How to Add Terms and Conditions on the WooCommerce Checkout Page

Editorial Team
February 5, 2024
How to Add Terms and Conditions on the WooCommerce Checkout Page

Do you want to add or remove the terms and conditions on your WooCommerce checkout page?

Adding terms and conditions isn’t a legal requirement. However, it’s a crucial agreement that protects your business from legal disputes and mismatched expectations. 

It helps you to foster clear communication and mitigate disputes/misunderstandings.

In this blog, we’ll share a step-by-step guide on how you can add a terms and conditions checkbox to the WooCommerce checkout. 

We’ll also share how you can add checkout page terms and conditions in WooCommerce without a checkbox .

What are WooCommerce Terms and Conditions? 

WooCommerce Terms and Conditions are a set of rules outlining the terms of use, sale, and responsibilities for both the seller and the buyer of a WooCommerce online store. 

A terms and conditions checkbox on the checkout page serves as a mechanism for obtaining explicit consent from shoppers, acknowledging that they have read and agreed to abide by the mentioned agreement.

It includes the following agreement guidelines:

  • Shipping policies
  • Returns policy
  • Warranties
  • Consequences of engaging in abusive activities
  • Disclaimers or legal requirements specific to your business or location

Adding terms and conditions to WooCommerce checkout is always a good practice.

Why Add Terms and Conditions to Your WooCommerce Store? 

WooCommerce, by default, does not include a terms and conditions page or a terms and conditions checkbox on the checkout page. 

However, on the checkout page, you will see some text referencing the privacy policy and a direct link to the detailed privacy policy page.

Let’s look at our default WooCommerce checkout page:

Woocommerce checkout page without woocommerce checkout page terms and conditions checkbox

Adding a terms and conditions page to your checkout page can benefit you in many ways. 

Let’s look at the perks of having terms and conditions on your WooCommerce store: 

  • Legal protection: Adding Terms and Conditions provides legal protection for the WooCommerce store owner. It does so by serving as a legally binding agreement between the store owner and the customers about the rules, responsibilities, and expectations of both parties.
  • Limiting liability: A well-drafted agreement limits legal liability, offering protection from breaches and product failures.
  • Guidelines for users: Terms and Conditions offer clear guidelines for users on acceptable behavior, helping to prevent website misuse. You can inform users that failure to comply with terms may result in account closure, managing expectations, and preventing disputes.
  • Intellectual property protection: Clearly define and protect intellectual property (brands, trademarks, patents) owned by the WooCommerce store. You can also outline potential consequences if a user misuses intellectual property, fostering awareness and deterrence.
  • Payment and shipping terms: Specify crucial details such as accepted payment methods, payment processing procedures, shipping terms, delivery duration, and protocols for lost or damaged orders.
  • Dispute prevention: Setting clear rules and guidelines helps manage user expectations and prevents disputes, making both parties' rights and responsibilities evident.

Method 1: How to Add the Terms and Conditions Checkbox to WooCommerce Checkout?

Follow these steps to add the terms and conditions checkbox to the WooCommerce checkout page:

Step 1: Create a terms and conditions page 

First, you need to create a terms and conditions page. 
From the WordPress dashboard, go to Pages ⇒ Add New Page.

Add new page

Now, provide a page title, then add the terms and conditions of your WooCommerce business.

Include your business policies, legal obligations, and user responsibilities. 

After that, click on the ‘Publish’ button. 

create WooCommerce terms and conditions page

This will publish the terms and conditions page on your website.

Step 2: Add WooCommerce terms and conditions checkbox to the checkout page

You can add terms and conditions to checkout in two ways. 

Note: You can use either of these two methods. 

Option 1: Using WooCommerce advanced settings 

Navigate to WooCommerce ⇒ Settings, then move to the Advanced tab. 

Here for the Terms and Conditions option, choose the page you just created. 

Add WooCommerce terms and conditions pagea

After that, click on ‘Save Changes’ to update. 

Option 2: From WordPress customization options 

To use this option, Go to Appearance ⇒ Customize from the WordPress menu.

WooCommerce terms and conditions page

Then, click on WooCommerce to expand and see all the options. 

go to woocommerce

Now click on the “Checkout” option to access the related settings.

checkout options from customizations

For the Terms and conditions page option, choose the page you created and click on Publish to update the changes. 

add WooCommerce terms and conditions check box to checkout

Step 3: Test terms and conditions on WooCommerce checkout 

Now if you go to the checkout page, you should see a checkbox asking users to confirm if they read the terms and conditions of the WooCommerce store. 

add woocommerce checkout page terms and conditions without checkbox

Well done! This is how you can add the terms and conditions checkbox to the WooCommerce checkout page. 

The above stunning multi-step checkout page is built with FunnelKit Funnel Builder. To learn more details, check our blog "WooCommerce Multi-Step Checkout”.

Method 2: How to Add the Terms and Conditions to WooCommerce Checkout Without a Checkbox?

Adding a checkbox on the checkout page requires users to check it first and then go on the checkout page, thereby increasing the number of fields they need to fill in to place an order. 

What if we told you that you can include terms and conditions on the checkout page without requiring customers to check an additional field?

That’s exactly what we will share here in this section. 

To follow along, you need to install and activate the FunnelKit Funnel Builder plugin. 

Note: You only need to install the free version of FunnelKit Funnel Builder for this.

​​Step 1: Remove the default terms and conditions and privacy policy content from the checkout

First, we will remove the terms and conditions default page from settings. We will also remove the privacy policy page because, by default, the checkout page will show the privacy policy text if the terms and conditions page is removed. 

We’ll add a custom text field that will link to both the terms and conditions page and the privacy policy page. 

For that, go to Appearance ⇒ Customize. After that, click on WooCommerce and then on Checkout to expand the relevant options. 

On the option Terms and Conditions page, select the option “No page set” from the drop-down menu. Do the same for the Privacy Policy page after. After that, hit Publish and save the changes.

remove terms and conditions and privacy policy page

This will remove the default privacy policy statement from the checkout page. 

​​Step 2: Create a store checkout 

Now we need to create a store checkout that will replace the default WooCommerce checkout page. 

For that, navigate to FunnelKit ⇒ Store Checkout and click on the ‘Create Store Checkout’ button.

After that, Select your page favorite page builder and choose a template from the list of prebuilt checkout templates FunnelKit provides. 

Feel free to choose your favorite page builder, like Elementor, Gutenberg, Oxygen, etc., or use shortcodes with any builder you want.

To select one, hover on the template you like and click on Preview. Here we are choosing Elementor page builder and going with the template Hific.

click on preview hific

We are going with a single page checkout. Please note that the Multi-page checkout option is only available with the pro version.

After that, click on “Import This Funnel,” provide a name, and hit the  Add button to import your store checkout funnel.

import hific to create store checkout

Step 3: Add the terms and conditions section 

To customize the checkout page template, click on the checkout step.

click on checkout hific

Here, you can customize the design and content of the checkout page with the selected page builder. You can also add a new section.   

For that, click on the “Edit Template” option.

edit hific template with Edit elementor template

Drag and drop the Text Editor widget from the left panel to the checkout page right below the “Place Order” button.

drag and drop terms and conditions

Now, add the content you want to show your customers. Make sure to link the terms and conditions page here. After adding the custom text, click on Update. 

terms and conditions checkbox

This way, customers can check the terms and conditions page and won’t be required to check the terms and conditions checkbox. 

For more details on how to customize the checkout page, read our blog “How to Customize WooCommerce Checkout Page without Code.” 

You can further customize the thank you page as well. 

Step 4: Activate the store checkout 

The final step is to activate the store checkout. For that, enable the “Enable Store Checkout” option.

enable hific store checkout

Here is what the WooCommerce checkout page with new terms and conditions text looks like:

terms and conditions with funnelkit

These terms and conditions don’t have a checkbox on the WooCommerce checkout. It allows users to go to the checkout page and purchase without adding an extra checkbox to click.

This is how you can add the terms and conditions to WooCommerce checkout pages.

Add WooCommerce Checkout Terms and Conditions with Ease!

In an online store, WooCommerce checkout terms and conditions are crucial to establishing a secure and transparent online shopping experience for you and your customers. 

You can build trust with your audience by clearly outlining the terms of service, privacy policies, and other important information. 

We hope that after reading this post, you can now add terms and conditions on WooCommerce checkout without any trouble. The best part is that you can now add terms and conditions without requiring customers to fill in extra fields. 

So why wait? Add terms and conditions to your WooCommerce checkout page today!

Author: Editorial Team
The Editorial Team at FunnelKit (formerly WooFunnels) is a passionate group of writers and copy editors. We create well-researched posts on topics such as WordPress automation, sales funnels, online course creation, and more. We aim to deliver content that is interesting and actionable.

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