Have you ever thought about the purpose of the links on the footer of every website? How about the static pages those links take you, such as the "About Us", "Delivery", "Legal Notice" or "Terms and Conditions"? Even if tiny fonts and complex sentence structures make you want to ignore their existence, these pages can affect your brand’s reputation, your store’s reliability and most importantly, your company’s legal status. This article guides you through the process of writing your online store’s CMS pages, and explains how to add and modify them in your PrestaShop Back Office.
1. Look around
Just look, don't look-copy-paste move. Every company’s needs are different and your CMS Ecommerce pages should be customized to fit them. This doesn't mean you can't check out your competition. On the contrary, your competitors can sometimes be your best guide! Locate your competitors' list of CMS pages and check them out! Analyze their content, strong points, weak points, tone of voice, and layout (including screenshots, videos, and forms). You now have a good framework to help you work the next step: self-analysis.
2. Think of your company
Brainstorm and define the 2 most important aspects of your CMS page content:
3. Decide which type of CMS page you need
CMS pages fall into one of three categories. We listed each type, recommended important pages and detailed their purpose. Whether you are looking to write content from scratch or rewrite an existing page, remember that each type is necessary because they each affect your company differently.
4. Find the perfect page title
Sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect title for your pages. No worries! We put together this list of common CMS pages, a short description of each and two catchy titles to get you started. Company Information Pages
About Us - share the history and news of your company.
- Our Story
- About [Insert Company Name]
Contact Us – list phone numbers, emails, or office addresses.
- We’re here for you
- Give us a shout!
Careers – display job openings on your site.
- Love what you do
- Do you have what it takes?
Our Team – talk about the team running your shop.
- What makes us different
- The dream team
Our Stores – list retail locations (if any).
- Visit us in [Insert Location]
- Stop on by
Process / Procedure Pages
Shipping Policy - list shipping carriers, speeds (or times) and corresponding fees.
- From our warehouse to you
International Shipping – detail international shipping locations, carriers, taxes, regulations, and most importantly any fees.
- We ship everywhere!
- Not sure if we ship to you?
Returns and Exchanges – tell customers if and how they can return or exchange merchandise.
- Didn’t like it? No worries
- How returns work
Coupons and Promotions – list discounts with their conditions.
- Beauty Deals
- More ways to save
Legal Pages Due to the nature of these pages, we suggest keeping these titles as they are so that they are easy to find.
Terms and Conditions – define your company, its official name, location, jurisdiction, as well as any copyrights and trademarks. Next, define your product, its uses, warranties and limitations. List the selling process in including all the conditions of sale. Include a “limitation of liability” that limits damages resulting from the use of your product. Finally, include a modification clause that allows you to periodically update this document. Draft your terms and conditions using this generator, then have your lawyer review the document.
- Terms of Service
Secure Payment - clarify your payment solutions and detail the payment structure, deadlines, processes, verification, and what happens when payments aren’t completed. If you charge additional international payment processing fees, include them here.
- Payment Terms
- Payment Options
Community Rules – list rules for interacting within your community, like writing reviews or participating on your forums and blogs. Be sure to state consequences of not abiding by the rules, to include content removal or banned user accounts. Also remember, as important as it is to list these rules, they are only effective if you actively enforce them.
- Community Guidelines
- Respect the Community
5. Write the content
Here are tips to keep in mind when writing CMS page content:
- Cover only the topics relevant to your industry and your company.
- Write in simple English, using legal jargon only when necessary.
- Avoid unclear or undefined points, be specific.
- Communicate with a voice that represents your company’s culture.
- Keep your text short and concise.
- Organize your content into appropriate sections and headings.
- If you don’t have enough content to fill out an entire section, combine them.
We’ve given you all the tools you need to write great CMS pages. Now it’s your turn.
6. Integrate your pages
If you are a PrestaShop user, your online store comes with a set of default pages. It is essential that you update these pages and create new ones once you have new titles and content ready. Access them through your BACK OFFICE > PREFERENCES > CMS.
7. Update and maintain
Keep your CMS pages current with updated information. An outdated Contact Us page with an invalid phone number can negatively affect your company's reputation. More importantly, an obsolete Legal page can result in serious legal issues! Set a reminder to update and maintain your CMS pages. Please note that this guide is informative, and does not constitute legal advice. Ready to create great CMS pages for your online store? Download PrestaShop’s free ecommerce software to get started! Already a CMS expert, share your tips in the comments!