Multi-Page Website Terms of Business

Background

I’ll always do my best to fulfil your needs and meet your expectations, but it’s important to have things written down so that we both know what’s what, who should do what and when, and what will happen if something goes wrong. In this contract you won’t find any complicated legal terms or long passages of unreadable text. I’ve no desire to trick you into signing something that you might later regret. What I do want is what’s best for both parties, now and in the future.

So in short;

You are hiring me, Helen Leach to design and develop a standard multi-page (5 page) website for the estimated total price of £1,250.00. Additional pages, software and functionalities will be added to the final bill.

 

Terms of Business

What do both parties agree to do?

You: You have the authority to enter into this contract on behalf of yourself, your company or your organisation. You’ll give me everything I need to complete the project as and when and in the format I need it. You’ll review my work, provide feedback and approval in a timely manner too. Deadlines work two ways, so you’ll also be bound by dates we set together. You also agree to stick to the payment schedule set out at the end of this contract.

Me: I have the experience and ability to do everything I’ve agreed with you and I’ll do it all in a professional and timely manner. I’ll endeavour to meet every deadline that’s set and on top of that I’ll maintain the confidentiality of everything you give me.

 

Design

I create look-and-feel designs, and flexible layouts that adapt to the capabilities of many devices and screen sizes. I may use static visuals to indicate a look-and-feel direction (colour, texture and typography.) I call that ‘design atmosphere.’

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to review my work and provide feedback. I’ll share my working Dropbox with you and have regular, possibly daily contact. If, at any stage, you’re not happy with the direction my work is taking, you’ll pay me in full for everything I’ve produced until that point beyond the non-refundable deposit and cancel this contract.

 

Text content

I’m not responsible for writing or inputting any text copy. If you’d like me to write new content or input text for you, I can provide a separate estimate for that.

 

Photographs

You should supply graphic files in an editable, vector digital format. You should supply photographs in a high resolution digital format. If you choose to buy stock photographs, I can suggest stock libraries. If you’d like me to search for photographs for you, I can provide a separate estimate for that.

 

Browser testing

Browser testing no longer means attempting to make a website look the same in browsers of different capabilities or on devices with different size screens. It does mean ensuring that a person’s experience of a design should be appropriate to the capabilities of a browser or device.

 

Desktop browser testing

I test my work in current versions of major desktop browsers including those made by Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome), Microsoft (Internet Explorer), Mozilla Firefox and Opera. I’ll also test to ensure Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 for Windows users get an appropriate, possibly different, experience. I won’t test in other older browsers unless you specify otherwise. If you need an enhanced design for an older browser, I can provide a separate estimate for that.

 

Mobile browser testing

Testing popular small-screen devices is essential in ensuring that a person’s experience of a design is appropriate to the capabilities of the device they’re using. I test my work in:

iOS: Safari, Google Chrome Android 4.x: Google Chrome and Firefox

I currently don’t test Blackberry, Opera Mini/Mobile, Windows Phone or other mobile browsers. If you need me to test using these, I can provide a separate estimate for that.

 

Changes and revisions

I know from experience that fixed-price contracts are rarely beneficial to you, as they often limit you to your earliest ideas. I don’t want to limit your ability to change your mind. The price at the beginning of this contract is based on the length of time I estimate I’ll need to accomplish everything you’ve told me you want to achieve, but I’m happy to be flexible. If you want to change your mind or add anything new, that won’t be a problem as I’ll provide a separate estimate for that.

To enable you to grow and adapt your website yourself, I will provide training and resources as part of the launch process. I will also be available for any text and bug fixes for 1 month after the launch of the website.

 

Legal stuff

I can’t guarantee that my work will be error-free and so I can’t be liable to you or any third-party for damages, including lost profits, lost savings or other incidental, consequential or special damages, even if you’ve advised me of them. Finally, if any provision of this contract shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this contract and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

 

Copyrights

First, you guarantee that all elements of text, images or other artwork you provide are either owned by your good selves, or that you’ve permission to use them.

Then, when your final payment has cleared, copyright will be automatically assigned as follows:

You’ll own the visual elements that I create for this project. I’ll give you source files and finished files and you should keep them somewhere safe as I’m not required to keep a copy. You own all elements of text, images and data you provided, unless someone else owns them.

I’ll own the unique combination of these elements that constitutes a complete design and I’ll license its use to you, exclusively and in perpetuity for this project only, unless we agree otherwise.

I love to show off my work and share what I’ve learned with other people, so I reserve the right, with your permission, to display and link to your project as part of my portfolio and to write about it on websites, in magazine articles and in books.

 

Payments

I’m sure you understand how important it is as a small business that you pay the invoices that I send you promptly. As I’m also sure you’ll want to stay friends, you agree to stick tight to the following payment schedule.

Payment of 50% non-refundable deposit quoted here to be made upon signing of this contract.

But where’s all the horrible small print?

Just like a parking ticket, you can’t transfer this contract to anyone else without my permission. This contract stays in place and need not be renewed. If for some reason one part of this contract becomes invalid or unenforceable, the remaining parts of it remain in place.

Although the language is simple, the intentions are serious and this contract is a legal document under exclusive jurisdiction of English and Welsh courts.

 

Schedule 1: Project Plan

The website will be completed and live within the date specified within the email accompanying this agreement. If for any reason any existing website has to go offline, it will be for no more than 5 working days and only at the expressed agreement with yourself.

The website Project Plan with consist of three stages;

Design: including agreement of branding, fonts, colours, pictures, pages, content and overall styling

Development: which will involve the core creation of the website along with agreed edits and amendments with yourself, Search Engine Optimisation and set up of appropriate agreed software.

Testing: to ensure that links are working and that there are no errors within the website’s operation.

 

Schedule 2: Site Software and Specification

The website will be created utilising WordPress with a theme. Additional plugin software will be incorporated such as Akismet, Cookie Notice, SG Optimiser, Smush, Use Any Font, and Yoast SEO. If additional software will be required, this will only be with the expressed agreement with yourself and additional charges will be added to the final bill.

 

Schedule 3: Services

I will design, develop, test and make live a website for you as agreed at the initial consultation session. This website will usually be no more than 5 page sunless agreed in writing by me at the initial consultation.

 

Schedule 4: Charges

Multi-page (5 page) website design and creation: £1,250.00

A 50% non refundable deposit of £625.00 to be paid upon agreement of this contract with the remainder upon completion of the website for which I invoice you for at that time.

Additional pages, software and functionalities will be added to the final bill.