Software/Website Development Agreement

A Software/Website Development Agreement is entered into by a web developer and the client who’s hiring him or her to create a website or software. The document outlines milestones, deadlines, payment schedules, and other details about the project.

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If your company needs a new website or software, but you don't have any developers on your payroll, you can choose to hire an agency or perhaps try to save money by hiring independent contractors. For the latter, and depending on the job's difficulty, you may hire a freelance developer or a whole team of web developers.

There are multiple reasons why you should insist on using a Software/Website Development Agreement, and it is not only about money. You could use the agreement to manage your employees' time more effectively. You can divide a big project into many small tasks and set a milestone and deadline for each.

What Is a Software/Website Development Agreement?

A Software/Website Development Agreement is between two parties. The first is a company or individual looking to get a website, software, or phone app developed. The second would be the party hired to get the job done, which can be an individual web developer/software engineer or a team of developers.

This is a simple one-page document outlining the expectations of both parties. It is often followed by another document diving into the technical details. You can divide a project into multiple phases, complete with a deadline for when you expect each stage to come to a close. The other point you should outline would be the payment method and schedule after every milestone.

You could also add terms about change demands – where the client usually has a right to ask for a limited number of changes without incurring extra charges. The agreement also defines the testing and QA procedures, further specifying the party responsible for rectifying any bugs found.

Other Names for Software/Website Development Agreement

Depending on your state, a Software/Website Development Agreement may also be known as:

  • Website Contract
  • Web Design Contract
  • Software Development Contract

Who Needs a Software/Website Development Agreement

Both companies and individuals who want to hire a freelancer to create a website or software will want to use this agreement. You can use the same form for a mobile app with minimal changes. This agreement allows you to set deadlines so you know exactly when you will have the product. On the other hand, if you are a freelance web developer, you should insist on this agreement before accepting any work.

Both parties can agree without a lawyer. The best practice is to schedule a meeting and go through all the terms together. Clients and developers often have different expectations, and this is where you can work everything out.

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What Information Will I Need to Create My Software/Website Development Agreement

To create your document, please provide:

  • Names of Both Parties: The legal name of the client and the developer. Add the registration number if either party is a company.
  • Project Description: A brief description of the software, website, or mobile app ordered.
  • Payment Terms: Define the payment terms and payment dynamics (for example, paying after every milestone.)
  • Hourly Rate: Specify if the developer is paid an hourly rate rather than a fixed fee.
  • Ownership Clause: Specify who will be the owner of the digital product ordered in the end.
  • Non-disclosure Agreement: Either a part of this agreement or a separate agreement. This is used to protect proprietary information against disclosure.
  • Terms of Termination: List all the conditions for which one of the parties can terminate the contract prematurely.

Software/Website Development Agreement Terms

  • Milestone: Milestones are used to break up a big project, such as website development, into small parts. The client is expected to compensate the freelancer after each milestone. The Milestone system allows both the client and the freelancer to control the workflow and payments better.

Software/Website Development Agreement Signing Requirements

You do not have to get the Software/Website Development Agreement notarized. Both parties only have to sign the document to make it legally enforceable, with or without a witness for the signing.

What to Do with Your Software/Website Development Agreement

Both parties should keep a copy of the Software/Website Development Agreement, and it is customary to forward a copy to your attorney if you have one on retainer. When the project is completed, you can hire the same freelancer to maintain your website, for which you may need to sign a new agreement.

Frequently Asked Questions

With a Software Development Agreement, you hire a developer to develop and design a new and custom software for you or your company. In contrast, you use a software purchase assignment agreement to purchase an existing software. For the latter, you could either purchase a license to use the software or execute a transfer of the software with all the attendant intellectual property rights.

Changes and revisions are the most challenging part of software/website development. This is why it is essential to agree on the resolution of future changes before hiring a developer. Most developers will agree to a few changes for free as part of the project, but you may need to pay additional fees for unreasonable iterations to be defined in the agreement.

Yes. If you want someone to create a mobile app for you, you can use this agreement as a template. In the part where you provide a brief description of the project, you would specify the app that you want to order. There is also a separate document called the Mobile Application Development Agreement with very similar terms and structures, if you prefer to be very exact and proper.

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