Overview of a Website Design and Development Agreement

What is a Website Design and Development Agreement?

A Website Design and Development Agreement is a contract between a web developer and an individual or business in need of a new or redesigned website.

A business that requires a new website or a developer that provides a website development service needs a Website Design and Development Agreement to set out the nature of the website, the ownership of the site, and the service expectations for both parties.

A Website Design and Development Agreement sets out the requirements of the website, the payment arrangements, and the rights and obligations of both sides.


How to write a website design and development agreement?

  • Step 1: Negotiate with the selected party for the price of the service offered as well as the amount of work required.
  • Step 2: Determine the kind and type of website information needed. For example, what does the website specialize in? Additionally, determine the website domain required. 
  • Step 3: Clarify the scope of work required from the website designer. Like how to develop and deliver the site in accordance with the Project Plan provided. As well as the services and maintenance needed. 
  • Step 4: Open the Zegal app and choose the relevant document and fill in the information as required. Once this is all done and checked through, your document is ready for use! 


What is the Acceptance Test of Site?

Once the website designer has completed the design and development of the site in accordance with the project plan, the designer can invite customers to attend acceptance tests. These tests are for the purpose of further redevelopment of the website to ensure its quality, thus, the tests ought to be done from time to time. 

Such tests also act as a measure of customer satisfaction in using the website and changes can be done to maximise the quality and experience of the website. 

Checklist of website design and development agreement

  • Specification of the website
  • Website address
  • Website host
  • Website specification
  • Scope of developer obligations
  • Project plan
  • Project timetable
  • Provide maintains
  • Intellectual Property Rights 


Key terms

Website: Web pages usually containing hyperlinks to other pages. It is made available online by an individual, company, educational institution, government, or organization.

Materials: The content provided to the website designer by the customer from time to time for incorporation into the website .

Project: The provision by the Website Designer of the Services as set out in the  Agreement.

Project Plan: The timetable which the designer will follow accordingly to implement the project and the description of the Services to be provided by the Supplier as agreed between the Parties and appended at schedule.

Services: The design and development services to be provided pursuant to the agreement as agreed between the parties.

Site Specification: The specification for the site (including any commissioned software for the site) as agreed between the parties and appended at schedule.

Third-Party Products: Any third-party software products to be supplied in connection with the provision of the services.Governing Law: This Agreement and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of what they will agree on.

Key points included

  • Website details
  • Website host, work involved, project plan, and website specification
  • Payment and deposit terms and Termination arrangements
  • Acceptance test of site
  • Third-Party Products
  • Supplier Services 
  • Intellectual Property Rights 
  • Provide maintains

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