The components your website should have depends on what your site is/what function it serves. But below are five website components your site may need.
Components your site *should* have
There are two pages I believe almost any website should have regardless of what kind of site it is: a blog, a restaurant website, portfolio, other kind of local business, etc.
1. About page – It’s so important to tell your audience *who* is behind the website! On most websites, the about page is one of the most visited pages—for good reason. People want to know about the site owner/team behind the scenes.
2. Contact page – The “contact” section could be part of the about page. Either way, I think having some way a person can contact the site owner is important—whether it’s on its own page, in the footer of your website, in the sidebar, etc.
Legal components your site *may* need
Aside from the about and contact page, your site may need one of these three things.
3. Copyright – A copyright is necessary when you’re an author or creator of an original work such as books, photographs, songs, and other creative works. To add a copyright to your site, all you need to add is a visible “form of notice” somewhere on your site. Such as simply adding the “c” symbol (Example: © 2001 John Doe). Or the word “copyright”, the year of publication and the copyright owner.
5. Terms and conditions – By definition, terms and conditions are “rules which one must agree to abide by in order to use a service”. Terms and conditions are not required by law, but recommended. Especially if you have some kind of service (even a free one).
Here you can state your rules and regulations for a user when they register an account with you. It basically outlines usage of the website. Oftentimes websites add their policy on returns, refunds, and/or cancellations under their terms and conditions.
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