Terms of Service v2
Before I start a project (a task or a series of tasks) I’ll provide an estimate of involved costs and turn-around times.
Particularly for complex projects, estimates are done thoroughly as they include not only the time taken to complete the project but also the time for reviews, quality assurance and deployment.
The more information that you provide to me about your project, the more accurate that I can provide the involved costs and turn-around times, but in the end estimates are just estimates. Whenever I foresee a project going beyond the estimate, I’ll warn you as soon as possible so we can discuss further action.
If an estimate of involved costs exceeds $1000, I may require a 20% upfront payment before I begin.
Alternatively I may choose to just work at my hourly rate and in that case I will require payment every-time 10 hours lapses.
I’ll email you the invoice, and you may choose to Pay via PayPal or EFT.
If an invoice isn’t paid within 5 business days that the invoice is sent, I am not entitled to continue unless the invoice is paid.
In order to complete your project I may require resources such as web designs, web fonts, plugins and access to APIs. Failure to supply required resources may incur longer turn-around times hence additional charges.
If a project involves building a website, web page, or part of a web page, then I’ll require the designs of how you want it to work on a desktop computer.
In most cases I may require designs in an uncompressed format (eg. PSDs unflattened instead of jpeg files).
Responsive Web designs
When I build web pages I make them responsive and I won’t always require designs for how they will work on mobile and tablets. In fact if you supply me with such designs more time is required to make sure I that match the designs exactly to how you want it to work on mobile, tablet as well as desktop.
Furthermore it gets more complicated because not all mobile and tablet devices have the same dimensions, not everybody uses the same orientation when they view the website on their device (some people view a website on landscape, and others on a portrait) and not everybody has the same settings (eg. Some people have different overriding settings on their web browser such as font size and scroll-bar visibility).
In order to find out the best way to make a webpage responsive is to be involved in the building process. So for a smooth process I’ll always suggest that you just supply me with web designs for the desktop version only, and allow me to improvise for mobile and tablet, and then we’ll reassess from there.
I’ll greatly accept designs for other devices, they will just take longer.
If you require me to build an ecommerce component for a website, I won’t require designs for the checkout pages (eg. cart, checkout, my account, thank you etc.). I will have a template that is already built, tested and proven robust, so when I build this I’ll just let the checkout pages use the styles as the rest of the website (eg. fonts, colors, spacing etc.). Once this has been built we can reassess form there.
If I find that you want to build a website or a website component that is complex, for instance if it involves;
- A lot of forms (eg. registration forms, multi-step forms)
- A process that requires the user to go through multiple steps in order to access the desired information (eg. advanced search filters, CAD)
- When the website has to pull information from an API (eg. A booking system)
- Large amount of content (over 100s of posts)
- Implicates a lot of thought on how to optimize the overall UX
Then I’ll need to prototype, this involves building the website or a component without any having any branding elements (It’ll have no fonts, have a dominantly grey color scheme). The purpose of the prototype is to figure out;
- how all the information is structured and organized on the front-end (the for the user)
- how all the information is structured and organized on the back-end (for the admin)
- how the user uses the website (ie. navigates and achieves their goals)
- how all of this will work on other devices
- what are the limitations on how much we can customize the design
And all of is can be achieved efficiently by simply building the website before designing the website.
To have a font that’s not featured on the Google font library, I’ll need you to supply me with the web fonts with files including woff, ttf and svg. You’ll also need to make sure that you have the right to use them (ie. Most fonts require have a font that requires that you have licence to use them on your website.
Some plugins are required to be purchased, in that case I require the client to purchase the plugin themselves.
Whilst I’ll do as much as I can within my power, in the end I’m not responsible for the consequences of the plugin.
Whilst I’ll do as much as I can within my power, in the end I’m not responsible for the consequences of the API.
Quality of work
I will build the website or website component to match the designs your provided, but some elements may be off by a few pixels (font weights, margins, spacings etc.).
I can optimise the coding of the website so search engines can crawl and index the pages. We’ll add a robots.txt file and xml sitemaps and the things required for a search-engine friendly website according to Google webmaster. We’ll provide you with the tools you need to order to build your SEO rankings. But your SEO rankings is determined by your content and popularity more than how your website is built.
If your serious about SEO, we would also recommend seeing he SEO experts first OR we can get the designs reviewed by the SEO expert before we build.
When I build a website, I do enough data entry so the client can understand how everything works (how the pages are set up, how the navigation works, how the custom fields are set up).
Soon we give the client access to the WordPress admin and allow the client to make edits and additions. Because during this stage the client may realise that some things will need to change (eg. a new custom field is required, or the client may realise that the images that he’s uploading is too small so the website layout will need to be altered in order to accommodate this).
The stage of data entry is part of the debugging process.
As a standard I’ll give you the ability to update your site with new content, but you won’t have the ability to redesign the site. For instance, you’ll be able to edit;
- Post content
- Page content
Support browsers and devices
IE10+, latest versions of chrome, opera, safari, firefox, iOS, android
Anything else older than that will be a required extra.
Retina is required as an extra, furthermore your live server will need to be accessed to see if it can handle the load.
After I’ve completed a project you can review and provide changes for me to action, these changes are to…
- Spacing, alignment
- Font sizes
- Font families
- 1 font change
- 2-3 layout changes
Use Quire to list all of your feedback. Alternativly if you have a task management system that works the same way, I will use that.
If other developers are involved in the project, I require that we will work using sharing/collaboration tool such as Github or Bitbucket.
If you allow me to deploy the site for you, I’ll require all the necessary logins (domain registrar, web hosting).
Since the website is not on my server I’m not responsible for the implications of the website.
If deployment time implicates over 4 hours then I charge my hourly rate starting after the 4th hour.
Whilst I’ll do as much as I can within my power, in the end I’m not responsible for the consequences of the server.
You may have a website that’ll send emails. (eg. a Contact form that sends the form submission to your client). In order to ensure maximum deliverability of your email it’ll depend on your server.
7 day warranty
After a project is complete, you have a 7 day warranty. So in the unlikely case that within 7 days if you notice anything about the project that hasn’t been completed properly, I’ll fix it for free of charge.
After the warranty period is over, whether or not if the problem with the website or webpage is my mistake I will charge in order to fix it.
After a project is complete, the website is yours and you are welcome to do what you want with it.
From time to time, plugins and WordPress will require updating. Updates typically happen when developers release security patches or add extra functionality. It’s good practice to keep your themes, plugins & WordPress version updated to the latest versions. The top two reasons for sites being hacked are insecure passwords & outdated (vulnerable) software.
As a result of updating WordPress and it’s plugins, WordPress themes will need to be updated as well. If this does happen outside of the 7 day warranty then this will be regarded as additional work.
I strongly advise all my clients and colleagues to choose plugins from credible developers/suppliers.
The number of plugins and third-party APIs out there are enormous, and it’s impossible for any developer, it’s impossible for any developer to know them all inside out. I may not know the answer, but I’ll know how to find it (i.e. when I read the web developer documentation, I’ll understand it).
After a project is complete, I’m not responsible for any implications of the website, for instance I’m not responsible for;
- Any content on the website that is illegal
- Any content on the website that is offensive to some audiences
- Sales or loss of sales implicated from the website
After a project is complete, I’ll provide you with all the files that I’ve produced for this project. As soon as this is done, I’ll delete all my copies of the files. I’m not entitled to keep a copy of the files.
Provided that there are no outstanding invoices or resources I am entitled to complete projects, attend meetings and meet deadlines that we have both agreed on. I’m also contactable outside business hours (9 to 17:30 UTC+10:00 timezone) and may even be available at short notice, however I am not entitled to be available at your every demand, it’s your responsibility to be considerate of my time and book me at appropriately.
I am contactable via phone, email, live chat, and video conference call.
Last modified: September 13, 2019