How to Add a Privacy Policy in WordPress

Do you want to add a privacy policy on your WordPress site? Privacy policy is a document required by law that discloses the information you collect about visitors on your website. In this article, we will show you how to easily add a privacy policy… Read More »

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Do you want to add a privacy policy on your WordPress site? Privacy policy is a document required by law that discloses the information you collect about visitors on your website. In this article, we will show you how to easily add a privacy policy in WordPress.

How to add a privacy policy page in WordPress

What is Privacy Policy and Do You Need it on Your Website?

All websites collect information about their visitors in different ways. In many countries (including the United States), websites are required by law to disclose the information they collect about their visitors and how this information is used.

Here are some of the ways in which a typical WordPress site collects user information.

All websites on the internet should have a privacy policy page. It protects your business from legal issues and also helps build consumer trust.

What to Include in a Privacy Policy?

The basic requirements for a privacy policy are quite simple. You need to list all the ways you collect or intend to collect user information on your website.

A simple privacy policy page should contain the following information:

  • Information you collect about users visiting your website.
  • Methods used to collect information, e.g. cookies and web beacons, sign up, registration, comment forms, etc.
  • Mention all third-party advertisers collecting user information on your website like Google Adsense.
  • Include links to the privacy policy of each advertising program you participate in
  • How users can block cookies and opt-out of third party advertisements
  • Your contact information so that users can reach out if they have questions

There are many websites on the internet that allow you to automatically generate text for your privacy policy or terms of service pages.

You can also use WPBeginner’s privacy policy page as an starting point. Simply replace all references to WPBeginner and our parent company with the name of your website or business.

Adding a Privacy Policy Page in WordPress

First you need to visit Pages » Add New in your WordPress admin area to create your new privacy policy page.

You should name your page Privacy Policy, so that your users immediately know what this page is about.

Creating a new privacy policy page in WordPress

Next, you need to add the text for your privacy policy page. You can copy the text of our privacy policy page or use an online privacy policy generator.

You can even use a plugin like Auto Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to generate the content.

Don’t forget to add your own contact information and business name before hitting the publish button.

Adding Link to Privacy Policy Page in WordPress

Most websites display link to their privacy policy page in the footer area of their website. This way the link appears on every page but is not taking space in your main navigation menu.

There are multiple ways to do this. You can simply add the link to your theme’s footer.php file. If this is your first time editing a WordPress theme file, then take a look at our guide on how to copy paste code in WordPress.

<a href="http://example.com/privacy-policy">Privacy Policy</a>

Many WordPress themes have widget areas in the footer. You can add a custom menu widget with the link to your privacy policy page in this area.

First, you will need to visit Appearance » Menus page and create a new custom menu. See our beginner’s guide on how to add navigation menu in WordPress for detailed instructions.

Creating a new custom menu

Don’t forget to click on the save menu button to save your new menu.

After creating your menu head over to Appearance » Widgets page. You will notice ‘Custom Menu’ widget under the list of available widgets.

Add this widget to your footer widget area. See our guide on how to add and use widgets in WordPress.

Add custom menu widget

You will need to select the custom menu you created earlier in the widget settings and then click on the save button.

That’s all, you have successfully added a privacy policy page to your WordPress site.

Privacy policy link in the footer

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How to Require Terms of Service Agreement in WordPress

Often websites show their terms of service and privacy policy before allowing the user to use their services. Recently, one of our users asked if it was possible to add terms of service agreements for WordPress user registration. In this article, we will show you… Read More »

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Often websites show their terms of service and privacy policy before allowing the user to use their services. Recently, one of our users asked if it was possible to add terms of service agreements for WordPress user registration. In this article, we will show you how to add terms of service agreement in WordPress.

Terms of service agreement

Who Needs to Add Terms of Service Agreement in WordPress?

WordPress can be used to create almost any kind of websites. In order to fulfill legal requirements, some website owners may need users to agree with their terms and conditions.

These terms and conditions may protect site owners from unnecessary legal troubles in the future. Websites that handle personal information, forums, eCommerce and membership websites, or websites publishing content intended for mature audiences can all benefit from this action.

One way to fulfill this legal requirement is by simply adding a terms of service page and adding a link to it in your website’s footer. However, in many cases, you may need users to agree before they can proceed.

Let’s see how you can easily require terms of service agreement in WordPress.

Adding Terms and Conditions Agreement in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Agreeable plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Agreeable to configure the plugin settings.

Agreeable settings

Start by providing an error message that users will see when they don’t check the agree box. After that, you need to choose your terms of service page from the drop down menu.

If you haven’t already created one, then you can head over to Pages » Add New to create your terms and conditions page.

Please note that the plugin does not generate your terms of service page. There are online tools you can use to generate a generic terms of service page based on your site’s requirements. However, we recommend that you hire an attorney to review your terms of service and privacy policy (see: 10 biggest business mistakes entrepreneurs make)

Once you are done, make sure that you publish your terms and conditions page.

After publishing your terms of service page, come back to Agreeable settings and select the page from the drop down menu.

Next, you need to enter the text users will see with the terms of service agreement checkbox under the message field. You also need to check the box to remember user’s agreement for 30 days. Doing so users will not be bothered to check it every time they visit.

Agreeable plugin comes with two ways users can read your terms of service page. They can simply click on the link, and it will open in a new tab where users can review the terms and privacy policy. You can also choose to open the terms page in a lightbox popup.

Agreeable display settings

If you want to use the lightbox popup, then check the box next to active under the lightbox options. You can also choose text and background colors to be used in the lightbox popup.

Finally, the last section on the settings page allows you to choose where you want to display terms and conditions checkbox. You can choose to display it on login, registeration, and comment forms.

If you are using a front-end login page or widget, then the plugin will automatically show the terms agreement checkbox.

Terms of service agreement checkbox

Don’t forget to click on the update options button to store your settings. You can now visit login, registration, or comment form to see terms and conditions checkbox in action.

We hope this article helped you add terms of service agreement in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to add age verification in WordPress.

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