What to include in a web design contract.
Learn how to write a solid, straightforward web design contract that leaves no room for ambiguity.
Every business needs a website — that’s good news for web designers. But even the most creative designer can find it challenging to write a contract. Find out what you should include in your web design contract to make your projects run smoothly.
Define project cost.
First things first, define how much the client will pay and how and when they’ll send the money. You don't want to wrangle over those details after you've completed the job.
Establish the scope of the project.
Make a detailed list of all the work you will do — and stick to it. Don’t do anything outside the scope, or the client might expect it in the future. Also, add a list of things not included in the project to protect yourself.
Detail the project timeline.
Explain what you’ll deliver and when. Detail when you’ll submit prototypes, when the client needs to send their feedback, and how many revisions they’ll get.
Add terms for project termination.
Write down how you’ll proceed if the client decides they don’t want to finish the project after all. Make sure you’ll get paid for the work you’ve done up to the point of termination. Also, include what you’ll do if you can’t complete the project because of a sudden illness, hardware failure, or other circumstances.
Establish intellectual and legal rights.
Establish who owns the copyright to the completed website. Make sure to include a clause requiring your client to check the copyright status of all assets they send you. Trust us, you don’t want to get sued for copyright infringement.
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