How to Put a Disclaimer in a WordPress Blog

By Warren Davies

Cover yourself legally by adding a disclaimer to your site.
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If your company's blog offers “How to” or instructional information, it may be prudent to set up legal disclaimers on your site. These can inform visitors that their use of the information is at their own risk. You can put the disclaimer in your site’s footer so that it is readily accessible from any page on your WordPress site. Remember that if you use other content-management systems or have static pages on your site, the WordPress disclaimer won’t show up on those pages.

Log in to your WordPress administration control panel. Click “Pages” and then click “Add New.”

Give the page a relevant title such as “Disclaimer,” “Legal Disclaimer” or “Legal Information.”

Type or copy and paste your legal disclaimer into the main editing area. Click “Publish” when you’re done. Note that you can click “Preview” to check how your page will look on your site before you actually publish it.

Click the “View Post” link that appears just above the title of the page and copy the URL in your browser’s address bar.

Return to your WordPress dashboard. If your footer uses menus, go to “Appearance” and then click “Menus.” Select the footer menu from the tabs in the upper-right of the screen. Click the box next to the disclaimer page’s title in the lower left of the screen and click “Add Page,” then click “Save Menu.” If your theme does not have a footer menu, continue to the next step.

Go to “Appearance” and then click “Editor.” Click “footer.php” from the list of files, then click the cursor in the file and the point you want the link to your disclaimer to be positioned. Type the following code:

<a href=””>Legal Disclaimer</a>

Change the example URL to the one you pasted earlier and change “Legal Disclaimer” to whatever you want the anchor text of the link to be. Click “Update File” when you’re done, and you'll have added a disclaimer to your site.