Website Design Terms
This document refers to “we” and “us” as AWebsiteForLawyers, and “you” or “the client” as the contractual partner for a website design project. It outlines the conditions under which we agree to build a website together.
Because we offer website development on a fixed amount basis, we have created an effective procedure that allows us to charge less than our competitors while providing exceptional service. This document clarifies the extent of our services. Here, we define the number of edits of text, layout, and design, also the screen sharing sessions available for your project.
Once you sign-up, we may send you a document named “Design and Content”, asking you to provide all details regarding the content and design of your new website. We ask you to review and edit this document as a Word document, so we can track your edits and corrections. PDF’s or handwritten documents can only be accepted in exceptions that need to be agreed upon since they slow down our review process and design time considerably.
As an alternative to using the “Design and Content”, document you may also provide these above-mentioned details in the form of emails with attachments, outlining your desired design and layout. Links to existing websites are helpful.
Our online meetings utilize modern screen sharing technology to discuss design and layout decisions with you.
Step-By-Step Design Process
Once we have agreed on design and layout, we proceed in a step-by-step process creating your site:
- Together with you, we start designing a framework (template) for your site. This design work is typically performed in Photoshop or a similar software. You receive images of the design for approval.
We grant two separate designs: for the home page and subsequent pages. Subsequent pages will share similar headers but can differ in sidebars.
- Once you approve the design, we will start building the site in HTML and fill it with your content.
- Important: From this point onwards, only minor changes in the design can be performed. Changing design and its structure after building in HTML has started or even content has been applied will result in additional hourly charges.
- This does not apply to changes like font size, font color, and font family.
We ask you to limit your content creation process to three edits per page. We reserve the right to charge our hourly rate in case more than three revisions of your own content are requested.
To minimize typos, we encourage you to utilize modern online tools like https://prowritingaid.com, or https://app.grammarly.com/. To check capitalization for headlines we recommend https://capitalizemytitle.com/.
Our designs are being produced within the limits of Adobe’s Product line Version CS5. Designs and features that go beyond the technical possibilities of these professional products cannot be guaranteed. If you plan to implement Eastern languages, please check with us for availability and additional costs. Some fonts from Thai, Korean, or Vietnamese might not be compatible. Again, please check with us prior to adding these languages.
Logo Design is Graphic Design, not Web Design. Logos are typically designed with different software and with print media in mind, e.g. business cards, letterheads, and rack cards. Logo Design is not included in our services; we might agree tospend half an hour to create a simple logo for you.
Add-Ons, Images, Videos
The client is responsible for purchasing images, videos, and add-ons that enhance functionality. Add-ons need to be paid in full at the time of order.
Videos for streaming have to be located on a separate server. We provide free video hosting for websites we are hosting.
For prices below $1000, the full payment is required to start your project. Projects with a total above $1000 require a 50% down payment unless a different payment plan has been negotiated.
Hosting will be paid for a full year in advance unless it is included in your website package.
In case the project is postponed or delayed due to inactivity on your side, we reserve the right to ask for the remaining amount that was agreed upon after three months of contract signing.
In case a project is being delayed due to our client’s failure to provide material such as information, text content, or images, we remain committed to complete the project within an additional year.
Ownership and Non-Payment
Until the full amount agreed upon in our contract is paid, the website remains in our possession and our control. This also refers to access to files, databases, and logins.
We reserve the right to suspend the website in case of non-payment after five days. Server accounts that have not been paid will be deleted after two weeks.
If your annual fee includes domain registration, the domain will go into our possession after one week in case of non-payment of the combined hosting and domain registration fee..
Orders can be only canceled if no services have been performed yet. Services already performed cannot be refunded.
In case that a client does not provide the information required in the initially sent “Design and Content” document, AWebsiteForLawyers is entitled to cancel the project. The client will be reimbursed with a maximum of 50% of the amount already paid.
If AWebsiteForLawyers and a client cannot agree on a design, the client reimburses AWebsiteForLawyers for all design work performed for an hourly rate of $75.
We guarantee to present the completed site to you within ten days after receiving your material unless stated otherwise. Editable sites and blogs are excluded from this rule. Completion within ten days cannot be guaranteed if materials are incomplete. Completely new designed sites are excluded from this timeline, although we usually are able to present the results within this time range. Completion is defined as either publishing the site on the Internet or the implementation of all details mentioned in the content and design document mentioned in the first paragraph (whatever occurs first).
As a courtesy to our clients, minor changes like text editing can happen for one week after completion.
We relate to materials that need to be provided by you as the choice of samples you would like to have customized, color preferences, content you would like to be displayed (texts, images in electronic form that can be easily edited in common formats, e.g. Word documents txt or rtf files, photos in jpg, gif, bmp, png or psd format), number of pages related to the topics of your choice.
Content and Copyrights
The copyright for all the content that you submit to us for publishing on your site remains with you and will not be used on other websites.
Content and Copyrights for Content Packages
The copyright for content packages remains with us. You purchase the right to display the content on one website. For additional websites, we will offer you discounted licenses. The content cannot be duplicated in any way without our written permission.
AWebsiteForLawyers monitors publications of this copyrighted content.
If after some time you prefer hosting your site on your own server, you agree to protect the content with a copyright note, and a right mouse click pop up alerting the visitor of copyright protection.
Further hosting terms are defined in a separate document.
On request, we will implement third-party software or database connections to third-party software into your website (such as LawLogix Web Capture or Client Login). AWebsiteForLawyers is not responsible for the technical support of any third-party software. Please refer to the third-party’s technical support for any questions and concerns.
Domain Name Registration
We will immediately secure your desired domain name (pending availability) and include the first year of service FOR FREE if you host with us. The domain is registered in your name. Access to the domain, however, will be controlled by us. As an additional service, we offer to renew your service as needed as long as you host with us.
Domain and Hosting need to be paid in time to assure uninterrupted service and keep ownership. We reserve the right to suspend Hosting accounts that are more than 5 days overdue, delete them after two weeks.
Unpaid domain names remain in our possession, they can be recovered for an $80 fee.
If you have chosen our hosting services, free web server maintenance and email setup on the server are part of our services. Videos for streaming cannot be located on the web server.
Access = Responsibility
Since we perform all maintenance on our specialized servers, we do not grant ftp access or even cPanel to our clients.
Our clients may request Editor access. We offer 45 min introduction for the content management system.
In the rare case that we grant you access to the site, you, the client assumes responsibility for security, content, and software of the site.
You may request free weekly or monthly statistics to be sent to you via email. Further hosting terms are defined in a separate document.