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Web Design Contract

Web Design Contract
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The standard web design contract template in this pack should cover most types of contract. Long-form and short-form versions of the template are also included, for more complex and more straightforward contracts respectively.


Web designers will want to ensure that the scope of their work is clear at the outset, and that the customer's payment obligations are water-tight. Customers will want to ensure that they get their websites, on time and in budget. Both parties will want to ensure that the intellectual property rights in the website are properly dealt with. This web design contract form can be adapted to cover all or any of these matters.

These web design contracts set out the terms and conditions of the website design and development arrangement. The key terms and conditions include:

  • Definition of "defect": what exactly constitutes a defect in the website that must be remedied by the designer?
  • Delivery and acceptance: what procedure (if any) will be used upon the completion of the website to confirm that it meets the specification and does not suffer from any defects?
  • Third party works: what third party works (photos, graphics, text, etc) will be incorporated into the website, and how will rights in these works be licensed?
  • Intellectual property rights: will the IP be owned by the designer or the customer?
  • Warranties: what enforceable warranties and representations does the web designer give to the customer in relation to the website?

If you buy this web design contract pack, you will be able to access a download link for the pack immediately after purchase.

The contracts are provided in MS Word (.docx) format. The short-form version of the document is 16 pages; the standard-form version is 28 pages; and the long-form versions is 35 pages.

General information about web design agreements can be found on our web design agreement resources page.

What happens if the customer is not happy with the website?

The standard and premium template web design agreements include a short-form acceptance procedure. During the acceptance period, the customer must test the website for compliance with the specification and for defects. If any non-compliance or defects are found, the designer or design company has a further specified period to remedy the problems. If the website still does not conform to specification or exhibits defects after this, then the designer or design company may be in breach of contract.

How are the different classes of IPR subsisting in websites treated?

The IPR in the website is divided into three main classes: rights in the website owned by the designer or design company, third party rights, and rights in works supplied by the customer.

The customer is responsible for securing rights in those works it supplies.

Third party rights may be licensed to the customer under the relevant licensor's standard terms and conditions for online use or on whatever license terms are notified to the customer.

The balance of the rights may either: (a) be licensed to the customer; or (b) be the subject of a mixed license and assignment, under which pre-existing rights (e.g. in style sheets adapted for the website) remain with the designer or design company and are licensed to the customer, whilst new rights arising after the agreement has been entered into are assigned to the customer.

Do the contracts include a template for a technical specification of a website?

No. However, a skeleton highlighting the key elements of a specification for the purposes of the contracts is included in the schedules.

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