June 25, 2018

The Four Essentials Every Website Must Have

At WebDesignerSujata we build countless websites. All of them have different designs and functionality, but there are four elements that are essential on every site. Thoughts of flashy features may be running through your mind, but think again. These entail simple components that are highly important. Below we will discuss what they are and why they are needed.

1. Privacy Policy

If your website collects any personally identifiable information from users, you are required by law to have a privacy policy. This specifies what type of personal information you collect such as first and last name, credit card information, email, address, and Social Security number. Additionally, it should explain how the information is collected and used, whether the information is shared to third parties, security measures in place to protect users, and how users can change, correct, or delete personal information that has been collected.

2. Terms of Use

Although not legally required, it is a good idea to have a terms of use or terms and conditions page. This details the rules that visitors must follow when using your site. It should also include disclaimers limiting your legal liability for errors, inaccuracies, links to other websites, and statements made by third parties. Furthermore, it tends to specify the location where your website is operating and the company name and address. This allows users to know what legal jurisdiction the site is governed by.

3. Site Map

In simplest terms, a site map lists all the pages of your website in a hierarchical format. This not only enables visitors to easily locate a page, but it can ensure Google and other search engines can index the content within your site. It is especially helpful for websites that are unusually large or have been launched recently. Some content management systems will automatically generate a site map while others must be developed manually.

4. Copyright

Any original content on your website is protected under copyright law. Although a copyright notice is not mandatory, it is good to include this as it can support your legal rights and help you with damages should someone steal your content. Furthermore, it may deter infringements from happening in the first place. Through posting one copyright notice on the footer of the homepage, it is sufficient to cover the entire site.