Basic Website Terms of Use Template

Basic Website Terms of Use


These Basic Website Terms of Use are designed for use with simple websites, providing straightforward, non-interactive content. This template is best suited to websites run by individuals or small businesses.

These terms of use are designed for acceptance through use, rather than users being prompted to read and accept them by checking a box or a similar method. In other words, visitors to your website are deemed to have accepted them as soon as they start using the site.

Important information about the website operator is provided, including company registration details, trading address, and details of any relevant regulatory bodies or associations. Note that for certain trades and professions there may be additional information that you must provide. Members of regulated professions should include professional titles, links to professional rules and other important details. Such details are not included in this template and those working in regulated professions should seek professional advice.

Intellectual property rights including copyright are protected by these terms of use. A number of options are included in this template that allow you to choose how much flexibility to give to your users when it comes to copying and saving material from your site, as well as establishing deep-links to pages within your site on other sites. Additional linking provisions included in the template may also help to prohibit users from establishing links to your site from sites publishing offensive or unlawful content.

Disclaimers and liability provisions in this template aim to protect website operators to the maximum extent deemed reasonable. It is important, however, to make sure that such provisions are not made too tough – particularly when dealing with consumers – as they may be considered unfair in the eyes of the law. Additional provisions, therefore, are included that apply only to business users.

Other key clauses in these website terms of use address internet security, data protection, privacy and cookies (integrating separate policies into the terms of use by reference), acceptable use of your website (more detailed usage provisions are included in terms of use for sites offering more interactivity), and opting in and out of marketing communications. All parts of this template are designed to be compatible with consumer protection legislation including, but not limited to, the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Optional phrases / clauses are enclosed in square brackets. These should be read carefully and selected so as to be compatible with one another. Unused options should be removed from the document.

This template is duplicated in the Website Terms & Conditions group.

These Basic Website Terms of Use contain the following clauses:

1. Definitions and Interpretation
2. Information About Us
3. Access to Our Site
4. Intellectual Property Rights
5. Links to Our Site
6. Links to Other Sites
7. Disclaimers
8. Our Liability
9. Viruses, Malware and Security
10. Acceptable Usage Policy
11. Privacy and Cookies
12. Changes to these Terms and Conditions
13. Contacting Us
14. [Communications from Us]
15. Data Protection
16. Law and Jurisdiction

This document is in open format. Either enter the requisite details in the highlighted fields or adjust the wording to suit your purposes.

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