Using wordpress.com and need to add terms and conditions to your site? We’ll show you how!
Let’s take a look at why you should have Terms and Conditions, what to include, where to generate and how to add iubenda’s terms and conditions to your WordPress.com site
Please note that while they share the same name and are the same organization wordpress.org and wordpress.com have a few differences. With wordpress.org you host your own site whereas with wordpress.com (the “WordPress” referred to in this guide) hosting is handled for you. WordPress.com is good for beginners as it is easier to set up, but it comes with some limitations.
If you use wordpress.org please click here.
Unless you’re using your site for commerce, you’re technically are not legally required to have Terms and Conditions for your WordPress.com. However, it’s a good idea to have one.
By having Terms and conditions you are protecting your business from liabilities and giving yourself control over how your content, product, or service is interacted with. Without terms and Conditions, it’s often difficult to mount an effective defense – should problems arise.
While a terms and conditions document doesn’t grant copyrights, it does help you to establish rules around the copyright of your content and disclose any licenses you grant to users in relation to it. Read more on how to copyright your website.
If you’re running an e-commerce site, please note that having terms and conditions may be mandatory as they typically contain legally required information like warranty and withdrawal information more info here.
Each website’s Terms and Conditions will be unique. That being said, if you want to prevent abuse it’s a good idea to include these clauses in your Terms and Conditions for WordPress.com:
You can see more here:
Once you’ve generated your Terms and Conditions with iubenda there are two ways to integrate it on your WordPress.com:
To get started first head over to your iubenda dashboard, click on [Your website] > Terms and Conditions > Embed
To add your Terms and Conditions via a direct link, firstly, you’ll need to click on Use a direct link and click on COPY under the section titled “Terms and Conditions”
Next, we’ll actually add the link to your WordPress.com website. To do this, we’re going to use the links widget.
Links widgets can essentially be added all over the design you’re using with links going practically anywhere you want them.
In your WP admin in the sidebar, click on Links and then Add New
After that, you’ll need to:
Lastly, place the links widget in the footer of the site. This is done by placing this in a category within your footer. For this, find Appearance in your admin panel (on the left of your screen), hover over it to open the second panel, and click on Widgets.
In this window, you should now see the footer widget area. This is where you’ll need to place the category containing your links.
To do this, simply:
Click the Save button and you’re done! You’ve successfully added your terms and conditions document to your WordPress.com site.
The direct text embedding option makes your Terms and Conditions Document look as if it is a part of your own site. For direct text embedding (in this case, you need to create an empty page on WordPress.com, and paste your iubenda code there)
> Embed the text in the body >Terms and Condition > Copy
Copying the code directly will still apply iubenda styling (fonts etc.) to your document. If you’d like the document to take the styling directly from your website, select the white label option here.
This will strip all iubenda styling from your document.
In WP > Admin Panel > Pages > Add New
Make sure that you’re editing your page via the “text editor” or “custom HTML” view.
From here you can paste the embedded text that you copied from your iubenda dashboard into your page.
Click Publish and you’re done! You’ve successfully added your terms and conditions document to your WordPress.com site.
*Please note: if you’re using the classic editor plugin, you’ll need to ensure that you’re editing via the ”text editor”
💡Not sure what privacy documents you need for your WordPress.com? Do this quick quiz to see which laws apply to you and your business.