The Importance of Website Policies for Your Website

Let’s start this post with a BIG disclaimer: I am NOT a legal professional (clearly). The information I’m sharing in this article is based on research I’ve done, but please do additional research and contact a legal professional if needed.

Now we can jump into this important topic: Website Policies. One thing I do know is that every website needs to have at least a “Privacy Policy”, “Terms and Conditions”, and a “Disclaimer”  to protect themselves and their audience.

Whether it’s a blog, website for your business, or e-commerce – you need to have the right website policies in place to be protected. Especially if you have features such as a contact form, collecting emails via an opt-in form, using Google Analytics, or any other form of tracking website visitors. Which is about 100% of all websites.

Let’s dive into why website policies are so important and how they can help build trust with your visitors.

So what website policies do I need and what do they even mean?

Glad you asked! ? My definitions below have been simplified – but it’s a summary of what these main pages include.

  • Privacy Policy: This policy page will outline how you handle your user’s personal information that is collected (such as their name or email), how it’s being collected (such as cookies), and how or if it will be shared with other parties.
  • Terms and Conditions: This policy varies depending on your business. What we will usually find on this legal page are the rules you have for the use of your website. Things such as copyright ownership, products available on your site, and other rules for your content’s usage.
  • Disclaimer: This is where you get to set the record straight. This clarifies the website owner’s legal rights and limitations. It is a way to communicate to visitors what the website and its owner are responsible for and what they are not responsible for.

Remember, the definitions above are simplified so that anyone that blanks out when legal jargon is being said (like myself!). Want more details about these pages and other legal pages your website can benefit from? Check out the WebsitePolicies Blog, which is full of resources.

How Can I Protect My Website?

When I first started my research regarding website policies, I immediately stressed myself out thinking that I would need to write these very details and legal pages on my own. This is a task that is definitely outside my skill set and requires a professional. Hiring a lawyer specializing in website policies was out of my budget, but I didn’t want to use a free policy creator as they aren’t always the most reliable (more on that below).

So instead I did some research and discovered WebsitePolicies – which offers affordable and easy-to-use policies that can be integrated into your website. Best of all – policies purchased through them are continuously getting updated as needed.

I also needed help with which specific pages were needed for my website. The three pages listed above are the baseline, but additional legal pages might sometimes be needed. I was able to easily reach out to the support team over at Website Policies and they replied that same day with their input on what policy pages I should purchase. ?‍?

Why not use a free website policy generator?

Plenty of websites offer free policies that you can use for free – but these free policy generators offer limited options, leaving your policies lacking essential elements. And many of us (like me!) don’t know all the details and legal jargon that belongs in a privacy policy or disclaimer.

These free policy generators also run a one-time policy page for your website, but when laws are updated, you are left unprotected as your policies won’t automatically reflect the current changes.

Getting Started with WebsitePolicies

Getting started with WebsitePolicies is super easy (another reason I love using them!) and offers many benefits to help protect your website.

  • Customizable just for you. All policies will be created to match your specific needs.
  • Regular updates. WebsitePolicies keeps your policies up to date when there are changes in laws and regulations, ensuring ongoing compliance without you having to do anything extra.
  • Saving you time, effort, and money (who doesn’t love this?). With their pre-written and customizable policies, you will save plenty of time creating your website policies. Plus, zero headaches. ?

If you decide to use them to generate your policies, I suggest purchasing the “All-Inclusive Premium Bundle” which includes access to ALL of their different policies and their “Cookie consent banner generator”. This is the route I went with to make sure I had everything that was needed. But I would still suggest contacting their support team to ensure you are purchasing what you need.

When you purchase your bundle – you will need to fill out their questionnaire so that they can generate your policies with all the correct information. This will generate your new website policies, which you can then integrate into your website

They have different ways to add your new policies to your website. The recommended method is to use their “Embed policy on a page” feature. This way policies automatically stay up to date while being displayed on your website. They make the entire process easy-peasy. ?

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Hello! I'm Melissa!

Website Designer & Developer
Melissa has a decade of experience in web design and development for small businesses, creative companies and boutiques. During any design project, she focuses on creating a collaborative experience so that her clients feel heard throughout the entire creative process. She specializes in WordPress, Shopify and Squarespace and focuses on creating an online presence and website her clients will love.