We like to keep things as simple and transparent as possible. We don't go in for complicated terms and conditions, preferring instead to use plain English. So that everyone is clear and expectations are met, we've created this "Terms Of Engagement" contract.
Please read it before making any payments to us, as making the payment means you accept these terms.
We do our best to work to fixed prices, but these prices are based on our discussions and agreements before the project commences, if as the project progresses requirements change incurring additional work on our behalf in most cases our price will have to increase.
If elements and information needed by us from the client or the client's agents aren't supplied within the agreed time frame, this can also have an impact on the final price.
If for any of these or other reasons we feel the final price is going to change we will always talk to you beforehand and gain your approval.
We retain the right to decline any requested changes once a project has commenced if we feel it's unachievable within the agreed design and time frame.
Unless otherwise agreed we work on a strict 50% in advance with the balance due when the project is approx 75% complete. This is normally when we are ready for your content.
Typical work/payment schedule
We agree design, layout content arrangements and prices etc. At this point we send an invoice for the initial 50%
Upon payment of this invoice your project is added to the next available slot in our work schedule.
Once your time slot is live we commence the project by building the barebones of your site, including structure, navigation, colours etc.
We agree with you any changes to the barebones site as required. If additonal costs are incurred it's discussed at this point.
We complete structure of the site, including all pages, navigation, special features, dummy content etc.
We will now invoice you for the balance to date.
Once the account is settled, If you are supplying the content we will add it when supplied. If you're adding your own we will publish the site with dummy content. If we're producing it we'll create and add it as agreed.
We now require any monthly subscription payments to be setup, once done we'll setup your email and publish the site.
This applies to all projects unless otherwise agreed.
As a busy small agency most new projects need to be booked well in advance, typically 2-3 months ahead of schedule. We do not schedule any work until the initial 50% deposit is paid.
Accounts must be cleared and any monthly subscriptions set up before the website going live.
Invoices and can be settled either by a card with our online processing company or BACS. Subscriptions must be paid by automatic card payment and will be taken monthly on an agreed date automatically via our online payment processor.
By content, we mean the text, pictures, logos and anything else we will be "adding" to your website.
Getting your content on time and in a usable format is usually the most significant challenge any website developer will meet. What appears an easy task for the client during the planning stages often becomes the thing that holds up projects and so pushes up the price.
We have three options when it comes to content.
a. We do it all.
We will chat with you and take notes, then head off and create the content on your behalf. This is a great way to do things, but it's also the most expensive. Creating content is a very time-consuming process and so can easily double or even treble the total cost.
b. You do it all.
This is the cheapest approach, as you do everything: You write and proof your content, select and process your images and send it all to us in a usable format. To aid this approach we can create dummy content areas on each page, so you can see how much content is needed and where it'll go.
This is the most popular approach. You do basic write-ups and send it to us. We then edit and proof it then add it to the page. You also select the images you want to use and send them to us then let us do all the processing. Or you can show the types of images you like, and we will source and process them.
The most important thing about the content is to get it to us on time. If we're late getting the content the entire project is delayed which can often lead to additional charges.
So at the time of discussing your requirements be realistic about how much time you have to commit to content creation and once we've agreed a time frame, please adhere to it.
We are very good at search engine optimisation; we've been doing it for over 20 years. But it's not a precise science, and it normally takes several months or more for any SEO work we've done to bear fruit.
However, while we will always do our best to get the search rankings you want, we can't guarantee them. No one can. Anyone who says otherwise is lying, most likely to get your money.
In addition, the major search engines are continually moving the goal posts which means the ranking of your website can change over time. If any of the search engines change their algorithms resulting in your site needing some SEO work, we can do it, but it is a chargeable service. Please get in touch to discuss requirements.
How your website looks and performs is reliant on many factors, not least the internet browser your site visitor is using. We test all our websites across all the main browsers to ensure they work as expected, but we can't take into account old version (that people haven't updated) or the weird and whacky ones that almost no one uses.
Browsers are also being updated continuously, so what worked one day might not work the next. We can't monitor every site we make, so it's up to the client to regularly check their website and report any issues. If a problem arises and all that's need from our end is a small tweak, it's typically done for free. If not we have to charge.
Nowadays everyone wants their social platforms integrated into their websites; we offer a whole of plugins for this very reason. All plugins reply on a thing called an API, which is supplied by the service being integrated.
Very often these services change or are even entirely remove their API's which results in our plugins falling over. If/when this happens we usually fix our plugins for free, but it can take time. In some instances, though a fix isn't possible, so we have to remove the feature from your site.
This situation is, unfortunately, the nature of the beast when dealing with social networks.
You are welcome to use your own domain name on your new website. To have it point to your new site instead of the old one some changes will need to be made with the company it's registered with. If you can do this yourself, we can give you the settings, or if you prefer you can provide us with the log-in details and we can change them for you.
If your domain is looked after by a third party, we strongly suggest you check they are able/willing to make the changes on your behalf.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU OWN YOUR DOMAIN AND THAT YOUR PRESENT WEBSITE SUPPLIER DOESN'T OWN IT!
If you don't yet have a domain name, we are happy to purchase one for you. In some instances, we will cover this cost, and in others, we will invoice you for the price plus a small service charge to cover our time.
If we've acquired a domain on your behalf, we will at your request transfer this domain to you if your account is up to date. In some instances, we will charge you any recent renewal fee.
If we are letting you use one of our domain names which we owned before you approached us and we didn't buy on your behalf we will keep the domain should you change to a different website/service. In this situation, we will enter discussions to sell the domain name to you at a mutually agreed price.
All websites need to be stored on a virtual computer that is permanently connected to the internet via a high-speed connection. These virtual computers are called servers. When your website is stored on one of these computers and made available to people surfing the internet, it's called "website hosting".
We operate our own servers and in almost all circumstances host all the sites we build. As well as "hosting" your website we can also supply you with email accounts connected to your domain.
As part of our hosting packages, we perform daily and weekly backups and ensure all the software needed to keep the servers running is up to date and 100% working.
Our hosting prices vary depending on your requirements and in all instances must be paid for monthly via an automated payment process.
Any hosting accounts that go overdue by more than 30 days will trigger an automatic cessation of services.
In certain circumstances, we build self-contained websites that you can host on your own servers. In this instance, we will create a zip file containing all the files you need to upload to your server and make it available to you via email or an online sharing service.
If you choose to self-host before we zip the website up and send it to you, we will first demo it working on our server. This is so you can see that it looks, performs and works as agreed. Once we send you the zip folder, we can offer no further support. We can't help you publish it to your server, or help with any functionality that might not work on your server.
We're not unreasonable!
The reason we can't support the site once we've sent it to you is that for a website to work the server must be modern, robust and have all the required up to date software. As it's not our server, we've no idea if it meets any of these requirements. Typically, the cheap hosting companies supply old hardware running outdated software, that's how they are cheap!
The basic things you will need to be able to do yourself if you self-host…
If you're up for this and trust your cheap hosting company, go for it. If you want professionals to look after everything for you leaving you to run your business, use our hosting!
SELF-HOSTED TYPICALLY INCUR A 25% UPCHARGE TO OUR REGULAR PRICES
This isn't because we're greedy, it's because self-hosted sites take longer to build.
All our hosting packages come with standard IMAP/POP email accounts…
Each account has a maximum online "cloud" storage of 100mg.
After setting up your email accounts with your chosen addresses, we will send you the username and password, for security reasons we do not store these on your behalf. If you forgot a password, we can not retrieve it, only reset it. There may be a charge for doing so. We will also send you the setting needed to connect your devices to new email inboxes.
In most cases, we are unable to offer much assistance to you with connecting your device to your inboxes. This isn't because we don't want to help if we can help we will, but due to the various complexities of different devices and different email clients we are.
When using our standard email services, we strongly suggest a connection to an online email service such as Gmail. Doing this will make sending and receiving emails on your devices much easier and also give up almost limitless online storage for emails and attachments.
Office 365 Email
If you prefer an enterprise level email service, we recommend Office 365. For this service, we have partnered with Support IT NI (who also look after our servers). The costs start at £3 per month with billing directly between the client and Support IT NI (we are not involved). They will handle the integration of your Office 365 account with your domain and website. Please mention your interest in this to us, and we will make the introduction.
As well as making websites we manage them too on a monthly or ad-hoc basis. If you've taken a management contract with us, all settlements must be made by automated payments, normally every month.
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