Agreement for Web Development
Between me: Luke Baldwin (“I”, “me” or “developer” in this document)
And you:(“you” or “client” in this document)
I will always do my best to fulfil your needs and meet your goals, but sometimes it is best to have a few simple things written down so that we both know what is what, who should do what and what happens if things go wrong. In this contract you won’t find complicated legal terms or large passages of unreadable text. I have no desire to trick you into signing something that you might later regret. I do want what’s best for the safety of both parties, now and in the future.
You, the client, are hiring me, Luke Baldwin (Lucas) , to carry out web development tasks on an hourly rate of £40 + VAT per hour. The agreed payment plan is at the end of the document. We reserve the right to increase our hourly rate in the future.
What do both parties agree to do?
As my client, you agree:
- You have the power to enter into this contract on behalf of your company or organization.
- Coordination of any decision-making with parties other than me
- To provide me with everything I need to complete the project including text, account credentials, environment setup, images and other information as and when I need it, and in the format that I ask for.
- To review my work, provide feedback and sign-off within agreed timescales.
- To be bound by any dates that we set together for deadlines.
- To stick to the payment schedule described at the end of this contract.
- To share responsibility for any tasks carried out and be accountable for any delays caused by your own involvement in the project
As the developer, I agree:
- I will carry this service out in a professional and timely manner.
- I will respect the confidentiality of any information you give me.
- I will endeavour to meet all the deadlines set but I can’t be responsible for a missed launch date or a deadline if you have been late in supplying materials or have not approved or signed off my work on-time at any stage.
Details of the works
I will provide suggestions for designs or templates for the look-and-feel, layout and functionality of your web site. I will provide any design support necessary to complete the design of the site, develop the site, and implement a custom back end so that you can continue to maintain the site on your own in the future. I will work alongside other team members / developers in developing the project together.
HTML/CSS layout templates
I will not test these templates in old or abandoned browsers, for example Microsoft Internet Explorer 5, 5.5, 6, or 7 for Windows or Mac, previous versions of Apple’s Safari, Mozilla Firefox or Opera unless otherwise specified. I cannot agree to provide a total solution for templates across different browsers due to the complexity of difference devices and browsers. My focus is first and foremost to optimise for the most common / popular browsers and devices currently used in the UK then provide any backup solutions for any secondary browsers / devices.
I am not responsible for writing or inputting any content. That includes but is not limited to: products, page content, categories, attributes, and product tags. I’ll be happy to help, though, and in addition to the estimate I will charge you at per hour, including a free initial consultation, for content input.
Workflow and design
Fron supplied mockups / design concepts of the design of your website, I will work from these and endeavor to produce a website resembling them as closely as possible. Note that it might not be possible to produce pixel-perfect interpretations of them across all browsers and under all circumstances due to technical limitations beyond my control. If for any technical reason design conceots cannot be implemented effectively then a seconday solution will be suggested or implemented.
Changes and revisions
Changes and revisions can be submitted by the client upon review of each milestone, and finally upon review of the last milestone which will include a project-wide review. If further work is needed after completion of the last milestone, work can be acquired at a cost of £40 + VAT per hour depending on availability.
As each milestone is being worked on, changes and revisions should be communicated quickly and directly so that fixes are happening on an ongoing basis. Any delays in identifying errors / feeding back amends will have an affect on deadlines at clients own responsibility.
Search Engine Position
I cannot guarantee any position on google or any other search engine. Any SEO related work is based on completing taks from any independent online SEO auit and therefore I cannot be held responsible for the effectiveness of any resoults. Especially due to the changing algorithms / complexity of competitor optimisation.
Spamming / Maliscoius code
Hackers / spamming / maliscious code all on the rise. Due to the rise in these menaces and increasing changes / devirsity in security methods I cannot be held resonsible for any work generated by these factors. I can however work to the best of my knowledge to protect against these menaces. You will need to be responsible as a website owner to ensure ongoing maintenance / security measures are in place including any updates to any bootstrap / scripts / plugins / server access.
Cancelling this contract
If you wish to cancel this agreement, I will require 1 week notice in advance so that I can plan for other client projects accordingly. If I am booked for specific days then I have probably turned other clients away to accomodate your requests / assistance so please consider this when booking my service.
I will take the utmost care and attention to ensure that my code is as current and up-to-date as possible, however due to the changing nature of web development and the many different methods to carry out the same tasks, no project can be “future-proofed”, but due to the rapidly-evolving nature of web standards, browsers and
programming languages it is not possible to guarantee that code will function as intended indefinitely 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 arising out of the operation of or
inability to operate this web site and any other web pages, even if you have advised me of the
possibilities of such damages.
Severability. Whenever possible, each provision of this Agreement shall be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under applicable law, but if any provision of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect and the invalid or unenforceable provision shall be replaced by a valid or enforceable provision.
Third party materials. All third party materials are the exclusive property of their respective owners. I shall inform you of all third party materials that I am aware of, to be required to perform the services or otherwise integrated into the final project. Under such circumstances, I shall inform you of any need to license.
No Exclusivity. The Parties expressly acknowledge that this Agreement does not create an exclusive relationship between the Parties. Client is free to engage others to perform services of the same or similar nature to those provided by Designer, and Designer shall be entitled to offer and provide design services to others, solicit other clients and otherwise advertise the services offered by Designer.
Governing Law. The formation, construction, performance and enforcement of this Agreement shall be in accordance with the laws of the United Kingdom without regard to its conflict of law provisions or the conflict of law provisions of any other jurisdiction.
You guarantee to me that any elements of text, graphics, photos, designs, trademarks, or other artwork that you provide us for inclusion in the web site are either owned by your good self, or that you have permission to use them.
When I receive your final payment, copyright is automatically assigned as follows:
- You own the graphics and other visual elements that I create for you for this project. I will give you a copy of all files and you should store them really safely as I am not required to keep them or provide any native source files that I used in making them.
- You also own text content, photographs and other data you provided, unless someone else owns them.
I love to show off my work and share what I have learned with other people, so I also reserve the right to display and link to your completed project as part of my portfolio and to write about the project purly on the basis of portfolio marketing (not revealing any sensitive information). Of course I will notify you if I do any of these things, and any additional publicity your site gains as a result is of course free of charge!
I will invoice you based on a timesheet system on a weekly / monthly basis depending on the agreement on the particular project.
I am sure you understand how important cash-flow is to a small business that you pay the invoices that I send you promptly. I require payment of any invoice settled within 14 days of issuing. Any failure to do so allows me to charge interest on any unpaid invoices on a daily basis. Interest accrued if payment is more than 14 days late is 5% of outstanding amount to be added every 7 days, starting from 15th day after receipt of finished product.
Just like a parking ticket, you cannot transfer this contract to anyone else without my permission. This contract stays in place and need not be renewed.
Everyone should sign above and keep a copy for their own records.