Building a website has never been easier, with WordPress, Wix and Squarespace (just to name a few) offering a plethora of options. Once you’ve setup your website, it is essential that you have terms and conditions in place, a legally binding contract between users and yourself outlining the set of rules and guidelines which users agree to and follow.

Having trouble setting up your T&Cs? LawPath can help you create a Website Terms and Conditions in just 5 minutes.

If you aren’t sure why you need T&Cs for your website, here are just a few reasons:

5 Reasons Why you need a Website Terms and Conditions

1. Prevent Abuse from Users

T&Cs will inform users of the data being collected and how it can be used. It will also outline the consequences of users who abuse the website. For example, T&Cs could include a clause outlining that harmful language, defamatory content and spamming of other users won’t be tolerated. If a user is found to be abusing your website, those users could be temporarily banned.

2. Own Your Content

As the website owner, you own the logo, content and even the design of the website. The last thing you want to happen is for somebody else to take credit for the content you’ve spent hours curating. Hence, inserting an Intellectual Property clause will ensure the content is protected by international copyright laws.

3. Terminate Abusive Accounts

The right to terminate abusive accounts is also highly important for those with a registration section. Termination clauses are often inserted to ban or disable the accounts of abusive users based on their account’s activity.

4. Limit Liability

In addition to protecting your content from being replicated elsewhere, T&Cs which include a warranty disclaimer can also limit your liability in cases where errors are found in the content presented on the website. Specifically, owners cannot be held responsible for the information provided being accurate, complete or suitable for any purpose.

5. Set the Governing Law

Finally, a Governing Law clause would outline the jurisdiction that applies to the terms presented in the agreement.

Conclusion

Create your own comprehensive Website and Mobile Application T&Cs that feature warranty disclaimers, termination clauses and intellectual property clauses. For more details on how to write one, access LawPath’s Website Terms and Conditions and Mobile Application Terms and Conditions documents.

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Ricky Chan

Ricky is a Paralegal working in our content team which aims to provide free legal guides to facilitate public access to legal resources. With a keen interest in contract law, his primary research focuses on small businesses, and how they can better navigate complex legal procedures.