Why you need Terms and Conditions on your website

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Website terms and conditions, also referred to as "terms of service" or "terms of use," represent a legal pact between your website and its users. They enable you to exclude users who abuse your site, maintain your legal rights against potential site abusers and more.

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Sample Terms and Conditions

Your website's terms and conditions outline the rules that a user must follow to utilize your site. They are designed to protect you, your company and your customers.

Ecwid makes it simple to establish website terms and conditions that are easy to understand and won't overwhelm your site's users. 

Check out our English Terms and Conditions template and a German Terms and Conditions template to view a sample terms and condition page.

What happens if you don't have Terms and Conditions on your website

In many instances, there is no legal requirement to set up terms and conditions for your website. However, failure to set up terms of use may cause problems if one of your customers takes you to court. In this scenario, your terms and conditions can limit your liability in legal proceedings. They also safeguard your rights to the content contained on your site.

A court will look at your website's terms of service to define the contractual terms between your site and its users. As such, when you establish a terms and conditions page, you'll want to put together content that will hold up in court.

You might want to have your customers agree to Terms and Conditions before placing an order. Check the instruction on how to add the "I agree" checkbox.

Where to place Terms and Conditions on the website

Many websites will place a link to their terms and conditions page at the bottom of their homepage. That way, users can locate the terms and conditions page easily and view it at any time, and the link blends seamlessly into the site's overall design.

Enabling legal pages in your Ecwid store

You can add several types of legal pages to your Ecwid Store, including:

  • Legal Info
  • Terms
  • Revocation Policy
  • Privacy Policy
  • Shipping Cost/Payment Info

To add legal pages:

  1. Go to your Ecwid Control Panel → Settings → General.
  2. Open the Legal Pages tab.
  3. Enable the pages you want to have in your store.
  4. Click Edit to unfold the page's settings and content form.
  5. Specify the title for your page.
  6. Enter the content.
  7. Save the changes.

Typical website Terms and Conditions page

A website terms and conditions page may include information related to the following areas:

  • Copyright for the material offered on the website and store pages and trademark
  • Ownership of the site
  • Requirements to use the store, e.g. whether registration is required
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