Terms of Use, Sales and Cookies

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Terms of Use / Terms of Sales

Even if your site is not a web shop, you will need to inform your visitors about the terms of use of your website. In TOWeb, a page is provided for this purpose (located at the end of the drop-down list of topics your website) and should contain at least the following information:

  • your copyright notice and conditions about the reuse of your photos, texts and other information contains in your website
  • your terms of sales, conditions and/or legal obligations
  • your respect fot privacy and the use you make of personal information collected and/or transmitted by your visitors (or customers) from your site like for instance their email addresses and personal information transmitted via your contact form, or personal data collected by cookies on your site.

We recommend placing a link inside the footer or fatfooter of your site that will point to your terms of sales (or terms of use) of your site.

The introduction/agreement page of your site

A site introduction page is a page where all your new visitors will be redirected when they access your site for the very first time. This page may be useful for example to inform your visitors about the content of your website before their visit (especially if your website is intended for an adult audience for instance), to warn them and ask for their consent, to inform your visitors about major changes on your site, to put images and links to sub-sites (if you have multiple sites), etc.
There can be only one introduction page for a site and this introduction page will not contain any menu nor footer (but only the capabilities to select another language if your site is multilingual). The introduction page can be created by using the button (  ) "add a new topic"  and you can create it by using or not these two options :

  • a mandatory agreement checkbox to enter your site : your visitors will need to check it and so accept your terms before they can access your site. The text displayed by default in this box is a predefined text of your site that can be changed at your convenience (from step "Options > Language > Translate TOWeb predefined text"). If you have not used the option during the creation of your introduction/agreement page but want to add it later on, then simply place the name of the predefined field %TW-SITE-AGREEMENT% in the text of the paragraph where you want it to appear.
  • a leave button as alternative to exit your site if you want your visitor to have the possibility to go somewhere else, like for instance to the Google search engine page.

Access to your site has to be done by a link to the topic of your choice (usually your home page but it can be another topic such as that of all the conditions of your site) and this link must use the mandatory button style (blue button). Other links located in your introduction/agreement page (like for instance a link to leave your site and go elsewhere) will have to use different style.

Cookie consent banner

A cookie consent is a script that will automatically add a header banner on your web pages to inform your visitors that cookies are used on your site and ask for their consent. This feature has been added in TOWeb to comply with the Europa legislation on cookies. If your visitors are mostly located in the European Union we recommend that you enable this option, otherwise this is not necessary. you can activate cookie consent on your website by going to the screen "Options > Security & HTML settings > Content protection" and checking the option named "Prompt visitor for cookie consent".
The cookie consent banner does not appear in TOWeb design mode but only on a local preview of your site (F12) or when viewed online. The text consent proposed by default in this banner can be customized from screen  "Options > Languages > Translate TOWeb's predefined text" inside the “General” tab. The text {OK} represents the consent button, you can modify it but retaining the curly braces.

You may also use the option to automatically add a link to your terms of use for more information about privacy concerns on your site. The text proposed by default for this link is “More…”  but it can be modified from screen “Options > Languages> Translate TOWeb's predefined texts”.

Once a visitor clicks and agrees to use cookies on your site, the banner disappears and will no longer be displayed thereafter for 1 year on further visits. If you have already clicked the banner consent button but want to see the banner again (eg to retest it) then you will need to delete the cookies from your web browser or visit your site using another web browser to perform a new test as a new visitor.
The use of cookies on a TOWeb site is required when using an e-commerce site with online sales or if you use any TOWeb i-services (blogs, polls, ...) but also if you use :
- any site tracking services such as Google Analytics
- any advertising management scripts such as Google Adsense
- any social network sharing buttons such as those of Facebook, Google + 1 or Twitter.

We recommend you to list the features and cookies you use inside your terms of sales (or terms of use) and place a link to it inside the footer of your site.