Part of doing business on the web these days is ensuring that you are in compliance with local, national and international law. While laws can vary from place to place and by what type of website you’re running, there are WordPress plugins to help you with those responsibilities.
While nothing here should be substituted for actual legal advice (if you have questions, ask someone whose job it is to know the answers), here’s a list of plugins to help with compliance issues, broken down by category.
EU Cookie Law
Cookie Law Info will create a customizable banner to inform visitors of your cookie policies. The banner can be automatically removed after a few seconds or you can require the user to accept your terms manually.
Guerrilla’s Legal Pages makes it easy to add Privacy, Terms of Service and DCMA Policy to your site. Install the plugin, activate it and the pages will be automatically generated with your website’s name and URL.
Those running WooCommerce can take the pain out of VAT with WooCommerce EU VAT Compliance. It will record a customer’s location, show VAT calculations in the backend and automatically add VAT to product pricing. You can even block out EU customers if you’d rather not collect VAT at all.
EDD Quaderno helps to make Easy Digital Downloads shops compliant with VAT and the intricacies of other locales. It will also create improved versions of the standard EDD receipts. To use the plugin, you’ll need a Quaderno account.
Some websites will need to verify a user’s age before allowing them to browse. With Easy Age Verifier, you may set a required age (the default is 21 – legal drinking age in the US) and a form will appear for user input. The form is also customizable.
Age Verify is a simple way to ask for a user’s age. Choose the required minimum age for users to move on and browse your site and set a cookie to remember them on future visits.
This unofficial add-on for Gravity Forms will allow users to digitally sign documents on your website. There’s also a version for Ninja Forms.
Contact Form 7 Signature Addon lets you add a handwritten signature field to Contact Form 7. Signatures can be sent to you as an attachment.
Keeping it Legal
Granted, it can be a bit of a hassle to keep track of compliance issues. But that doesn’t make it any less vital to do so. WordPress plugins are there to make the task a bit easier – even automating the process is some cases.
So, there’s no excuse for slacking! Take some time to learn your responsibilities as a website owner and use the handy plugins above to help you manage. Obviously, the use of these plugins alone won’t make you compliant – but they will help set you on the right path.