This guide includes tips for writing your terms, and information about how to display terms on your site in a clear, accessible location.
Note: All businesses have unique needs, and the ideas in this guide aren’t meant to be exhaustive. Squarespace can’t provide more specific help on what language to use in your terms, policies, or legal notices, and you should contact an attorney for specific advice about your business.
Writing your terms
Your website terms should let visitors know what to expect when making purchases, and how to interact with content on your site. You should let visitors know:
- Who you are and how to contact you
- That by using your site, your website terms apply to their use
- What terms apply to their use of the site and your services
- Your sales, delivery, and return policies
- Which payment methods are accepted
- The rules for making public comments on your site, including that copyright infringement in comments is not allowed
- How to contact you to report copyright infringement
- That your content is protected by copyright laws
- That your content can’t be used for commercial purposes by others
- What country’s laws will govern the use of your site if there’s a dispute
- What information you collect
- How you collect that information
- How you share that information
Displaying terms on your site
Checkout (stores only)
If you use Squarespace Commerce, you can add return policies, terms of service, and privacy policies to your checkout page. After filling in these settings, your checkout page will have links that open these policies in a pop-up window.
Certain laws may require informing site visitors of cookies used by the website and receiving visitors’ consent to use certain types of cookies. You can do this by adding a cookie banner to your site.
In your footer, add text or links to Not Linked pages containing your various policies. This makes key information accessible from nearly any page. You can also add text to the site footer. To learn more, visit:
Adding navigation links to your policies is another way to make them accessible from almost any page. You can add your policies to a single page or as multiple pages grouped into a folder. In version 7.1, some templates offer secondary navigation areas. Linking to your policies in these areas keeps this content visible without taking away from the main focus of your site.
Newsletter Block disclaimer
If you collect email addresses in a Newsletter Block, you can add information about how you use this data to the Disclaimer field. This text displays below the email field in the form. It says “We respect your privacy” as a starting point, but you can change it.
Announcing your terms
After updating your policies, you can notify visitors about recent changes with an announcement bar or promotional pop-up. These methods are highly visible and ensure visitors are aware of important information.