Regardless of the kind of website that you run, whether or not it is your intention to make any money from your website in any way, it is clearly in your best interest to make sure you are covered from a legal perspective. Lawyers can be very expensive and generic templates can be inadequate.
This is where Website Policies steps in, creating custom policies and agreements for your website. And yes, you can get started for free.
The Easy Policy Wizard
Understandably, you don’t get dedicated access to a professional lawyer to draft up whole new documents for your online business. However, the agreements offered through Website Policies are drafted and maintained by lawyers, so you can be sure that the legal language contained within is in line with what is required.
These are not wholly generic policies either, because you are given the opportunity to go through a quick wizard to customize the agreements to fit your website or product. The questions are asked in a survey-like fashion using everyday language that nearly anyone can understand. Based on the information you provide, the resulting policy is available for download immediately and you can implement it right away.
Terms of Service Policy
Also serving as a disclaimer, this kind of policy is legally binding and protects both you and the user by clearly outlining those rules.
If you sell any products or services, both physical or digital, through your website, then it is in your best interest to have a refund policy in place. This makes it clear (and legally compliant) how, why and when a customer may request a refund.
A refund policy outlines what a customer has to do in order to get their money back. If you have a 30-day, no questions asked, money back guarantee, it is imperative that you state the rules and restrictions on such a guarantee through your official refund policy.
Again, the wizard here works in a very similar way, except the questions are geared more toward whether or not you offer refunds, how many days do customers have to ask for refunds, and whether or not you offer additional services after the initial product purchase.
Is It Really Free?
For basic, personal use, you can create your website policies through this service absolutely free of charge. The stipulation is that you must retain the link and credit back to WebsitePolicies.com as part of any policy you generate through the site in order to use the free license.
The more important stipulation is that there is a $14.95 one-time fee if you wish to have a commercial license. There are several circumstances in which a commercial license may be required, like if your website sells products or services or if your terms of service policy needs certain additional disclaimers. These are all clearly indicated as such as you go through the wizard.