Blogsite Redeaux, Part Three: Negotiate a Contract

The third part of this series is about how to negotiate a contract with a web designer.

Hopefully you’ve chatted extensively with several designers and have a good idea of what they do and don’t do. Based on all you’ve heard and seen, informally ask if he/she can design you a site to include that list of “must-haves” you’ve been accruing. Be detailed! If he/she can’t promise you they will deliver everything on your list, keep shopping for the right one.

Most importantly, as stated before, make sure your designer is one who is easily accessible and will answer all your questions in a timely manner. Because believe me, you will have A LOT of questions.


Your contract should contain:

*Both parties’ names and contact information (How will you correspond with each other? Written communication is always best, for several reasons!)

*What responsibilities your designer will perform (Will they be responsible to contract to a website host for you for a fee or will this be something you do yourself? Which website host do they prefer to work with? Will they buy your domain name for you and exactly what is your domain?)

*How much a basic design without extras will cost and when payment(s) are due

*Time frame expected for project to be completed and expectations about delayed project times

*How many rounds of revisions will you be allowed (Three rounds of changes is standard. This forces you to think UP FRONT what you want and not waste the designer’s time.)

*What you get for your money in terms of HTML and CSS layouts

*If the designer will design logos or import photos for you to use on your site and at what cost (Think about your header and your favicon and firm up your creative visions of these items. My husband Al snapped a photo session of me at in scenic setting, then photoshopped it, so Heather could use it at no cost to me.)

*Copyright details or who owns what (What surprised me, a bit, was that I received a copy of the graphics/visual elements created for me to archive. My designer outlined that she was in no way responsible to keep this for me, should there be problems with the site and this need to be re-installed at some time in the future. GOOD TO HAVE AND KNOW!)



I strongly suggest doing this through PayPal, although I’ve heard grumbling about this site lately. I would still recommend PayPal, however, because you at least have some recourse with the seller when a contract is not fulfilled.

My story: Six months ago when I went through this process the first time, there were glaring holes in my website that I could not fix. The first designer skidded into some personal issues that left her unable to fulfill her part of the bargain. Within the time frame established by PayPal, I was forced to file a dispute to PayPal for reimbursement of my money. This escalated to a full-fledged claim and I was awarded half of the original price I’d paid for my first design (the down-payment was made outside the time frame allowed by PayPal).

Once you’ve signed a contract and have started the actual process, I would suggest keeping ALL correspondence in a separate email folder and hanging onto it. That way, if you ever should have to petition for reimbursement of your money or you simply have a question about something related to your blog, you have your information organized in one place.

I hope my take on blogsite design has been helpful. If it has been beneficial to you, would you comment below or email me?

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