We’ll always do our best to fulfil your needs and meet your expectations, but it’s important to have things written down so that we both know what’s what, who should do what and when, and what will happen if something goes wrong. In this contract you won’t find any complicated legal terms or long passages of unreadable text. We’ve no desire to trick you into signing something that you might later regret. What we do want is what’s best for both parties, now and in the future.
“You”, the named signatory to this agreement, are hiring “us”, O’Brien Media Limited, who’s registered office is at The Innovation Centre, PO Box 4096, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 1DE (Registered in England and Wales number: 07874512) to provide website support, maintenance, and consultancy services for the agreed total price, as outlined in our previous correspondence. Of course, it’s a little more complicated, but we’ll get to that.
You: You have the authority to enter into this contract on behalf of yourself, your company or your organisation. You’ll give us the assets and information we tell you we need to complete the project. You’ll do this when we ask and provide it in the formats we ask for. You’ll review our work, provide feedback and approval in a timely manner too. Deadlines work two ways, so you’ll also be bound by dates we set together. You also agree to stick to the payment schedule set out at the end of this contract.
O’Brien Media Limited shall provide you with updates to your website for an indefinite period within this contract.
During the duration of this contract, you agree that O’Brien Media Limited will be the sole provider of maintenance services for the web site, and no other party will have access to or rights to change the web site. If a party other than O’Brien Media Limited makes changes to the web site, any errors that are created must be repaired and will be charged for at the hourly rate specified above.
O’Brien Media Limited will respond to all maintenance requests from you within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends, via email or phone, with a confirmation that the request was received, and an estimated completion date for each action item in the request. Maintenance requests received after 17:00 GMT may not be completed until the next business day unless prior arrangements have been made. Most work will be done within this time frame, this is mostly precautionary.
Any revisions, additions or redesign you request O’Brien Media Limited to perform that is not specified in this document shall be considered “additional” and will require separate agreement and payment. O’Brien Media Limited shall advise you on any requested work that falls within these bounds.
You hereby authorise O’Brien Media Limited to access your web hosting account, providing active user name / password combinations for access to the server via FTP/SFTP or via SSH, assuring that ‘write permissions’ are in place with the hosting provider. You also authorise O’Brien Media Limited to make changes to your website in accordance with your instructions.
Browser testing no longer means attempting to make a website look the same in browsers of different capabilities or on devices with different size screens. It does mean ensuring that a person’s experience of a design should be appropriate to the capabilities of a browser or device.
We test our work in current versions of major desktop browsers including those made by Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome), Microsoft (Edge), Mozilla Firefox and Opera. We’ll also test to ensure that people who use Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 for Windows get an appropriate experience. We won’t test in other older browsers unless we agreed separately. If you need an enhanced design for an older browser, we can provide a separate estimate for that.
Testing using popular smaller screen devices is essential in ensuring that a person’s experience of a design is appropriate to the capabilities of the device they’re using. We test our designs in:
iOS 9: Safari, Google Chrome Android: Google Chrome on Android Emulator
We won’t test in Blackberry, Opera Mini/Mobile, specific Android devices, Windows or other mobile browsers unless we agreed separately. If you need us to test using these, we can provide a separate estimate for that.
You may already have professional web site hosting; you might even manage that hosting in-house; if that’s the case, great. If you don’t manage your own web site hosting, we can set up an account for you on our own web hosting platform, this will be invoiced at the rate agreed and invoiced monthly or yearly in advance.
Whilst we are not a web site hosting company we do have a lot of experience hosting websites and will provide technical support for any website hosting and email services provided by us during normal working hours. Separate website hosting and domain name registration contracts cover the provision of these services.
We don’t guarantee improvements to your website’s search engine ranking, but the web pages that we develop are accessible to search engines. If you have specific SEO objectives we can provide a separate estimate for that.
We’ll carry out our work in accordance with good industry practice and at the standard expected from a suitably qualified person with relevant experience.
That said, we can’t guarantee that our work will be error-free and so we can’t be liable to you or any third-party for damages, including lost profits, lost savings or other incidental, consequential or special damages, even if you’ve advised us of them.
Your liability to us in relation to the services provided under this contract will also be limited to the amount of fees payable under this contract and you won’t be liable to us or any third-party for damages, including lost profits, lost savings or other incidental, consequential or special damages, even if we’ve advised you of them.
Finally, if any provision of this contract shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this contract and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
Just to be clear, “Intellectual property rights” means all patents, rights to inventions, copyright (including rights in software) and related rights, trademarks, service marks, get up and trade names, internet domain names, rights to goodwill or to sue for passing off, rights in designs, database rights, rights in confidential information (including know-how) and any other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications (or rights to apply) for, and renewals or extensions of, such rights and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection which subsist or shall subsist now or in the future in any part of the world.
First, you guarantee that all elements of text, images or other artwork you provide are either owned by your good selves, or that you’ve permission to use them. When you provide text, images or other artwork to us, you agree to protect us from any claim by a third party that we’re using their intellectual property.
We guarantee that all elements of the work we deliver to you are either owned by us or we’ve obtained permission to provide them to you. When we provide text, images or other artwork to you, we agree to protect you from any claim by a third party that you’re using their intellectual property. Provided you’ve paid for the work and that this contract hasn’t been terminated, we’ll assign all intellectual property rights to you as follows:
We love to show off our work, so we reserve the right to display all aspects of our creative work, including sketches, work-in-progress designs and the completed project on our portfolio and in articles on websites, in magazine articles and in books.
We’re sure you understand how important it is, as a small business, that you pay the invoices that we send you promptly. As we’re also sure you’ll want to stay friends, you agree to stick tight to any agreed payment schedule and invoice terms.
We will require payment by Direct Debit for any services that are provided on a yearly, quarterly, or monthly renewal basis.
Just like a parking ticket, you can’t transfer this contract to anyone else without our written permission.
We both agree that we’ll adhere to all relevant laws and regulations in relation to our activities under this contract and not cause the other to breach any relevant laws or regulations. 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 English and Welsh courts.
Contract validity: This contract does not require a digital signature from the customer and an authorised representative of O’Brien Media Limited to be valid.
This contact applies should the customer add a Website Support Agreement to their account, or make use of our website support service.