Mutual agreement

Between me, Richard Blackburn and you,  FollowApp.

Summary

I will always do my best to fulfil your needs and meet your goals, but sometimes it’s best to have a few things written down so that we both know what’s what, who should do what and what happens if stuff goes wrong. In this contract, you won’t find complicated legal terms or long 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.

In short

You (FollowApp) are hiring me (Richard Blackburn) located at 10 Woodlands Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 9EB to design and develop a website for the projected total price as outlined in your proposal. Of course, it’s a little more complicated, but we’ll get to that.

What Do Both Parties Agree To Do?

As my client, you have the power and ability to enter into this contract on behalf of your company or organisation. You agree to provide me with everything that i’ll need to complete the project – including text, images and other information – as and when I need it and in the format, I ask for. You agree to review my work, provide feedback and approval in a timely manner too. Deadlines work two ways and you’ll also be bound by any dates that we set together. You also agree to stick to the payment schedule set out at the end of this contract.

I have the experience and ability to perform the services you need from me and we will carry them out in a professional and timely manner. Along the way 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 our work on-time at any stage. On top of this I also maintain the confidentiality of any information that you give me.

Design

I will create the designs for your website’s look and feel, layout and functionality. While I don’t like to limit clients to a set number of revisions, I do ask every attempt is made to provide me with a detailed description of what you want during feedback to prevent project completion delays.

Images/Media

 I will create a series of high-quality digital images to provide an authentic and visually compelling representation of the Followapp platform’s user interface and key features. In order to archive this, I will require access to a demo account with all functionality that you wish to showcase on the website.

Older Browsers

I will test the design on all major desktop browsers to ensure that I make the most of them. Users of older or less capable browsers or devices will experience a design that is appropriate to the capabilities of their software.

I will also test that your website performs well on tablet and mobile. I will not test old or abandoned browsers, for example, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or 5.5 for Windows or Mac, previous versions of Apple’s Safari, Mozilla Firefox or Opera unless otherwise specified.

I do not cater for people using Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and cannot predict the behaviour of that browser.

Changes and Revisions

I know from plenty of experience that fixed-price contracts are rarely beneficial, as they often limit you to your first idea about how something should look, or how it might work. I don’t want to limit either your options or your opportunities to change your mind.

The projected price in your proposal is based on the amount of work I estimate I’ll need to accomplish everything that you have told me you want to achieve.

If you do want to change your mind, add extra pages or even add new functionality, that won’t be a problem. However, you will be charged accordingly and these additional costs will need to be agreed to before the extra work commences.

This additional work will affect deadlines, and they will be moved accordingly. I’ll be upfront about all of this if and when it happens to make sure we’re all on the same page before proceeding. I may also ask you to put requests in writing so we can keep track of changes.

If the nature or functions of the project change significantly throughout the process, I reserve the right to deem the current project cancelled. At this point, you will pay me in full for all the work I have donethus far and may commission me to complete the new project based on the new requirements. This will require a new quote and contract.

Legal stuff

I can’t guarantee that the functions contained in any web page templates or in a completed website will always 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 arising out of the operation of or inability to operate this website and any other web pages, even if you have advised me of the possibilities of such damages.

If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

Copyrights

You guarantee to me that any elements of text, graphics, photos, designs, trademarks, or other artwork that you provide me for inclusion in the website are either owned by your good selves or that you have permission to use them.

When I receive your final payment, copyright is automatically assigned as follows:

You own the website design, graphics and other visual elements that I create for you for this project.

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 reserve the right to display and link to your completed project as part of my portfolio and to write about the project on my website.

Payments

Payments for the project will be as follows:

• 50% deposit up front
• 50% balance once the website has been tested and everyone agrees it is ready to go live.

NB: If you are unable to supply all of the right content at this stage, it does not mean I have not done my job. Once the site has been tested and is ready to go live, either with your content or placeholder images and dummy text, I will issue the final invoice. Once the final invoice is paid I will hand over the keys and launch the website on an agreed date. If the final invoice is not paid within the credit terms I have given you, I am under no obligation to keep the site on my testing server or continue with the project in anyway.

Just like a parking ticket, you can’t transfer this contract to anyone else without our 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 the courts of England.

Thank you for the opportunity!

I’ll be in touch via email within 24 working hours to confirm our next steps.