All across the web, you see links or checkboxes linking to legal terms. By completing the form, logging in to the app, or continuing to browse the site, you are thereby accepting those legal terms. You'll find three major flavors of approaches to presenting legal terms. People call them browsewrap, clickwrap, and sign-in wrap.
Browsewrap, Clickwrap, and Sign-in wrap
When it comes to the Contracts you present on your websites and apps, you have three presentation approaches. Your customers can accept your legal terms by:
- simply accessing or browsing your site, also known as "browsewrap"
- checking one or many checkboxes, an approach knows as "clickwrap"
- clicking a button, such as Create Account or Sign In, better known as "sign-in wrap"
Below are some examples from companies all across the web using these different approaches in how they present their terms.
Example 1: Browsewrap. Notice the little banner in the bottom middle. Users can click the banner to see the legal terms that they must abide by when using the site.
Example 2: Clickwrap with scroll. In this example, the user can scroll through the entire Terms and Conditions and then clicks the I Agree button at the bottom.
Example 3: Clickwrap with a checkbox. On the site below, there's no scroll bar and no special I Agree button. Instead, the user selects the checkbox and then continues with the task they were doing already.
Example 4: Sign-in Wrap. In this example, the user doesn't have to click any buttons or select any checkboxes. Instead, just by completing the action they were already doing, they agree to the terms. Of course, the user can always click the link to read the text of the Contract at any time.
Setting up the approach you choose to use
To get your terms onto your website or into your app, you use these steps:
- Create the Contracts you want to use
- Create the Group and add your Contracts
- Configure the Group, including choosing the style
- Include the Group on your website
The approach you use for your terms is totally up to you, but we do have recommendations if you don't know where to start. If you'd like our help, just start up a chat session and we'll jump on it!
Note: By default, when a user checks/accepts the Contracts, a real-time call will be made to PactSafe specifying that your customer has accepted the terms. If your customer unchecks the box, we log a "disagreed" event in real-time.
There are five default styles in PactSafe:
Option 1: The Full style wraps Contracts with a border and displays them in full. It also provides a link to download the Contract. Once a Contract checkbox is checked/accepted, the text of the Contract will collapse, as shown in this screenshot:
Option 2: The Scroll style will collapse the Contracts into a box with a border (and a link to download) and the user will be able to scroll to read the Contract. Upon checking/accepting the Contract, the box will collapse as the following screenshot shows:
Option 3: The Checkbox style removes the actual contents of the Contract from the page altogether and simply provide a checkbox and link to read more. The link opens the Contract in a separate tab.
Option 4: The Combined style allows you to collapse the checkbox so your customers can accept all Contracts with a single click. A link to each Contract in the Legal Center opens the Contract in a new tab:
Option 5: The Embedded style allows you to easily embed a form with the Contract inline in a responsive manner. That way, you don't need additional code to capture the right information about a Contract:
For more information, start a chat session or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help!