This document was not prepared by a lawyer or even close to one. The business owner typically writes this contract of a successful website development company, who does not have a law degree and has no budget to hire a lawyer. They need a contract agreement to ensure that the project is clearly outlined for the client and developer.

This web development agreement has been proven to work and is based solely on my knowledge and experience in the industry. These contracts and agreements may be written differently by others. This article was written for those who want to create a 10-step web design and development contract. Let’s now get to the 10 steps.

1. Scope of services

The most important aspect of your project is the first. What are you, the developer, going to do for your client? Give a brief summary of the service in 3-5 sentences. What will you do with the programming and design? What will be the process of updating the website design in Kanpur? Who will manage the marketing efforts at the end? When the project is completed, who will host the website?

2. This area is where you should be upfront about the price and the terms of payment.

What is the price for the project? What hourly rate is it? How are these documented and tracked? Is it an hourly rate and a down payment? Or is it a milestone-related payment system?

3. Termination and Term

What length of time will the agreement contract be valid? How can the client get out of an agreement contract that is only halfway through the project? What are the consequences and the time they have to terminate the contract? This is especially important for web development agreements with entrepreneurs and start-ups. They often have great ideas, a business plan, or a detailed outline but never get to the end of the project. As a developer, you need to have certain rights. Are you allowed to keep the entire code that was developed? Is it possible to finish the project and keep the intellectual property? However, it protects both the developer and client if a developer cannot complete the project or continues to delay deliverables. The client may wish to end the relationship.

4. Intellectual Property Ownership

The client usually retains all intellectual property. This section highlights all intellectual property, including the source code and all digital files. All web design and development projects must respect intellectual property.

5. Confidential Information

Many clients want to ensure that all information exchanged in a project with the developer is kept confidential and not disclosed to third parties. In any agreement, this must be discussed. Can the developer tell potential clients and prospects that they work for the client throughout the project? Developers often use their client portfolio as a sales tool for other clients. This section must detail exactly what information is shared and how long. How long is the information confidential?

6. Most web projects include a warranty for the work done.

A standard 30-90-day warranty covers all work. This is where small details like the client accessing the server or making mistakes in the files can significantly impact the functionality of the terms. Consider the label that comes with furniture and mattresses. The label states that your warranty is null if the label is removed. This is something you can address. With specific disclaimers, you will also provide a warranty on certain terms.

7. Limitation of liability

Here, the developer declares that they will not be liable for any financial losses or economic losses that may result from the development of the website. Clients who have had less success with their website will blame the developer. If the client is not satisfied with the outcome of a project, it’s best to avoid future problems. It protects you as the developer if there is ever a financial loss.

8. Relationship of Parties

It is important that both the client and the developer fully understand their relationship. Is it a partnership for development? Is this strictly a work-for-hire relationship? Are they a client-vendor relationship? This area should be highlighted in order to ensure that the business relationship is fully understood.

9. Although many developers don’t think twice about it.

There have been instances where clients have hired or freed up employees or freelancers to help them during and after the project finished. This can have serious negative consequences if it happens. This is why it is so important to clearly state that the client cannot solicit developers employees in any manner when it comes to possible hiring or other perks. Also, specify a time frame. This time span is usually between 2-5 Years.

10. Entire Agreement

This is the end of the document. It should state that the contract covers all the documents and their attributes and that no other document will replace them. This is where the client and key representatives of the developers will sign the contract, date it, and assign their roles within the company. Both parties must sign all modifications with their initials next to them.

These ten steps will help you create a web design and development agreement that is both professional and trustworthy.

Some clients might be surprised to be presented with a document of 2-4 pages. Be sure to explain each point to your client. The client should agree to the document, and there shouldn’t be any issues. Although it may be a financial loss for you, the developer will save them headaches and prevent further financial losses if the client is not willing to sign the document.

Good luck with your first web design/development agreement. These agreements will become easier as you practice more.