Web design contract

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You are any business wanting to have your new website written. Comprehensive web design agreement suitable for complex web sites where work needs to be performed to time, specification and budget. Easy edit and put to your possible coding contractors for a price. This document is written for a substantial work, but could be edited to control a contract of modest size. It is suitable for any business contracting with any software house in any country. Protects you, the client, fully.
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What this document does

This agreement addresses almost all of the problems that may arise between you and your web writer, graphic designer or coder. It has been drawn as a fully flexible and comprehensive agreement so you can start a negotiation process with your contractor. It is suitable for larger or more complicated sites.

The website design contracts have been drawn to protect you, the client, so any person or Company wanting to allocate website designing work to a professional website designer will use one of these Net Lawman documents. It covers graphic design, records, testing and all other areas of your work.

This document will protect you from many legal pitfalls, but does not attempt to provide technical input for your specification of work. Technical material will be entered into the specification by you, the technical expert.

Extensive drafting notes explain even more.

What is in this website design and write agreement, client's version

Here are some of the most important provisions. Of course there is much more:

  • Your customer will approve the website design in stages but pay for additional work on an agreed basis.
  • Regulating customer changes to the agreed specification.
  • Providing concisely for responsibility for search engine strategy and other matters where you require certainty.
  • Lists excluded matters for client's separate attention - e.g. names, hosting; payment service provision.
  • Testing and acceptance.
  • Alternative payment arrangements.
  • Clear and strong identification and protection of your intellectual property.
  • Appropriate legal provisions - exclusions, indemnities, etc.
  • Regulating customer changes to the website design specification so that it is clear what work is "extra".
  • We provide a template for the detailed specification;
  • Lists excluded matters for your special attention - e.g. names, hosting; payment service provider;
  • Training option.
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Sabine Louet
22 September 2014
Very well written document, in plain English as promised.

One useful article to add to the template would be to have a provision where you cap the total amount that the project will cost. I did receive estimates from developers with a lower limit and an upper limit. I therefore introduced a paragraph where I basically said that the overall project fee will not go beyond the estimated upper limit (in terms of hours--converted into price) that the developers quoted initially. I also added a provision whereby developers will endeavour to keep the total number of development hours to the minimum possible.
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