another website. Fill-in-the-blank legal forms mean you know the information is tailored to your website – because YOU provided it!

Furthermore, finding these templates online is super easy. Whether you use a legal website, a local court clerk, or an attorney, just be sure you’re getting your terms and conditions from a reputable, well-respected source.

Finally, if you’re an influencer or content creator who is already working with a social media lawyer, you can ask them how to get access to a terms and conditions template. Chances are they have one in their back pocket 😜!