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How to Require Terms of Service Agreement in WordPress

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In today’s digital world, fostering trust and transparency with your website users is critical. A well-crafted terms of service agreement serves as a cornerstone for building this trust and outlining the expectations and responsibilities for both you and your visitors.

At WPBeginner, we have written numerous guides about safeguarding your website from potential legal issues using different tips and legal agreements.

We have also researched various benefits of terms of service agreement, and potential concerns, and provided practical steps for implementing a user-friendly TOS.

In this article, we will show you how to add a terms of service agreement to your WordPress website, step by step.

How to require terms of service agreement in WordPress

What Is a Terms of Service Agreement and Why Add to WordPress?

A terms of service (TOS) agreement is a set of conditions users must agree to in order to use your website, submit a form, request a quote, join your email list, and order products on your WooCommerce store. It protects your intellectual property and improves user experience by showing users that your site is trustworthy.

By adding terms of service agreement to WordPress, you can help prevent spam, limit your liability, and have users agree to specific website policies.

With that said, let’s show you how to require a terms of service agreement on your WordPress site.

Create a Terms of Service Agreement in WordPress

If you don’t have a terms of service agreement yet, then you’ll need to create one and add it to WordPress.

There are multiple ways to create a TOS agreement. For example, you can use an online generator, copy the text from another site, hire a lawyer, or use a TOS plugin to generate one for you.

Editor’s Note: We recommend consulting a professional lawyer to create your website’s terms of service. The automatic term of service generator plugin below can work, but it cannot guarantee compliance.

For this tutorial, we’ll be using the WP AutoTerms plugin to generate generic terms of service, but you can use the method that works best for you.

First, you need to install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After that, navigate to WP AutoTerms » Add Legal Pages in your WordPress dashboard.

Then, click the ‘Create’ button in the ‘Terms and Conditions’ area.

Create terms of service

Next, you need to give information about your business.

This includes your WordPress website URL, company name, location, and more.

Enter business information for tos

You also need to answer the questions that will help to create the terms and service agreement best for your website.

Once you’re done, click the ‘Create’ button.

Answer terms of service questions

This brings you to a page where you can view your terms of service agreement.

If you’re satisfied with the page, then click the publish.

Publish terms of service

Next, you want to copy the terms of service text to add to your WordPress form below.

Simply select the text, right-click, and then click the ‘Copy’ option.

Copy terms of service text

Add Your Terms of Service Agreement to WordPress Forms

Once you’ve created your TOS agreement, you can require users to agree in order to take specific actions on your site. In this case, we’ll add the TOS agreement to a WordPress form.

To do this, we recommend using the WPForms plugin. It’s the best WordPress form plugin in the market and is used by over 6 million sites.

WPForms Site

You can quickly build out any kind of WordPress form using the drag-and-drop builder, including online order forms, simple contact forms, donation forms, and much more.

Note: We will be using the free version of the plugin to create a terms of service contact form, but you can also use the pro version that gives you access to additional features, form templates, and more.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our beginner’s guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Once you’ve activated your plugin, go to the WPForms » Add New page from the WordPress admin sidebar to create a new form.

First, you need to choose a form template. Simply hover over a template and click the ‘Use Template’ button.

For this tutorial, we’ll select the ‘Terms of Service Contact Form’ template since it has a TOS checkbox built in.

Select WPForms terms of service template

This will bring you to the form editor screen.

The form can be completely customized. You can drag fields from the left-hand menu to your form on the right.

Terms of service contact form editor screen

To edit individual form fields, simply click on them.

This brings up an options menu that lets you customize each individual field.

Customize individual form fields

Once you’ve finished customizing your form, click on the ‘Terms of Service’ form field.

This brings up an options panel where you can change the terms of service ‘Label,’ checkbox description, and paste the terms of service text that you copied earlier.

Then, make sure the ‘Required’ toggle is selected.

Change terms of service text

Next, click on the ‘Advanced’ tab.

Here, you can click the ‘Hide Label’ toggle if you want to hide the terms of service label.

Optional hide label toggle

After you’ve customized your WordPress terms and conditions form, you can configure the settings.

Head over to Settings » General. Here is where you can edit the Form Name, Form Description, and Submit Button Text.

edit general

On top of that, you’ll also want to send a confirmation message to visitors once they submit the contact form on your website. This lets people know that you’ve received their request.

To set that up, go to the Confirmations tab. Then, you can customize the email subject line, from name, from email, and email message.

wpforms notifications

We recommend using the WP Mail SMTP plugin when sending emails from WordPress because it helps to improve the deliverability of emails. It ensures they are sent through a proper SMTP server rather than relying on the default PHP mail function.

For more information, check out our ultimate guide on how to set up WP Mail SMTP with any host.

That said, once you’re happy with how your form looks, you can click ‘Save’ and exit the form builder.

Now, you need to add the form to your WordPress website. Simply open up a page or create a new one, then click the ‘Plus’ add block icon and select the ‘WPForms’ block.

Add WPForms block

Next, select the name of your form from the dropdown list.

This will automatically load a preview of your form in the page editor.

Select TOS form from drop down

Then, click the ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button to make your form live.

Now, you can visit your form page to see your terms of service agreement form in action.

Terms of service form example

Bonus: Adding Digital Signature Agreement to WordPress Forms

On top of requiring users to agree to your TOS, you might want to give users the option to digitally sign your form as well.

This works great for applications, contracts, volunteer forms, and more.

With WPForms, creating a contract agreement form is simple. There’s a signature field addon that makes it easy to add digital signatures to your WordPress forms.

WPForms signature form addon

For more details, see our guide on how to create a contract agreement form with digital signatures in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you learn how to require terms of service agreement in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to choose the best web design software as website owners and our expert picks of the best free website hosting.

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  4. Charles says

    Hello,

    Nice and helpful post. I want to use this opportunity to thank you for the good voluntary service you render through this website. Please I want to know the difference between Terms & Conditions, Terms of Service and Terms of Use.

    • Matt says

      Late reply, but it might help someone else in the future. The name of the agreement has less meaning than the agreement itself. The names Terms and Conditions, Service and Use basically mean the same thing. The use of them should be based on the targeting group and what might be easiest and most convenient for your customers. Hope this helps.

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