7. Edit Terms of Service

Every marketplace needs to have Terms of Service that its users accept when joining.

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Written by Thomas Rocca
Updated over a week ago

The Terms of Service page is for disclosing the rules and terms users agree to when signing up to your marketplace. You may recall from testing your marketplace that, in order to signup and create an account, users need to agree to the Terms of Service. You can state your terms exactly how you want with the Pages editor.

Adding Terms of Service

Start by going to Content > Pages, and click "terms-of-service".

If you press "View page" or review the content inside the "terms-of-service" section, you will notice there are no Terms of Service included. Thankfully, Sharetribe provides a template Terms of Service that, after some adjustments, will work just fine for starting our marketplace. We will plan on reviewing these later after launching and establishing our marketplace.

We can find the template Terms of Service this Google Docs document. To learn more about how this template was created, you can read this article. Let's focus here on copying this template text into our marketplace page.

Here are the steps you should take:

  • Open the “terms-of-service” article.

  • Open the “terms-of-service” block.

  • Remove the default content from the “Text content” text area.

  • Select and copy all the content in the Google Docs template, except the disclaimer (start from "Terms of Service").

  • Paste the content into the “Text content” text area of the “terms-of-service” block.

Press "Save changes". Now we have the template Terms in our marketplace, but we need to adjust them to be about our marketplace.

Personalizing the Terms of Service

You'll notice that the template terms need you to fill in certain information. All the information you should fill in is marked "{{-- INSERT HERE XXX --}}".

Let's make these adjustments:

  • Click into the "Text content" text area of the "terms-of-service" block

  • Use the search feature in your browser to find all variables we need to replace. Press CMD+F on Mac or Cntrl+F on Windows and search for "{{-- INSERT HERE"

  • Go through each variable and update with your information. You will be updating with today's date, marketplace name, and contact details.

So far, you may have been using Biketribe information like logo or listing fields as you follow along. We suggest diverting from this practice here and updating your terms with the most accurate information you have at the moment.

Save the changes. You can validate how the page looks by clicking on the "View page" in the top right corner of the editing page.

Next: Edit the Privacy Policy

We competed one of our two required legal pages. The Terms page states the rules of our marketplace. Next, we will set our Privacy Policy, where we will disclose all of the ways your marketplace gathers, uses, and manages the user data you collect.

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