View Full Version : Legal Precautions For Web Designers, Hosters, And Computer Repairmen

04-15-2008, 06:42 AM
Maybe the thread I made earlier was written horribly. So, here goes:

Web Designers: Is signing a contract the only thing you make your client sign before doing work for them? They don't sign any other agreements either online or in person?

Also, if you do a web site for someone far away, do you have them print and sign your contract and then fax it or scan it back to you?

Web Hosters: Do you make your clients sign a contract and then hosting begins? Do you use an Acceptable Use Policy? (AUP, form that says you can't have kiddie porn, dead animals, etc. on a site you are hosting, etc.) Are there any other legal forms involved?

Computer Repairmen: Same as the above three, just a regular contract and that's it?

For all 3: Do you point out any specific facts? Web Designers to the amount of redrawings of graphics or do you have them read it from the contract if they choose? Web Hosters do you point out what happens to them if they go over their hard drive space / bandwidth limits or do they find out when it happens? Computer Repairmen, do you mention that what they are signing waives you all responsibility if you fry their computer or will that clause be read when it's needed like in court?

I just want to make sure, in regards to legality (Besides being a company, insurance, etc.) that all I need is the Business Kit sold on this site and I'm ready to start business.

Thanks in advance!

04-15-2008, 01:22 PM
For computer repairs Its just a basic contract. For web design its a little more. My web contract is two pages, with about everything I could think of drawn in. I have had far more problems with customers in web work than repairs.

04-15-2008, 03:24 PM
Of those 3 in terms of length and depth of details in order from most to least I would have them as follows

1. Hosting
You have to account for a vast array of material and make sure it is nothing that will come back to you and make sure you retain the right to cancel the hosting if they violate the terms.
2. Web Design
Your getting into a long process and you want to make sure your paid for your work
3. PC Repair
Just need to make sure you aren't going to be sued for doing what they ask

I simplified them severly but thats the quick run down of it to me