Learn more about website terms and conditions
Website terms and conditions explain how your website legally operates and sets the rules for using your website. Terms and conditions can include information on intellectual property rights, transaction conditions and returns, and limitations of liability and disclaimers.
This form may also be called a:
Who should use this form?
- Website disclaimer
- Website disclaimer document
- Terms and conditions page
- Website usage terms and conditions
- Website terms and conditions form
If you have a website, whether for a large business, a small business, or even an informational blog, you should strongly consider creating website terms and conditions.
These terms act as a contract between you and your website’s users. It can limit your liability and define you and your users’ rights in the case of a lawsuit against you.
What to include in website terms and conditions
Website terms and conditions can differ depending on the purpose and type of website. However, most terms and conditions include the same basic information.
To limit your liability, you should state that you disclaim any liability for errors on your website, including content errors. This means that you cannot be held responsible for the errors if the user relies on them. You can also limit liability to postings from other users, if your website allows other users to post or share information. The disclaimer would mean that you would not be responsible and do not endorse the statements that other people make.
If your website has a copyright or trademark, be sure to include the relevant trademark or copyright signal, such as © or TM.
Finally, you should also include a statement about which state and country laws govern your website. For instance, you can state, “These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of the United States of America and the laws of the State of Washington.”
Consider having a lawyer review your finished website terms and conditions to ensure that you are fully protected. Once you are satisfied about the validity of your website terms and conditions, you can post them on your website.