These legal documents often tell how and why data is collected from visitors and what is done with it, at least as much as they legally need to report. This is a common practice in eCommerce because of the personal information required to make purchases.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to do this without installing additional plugins or components.
To create the policy, you’ll need to know how it works and what information you’ll need to put into the statement. The Better Business Bureau has a good sample layout for you to use as a guideline. However, you can probably find more samples online.
Take the time to create a policy that protects yourself as well as your visitors. You want everyone to feel safe when using your website, and covering all contingencies may take a bit of planning.
From the WordPress dashboard, click on Pages and select the Add New option. This is located in the left column of the admin screen.
Once you’re done creating the policy, click on the «Publish» button.
Now, the statement is live and ready for visitors. However, it’s not yet quite visible enough.
Step 2: Create A Custom Menu
There are plenty of options you could choose to display this policy on, but without a doubt, the most popular option is the footer area.
This will require access to the foot segment of your website. If you don’t have access to the foot or if it’s blank, you may want to consider installing a new theme into WordPress.
A lot of themes give you access to sidebars, content areas, headers, and the footer.
But first, you’re going to create a custom menu for your website. Click on Appearances and select the Menus option.
Step 3: Customize the Widget
Once the menu is saved, click on Appearances and select the Widgets option. In this section, you’re going to add widgets to customize the appearance of your site.
The Widgets section is separated into two areas: widgets and locations. Using a drag-and-drop interface, you pull widgets from the list on the left and drop them into the locations on the right. This section may include Sidebar, Content, Header or Footer. Unfortunately, not all themes are designed the same way.
For instance, I am using the BusinessBuilder theme which has access to three footer areas. It also has a Search element in the first Footer component. If your theme has this, click on Search.
Delete the Search option and drag the Custom Menu widget into Footer area.
Click on the Save button when you are done.
The point is to make sure everyone can access it easily.
While it is pretty easy to do this manually as seen above, there are quite a few plugins you can use to save some time. Here are a couple you might want to try.
The plugin then uses the data to create a statement based on common policies on the Internet.
After that, the plugin generates the policy for you.
The plugin also has compliance settings that help you add it to your footer and notify users whenever there is a change in the policy.
Adding these templates to a page is simple thanks to the one-click legal template insertion tool. Just be sure that all of the information in your General Settings is up to date as the plugin will use that to customize the forms for your business.
Make Sure You Inform Your Visitors
Telling your customers exactly what you do with their data is much better than them finding out from another source. And with the prevalence of the mob mentality, one controversy is all it takes to end a business.