10 Steps to Creating a Successful Website
10 Steps to Creating a Successful Website
Neither a lawyer nor anybody associated with a lawyer has authored this. No legal degree or funds to engage a lawyer are required for this contract to be created by a regular business owner of a successful web development firm. A contract agreement is needed in order to ensure that a project is clearly defined for both the customer and the developer.
Unless otherwise stated, the expertise and knowledge I've gained working in the field of web design and development is the only basis for this verified web development agreement. These agreements and contracts might be drafted differently by others. In order to assist others, I've produced this guide on how to draft a 10-point web design and development agreement. Let's get down to the nitty-gritty:
1. The Services We Offer
Begin with the most critical part of the project and work your way down the list. To what end are you going to use your skills as a developer in the service of the client? Briefly describe what you do in 3-5 sentences. Will you be in charge of designing and coding the project? Will the website be updated frequently? At the conclusion of the project, who will be in charge of marketing? When the project is complete, who will be responsible for hosting the website?
2. The Cost of Goods and Services
This is where you should be honest and forthright about the total cost of the payment and how it will be divided into monthly payments. Is the cost of the project predetermined? The hourly rate and how it is reported and monitored is unclear. Is there a monthly billing cycle or is it a milestone-related payment system?
3. Term and Conclusion
How long may this contract be enforced under the terms of this agreement? How can a customer get out of a project after three-fourths of the way through it? In what circumstances and on what terms might they opt out of the contract? Even in web development agreements with entrepreneurs and startups, who often have a brilliant concept, some form of framework or business strategy for what they intend to achieve, but nevertheless never complete the project. As a result, you must be granted specific privileges in your capacity as a developer. Whether or not you retain all of the code that you've written is a question. Can you complete it in order to save your intellectual property? If a developer never completes a project or is consistently late on deliveries, this agreement protects both the customer and the development team in the event of a termination of the contract.
4. Intellectual Property Rights and Who Has Them?
Is there a way to ensure that the project's intellectual property is protected? In most cases, the customer is the only owner of the intellectual property created during the project. All intellectual property, including source code, digital files, documentation, and more, may be found here. The importance of intellectual property cannot be overstated when it comes to online design and development.
5. Information That Must Be Kept Secret
In many cases, customers want the developer to keep all information provided throughout the course of a project completely secret. Any agreement governing the scope of information disclosure must take this into consideration. During the course of the project, may the developer reveal that they are working for the client? In many cases, developers leverage their client list as a sales tool for new customers. What is shown and for how long must be clearly stated in this section. How long will the information be kept private and so forth?
6. Exclusions and Warranties
Most online projects include a guarantee for the finished product. Every piece of work is warranted to be functional and bug-free for 30 to 90 days, depending on the project. Small details, such as the client being able to reach the server and accidentally adding files or making modifications as a result of an error, may have a significant impact on the system's overall operation. Consider the label on a product you buy, such as a sofa or a mattress. According to the fine print, tearing the label voids the guarantee. Here, you have the opportunity to deal with this. You'll provide a guarantee with certain limitations and disclaimers attached.
7. Liability Restrictions
This is where the developer states that they will not be held responsible for any losses the developer incurs as a result of the website's development. Some less experienced consumers may blame the developer for their website's failure to perform well online. Avoid future headaches if the client's expectations aren't satisfied, particularly when it comes to items that the developer can't control after the website goes live. Additionally, it safeguards you as the developer in the event of a financial setback throughout the course of the project.
8. Involvement of Other Parties
Ensure that both the customer and the developer are on the same page on the nature of their partnership. Is this a collaboration for mutual benefit? Is it a totally commercial arrangement? The connection is between a customer and a vendor. This is where the commercial connection should be made explicit to avoid any misunderstandings.
9. Employee Recruiting and Hiring
This is something that many developers don't give a second thought to, but it has happened in the past when customers have enticed staff or freelancers to work for them. Of course, if this occurs, there are a lot of bad repercussions. So it's critical to make it clear in this section that the customer cannot approach the developers' staff about employment opportunities or other benefits. Make sure to set a time limit for this as well. Between 2 and 5 years is typical.
10. All of the Terms of the Contract
Basically, this should declare that the whole document and its properties are covered by the contract and that nothing can override it. The customer and developer representatives will also sign, date, and display their positions in the organization in this section. It is critical that any and all changes made after the signing are signed by both parties.
If both the customer and the developer follow these ten steps, they'll be well on their way to developing a long-term business partnership built on trust.
When a customer is provided with a 2-4 page paper to read and sign, some may be astonished. As a developer, don't be hesitant to go over every detail with your customer and underline the need to have such a contract in place to safeguard both parties in the event of an unfortunate event. As a result, the customer should have no problems signing the paper. You may lose money as a developer if they refuse to sign the paper, but in the long term, you'll prevent difficulties and even greater financial losses.
I wish you the best of success with your first web development contract. As with everything, the more you write them, the more natural it becomes.