Setting Up Your Website Pages to Make Your Website Compliant

Hello and welcome to this article about setting up your website pages to make your website compliant. If you have stumbled upon this post from Gawd knows where, you may be interested to know that this is from a series of articles from a Kindle eBook called, “How to Set Up a WordPress Website from Scratch.” If you would prefer to buy the book to make life easier, feel free to download it by clicking the image below.

Okay, we have one more thing to do before we can move on. Yet again, this is something that doesn’t need to be done now but you might as well because it will make everything else easier to do in the future, especially stuff that will make your website legal (but more of that later).

There is a video for this section on setting up your website pages as well. You may actually want to watch it because it shows some things like deleting blocks and setting up pages that may be easier to understand visually. Of course, I’ve explained how to do everything below as well, but you may find it easier if you follow the video too.

Click on ‘Pages’ on the left and you should see a couple of pages already there – Privacy Policy and Sample Page. The first thing you can do is hover over the Sample Page and click ‘Bin’. You don’t need it so get rid of it. Now we get to the important part of setting up your website pages so grab a coffee to keep yourself awake, you’ll need to concentrate here.

Your Privacy Policy

Now, click on Privacy Policy and the page will open up with a privacy policy already in it. I’d like you to delete everything on this page except the title. We’re going to add a privacy policy later that will be more complete than the one that you have at present. 

Here’s how to delete blocks. Let’s use “Who we are” as an example. Click on it and you’ll see a bunch of options. You should see a capital ‘H’ and an ‘H2’. Then you’ll see the alignment symbol, ‘B’, ‘I’, and the ‘Link’ symbol with a small downward arrow. Finally, you should see three vertical dots. If you click on them, a drop-down menu will appear and right at the bottom you will see ‘Remove Block’. Click on that and “Who we are” will magically disappear.

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This is a bit tedious, but you only need to do this once, which is something. By the way, if you start from the bottom and work up the blocks, it is quicker because the block above is automatically selected. If you start at the top and work down this doesn’t happen.

Making Your New Privacy Policy

Now, you should click on this link and create your own privacy policy. I don’t think there is much you need to know. Just go through it, filling in the boxes. When you finish, you have a choice of HTML or plain text. Choose the plain text option. Select it all and copy it into your Privacy Policy page.

You may not know how to copy and paste easily so let me offer you some help here with some keyboard shortcuts. There are a lot more, of course, but these will help you speed things up now.

Once you have pasted your new privacy policy into your Privacy Policy page and finished making it look nice, make sure you hit the publish button at the top of your page on the right-hand side. You’re doing great so let’s move on to the next part of setting up your website pages. Go to the left-hand side of the page and click ‘Add New’ under the ‘Pages’.

Your Contact Me Page

You need to add another page which you can use for your contact form. You MUST have a contact form page so that your website users can contact you about your privacy policy. This is their right and it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, if you have visitors to your site from the EU (either now or in the future), you must always have these two pages.

So, you’re going to have to do two different things here. Firstly, you need to give your new page a title. Call it ‘Contact Me’ or something like that and then publish it. Don’t worry that it has nothing on it yet; we’re going to add a small piece of code in a minute.

Installing Your Contact Form Plugin

Now you need to click on ‘Plugins’ on the left. We’re going to look at plugins in a lot more detail later but for now, I just want you to add a Contact Form plugin. This will also act as a nice gentle introduction to how plugins work.

Don’t worry about the plugins you can see at the moment. We’ll get to them another time. For now, all I’d like you to do is go to the top of the plugins page and click ‘Add New’. Now, go to the search box, type in ‘contact form 7’, and it should appear automatically.

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Click on the ‘Install Now’ button and then the ‘Activate’ button once you can see it. You should be automatically taken back to the plugins page. Find ‘Contact Form 7’ in the list of plugins and click on ‘Settings’ that you will be able to see underneath it. 

This is the easiest part of setting up your website pages as, to be honest, you really don’t need to do anything here. You should see a contact form called ‘Contact form 1’ already there. You’ll also see a piece of shortcode that looks like this ‘contact-form-7 id=”12″ title=”Contact form 1″ (with square brackets [ ]around the code’. Copy it (remember the keyboard shortcuts here), click on the ‘Pages’ link, and then your ‘Contact Me’ page to open it up again. 

You should see a block under the title with a plus sign on the left-hand side of it. Click on the ‘+’ sign, scroll down to ‘Widgets’ and select ‘Shortcode’. A small box should appear. In this box, I want you to copy the shortcode from the contact form (Ctrl+v or Command+v). 

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If you now click the ‘Preview’ button next to the ‘Update’ button, you should see that your contact page now has a contact form inside it. If you want to test it out, send a message to yourself. Remember, your message will be sent to the email address you used in the general settings.

Your Terms & Conditions Page

Every website needs a privacy policy and a contact page. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world. If you have EU visitors, you must have them. Your website also needs a ‘Cookies Page’ but I am going to save that for later. However, there are two other pages that your website may need – a ‘Terms & Conditions’ Page, and an ‘Earnings Disclaimer’ Page (if you are using your website to sell things as an affiliate). 

What I am going to do now is to show you how to set up those two pages as well. You may not need them, so this bit is up to you. However, it really doesn’t do any harm to have the ‘Terms & Conditions’ page and if you followed the instructions in the video, you’ll have one anyway. Plus, even if you don’t technically need them, it’s not like the internet police are going to arrest you for adding them to your website. 

So, if you haven’t created a T & Cs page after watching the video, click on this link and create your ‘Terms and Conditions’. Now, create a new page. Click ‘Add New’ under ‘Pages’, call it ‘Terms & Conditions’, and then paste the Terms & Conditions you already generated. This is exactly the same thing you did for the ‘Privacy Policy’ page. 

Your Earnings Disclaimer Page

This is the last page you need to do for setting up your website pages but this one is not obligatory. If you are going to be recommending products which include affiliate links, you need to create a page for your ‘Earnings Disclaimer’. If you don’t know what to write here, feel free to copy the text below.

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Last updated: INSERT DATE

The information provided by YOUR SITE’S NAME (“we,” “us” or “our”) on YOUR DOMAIN (the “Site”) is for general informational purposes only. All information on the Site is provided in good faith, however, we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any information on the Site. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE SHALL WE HAVE ANY LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF THE SITE OR RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THE SITE. YOUR USE OF THE SITE AND YOUR RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION ON THE SITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

EXTERNAL LINKS DISCLAIMER 

The Site may contain (or you may be sent through the Site) links to other websites or content belonging to or originating from third parties or links to websites and features in banners or other advertising. Such external links are not investigated, monitored, or checked for accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness by us. WE DO NOT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY OR RELIABILITY OF ANY INFORMATION OFFERED BY THIRD-PARTY WEBSITES LINKED THROUGH THE SITE OR ANY WEBSITE OR FEATURE LINKED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING. WE WILL NOT BE A PARTY TO OR IN ANY WAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD-PARTY PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES. 

PROFESSIONAL DISCLAIMER 

The Site cannot and does not contain financial advice. The financial information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice. Accordingly, before taking any actions based upon such information, we encourage you to consult with the appropriate professionals. We do not provide any kind of financial advice. THE USE OR RELIANCE OF ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS SITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

AFFILIATES DISCLAIMER 

The Site may contain links to affiliate websites, and we receive an affiliate commission for any purchases made by you on the affiliate website using such links. Our affiliates include the following: 

●   AFFILIATE OFFERS ON YOUR SITE

Contact Us

If you’d like to get in touch with us about any of the above, you can contact us at YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.

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If you click on the ‘Pages’ link on the left-hand sidebar now, you should see four different pages:

– Privacy Policy
– Terms & Conditions
– Earnings Disclaimer (optional)
– Contact Me

If you have managed to do all that, well done! You have now are now (almost) legally covered. We still need to do a couple of things but for now, this is more than enough.

Nearly finished now, we just need to chat quickly about posts. Click on the ‘Posts’ link on the left. All you need to do here is delete the ‘Sample Post’ as it has absolutely no value. Hover over the title and click ‘Bin’.

Wrapping Setting Up Your Website Pages Up

Well done once again! You have now finished setting up your website pages and everything else you need to do in your back office. Now, we need to move onto setting up your actual website. If you are still doing this on the first day, keep going! You’re doing great. If this is your second or third session, who cares?!?! Keep going as well!

Michael Williams

Blogger, writer, teacher and an all-round good egg.

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