5 Ways to Make Your Website Legal
We see businesses pay a lot of attention (and money) to the design of their websites. However, some of these small businesses fail to make use of this hard work, owing to how they forget to make their websites legal. Here are five ways in which you might be able to achieve that:
Terms and Conditions
Another requirement for legal websites is for you to have a contract setting the terms and conditions in place. Why is that important? It is because such a contract sets out the behaviors that you expect from your visitors, as well as the behaviors the visitors can expect from you. If you think about it, this is essential for getting things started off in the right direction. If you think about it, however, there are other benefits that such a contract has got to offer as well. For instance, contracts that have been solidly designed, while keeping interests of the company in mind, will do wonders for the purpose of limiting your overall legal liability. On top of that, it will also be essential for the protection of your intellectual property as well as the timely collection of payments. Having a terms and conditions contract in place will, on the whole, make your website less expensive.
In accordance with the Equality Act 2010, a website needs to be accessible to all kinds of users for it to be legal, including the visually impaired and people with other disabilities. When you talk about the visually impaired individuals, in particular, the fact of the matter is that your website needs to be as readable as possible for the screen readers. It is advisable for you to make use of the services of an experienced web designer in this regard. As a general rule of thumb, however, it’s imperative for you to ensure that any images that you might have included in your website have ‘alt tags’ with them, so that there are text equivalents for non-text elements. Your website should also be readable as a pure HTML without the need of a CSS stylesheet.
If you’ve got an e-commerce website, then there’s a high chance of the fact that you’re taking payments directly through your website. If this is the case then, in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Law, it is imperative for you to take the precautions necessary to keep the bank details of your customers safe. A big part of this security relies upon the overall security of your website, for obvious reasons. Thus the need for an SSL certificate arises. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. Having an SSL installed on your website will ensure that there’s an encrypted connection between your web server and the user’s browser so that they might be able to make the payments on your website in the securest way possible. As a user, if the URL of a website changes to https:// at checkout, then it means that the website is making use of an SSL.
It is important for your website to have a Copyright Notice as well. Why? Well, it is because it will make the visitors and users of your website aware of the fact that all of the content is your legal and intellectual property and that nobody has got the right to make use of it without your permission. Unlike the other considerations on this list, a Copyright Notice is not an essential legal requirement, but it is still of utmost importance. It is because a Copyright Notice will do wonders for deterring the visitors of your website from stealing the material on your website. Believe me when I say that there’s nothing worse than having your hard work and intellectual property stolen.
Make it fancy but remember to keep it legal, at the same time!