01 November 2019
Adding a disclaimer to your website is a simple yet effective way to communicate important information to your site visitors. Disclaimers can also help limit your legal liability in certain cases.
While not every website or blog will necessarily need a disclaimer, some certainly should have one.
Common types of websites that should definitely have a disclaimer include sites where:
For examples of common disclaimers and an explanation of the benefits of each, check out our article on Disclaimer Examples. For assistance creating your disclaimer, our Sample Disclaimer Template is a popular resource.
Once you have your disclaimer ready to be displayed, here's how you can add it to your WordPress site for maximum effectiveness. First, we'll show you how to create a disclaimer page, where the text of your disclaimer will go. Then we'll show you how to link that page to your WordPress site's footer or other menu area.
Now you can add a link to your site that will take your users to the Disclaimer page. We'll show you how to add this link in a few easy steps.
You can manually add a link to your Disclaimer page in your website's footer or sidebar space by adding the link to the footer.php.file or the sidebar.php.file.
If your WordPress theme has widget functionality, you can add a link to your Disclaimer page to your site footer or sidebar by doing the following steps:
Your WordPress website will now have a Disclaimer page and a link to this page in the area you selected.
Linking to your Disclaimer in a site footer or sidebar menu is a universal, smart way to make sure your disclaimer is noticeable and easily accessible. However, sometimes you may need or want to include your disclaimer directly in the text of a blog post, article or page on your blog.
For example, if you create a post that has affiliate links, you're required by the FTC to make sure that the post is clearly labeled as having affiliate links. One way to do this is to include a link directly within the post that goes to the Disclaimer page you just created.
Here's how Katie over at the Wellness Mama blog discloses that posts contain affiliate links. She adds this statement at the beginning of articles where they're sure to be noticed, and links off to her affiliate policy page:
You could do something similar with your posts and link to the Disclaimer page you learned to create earlier in the article. This method works well regardless of what type of disclaimer you use.
After you create the Disclaimer or Disclaimers that you'd like (or need) on your WordPress website:
This article is not a substitute for professional legal advice. This article does not create an attorney-client relationship, nor is it a solicitation to offer legal advice.