Maria Portrait Web Design Terms & Agreement
1. Book the package using a secure Squarespace payment link.
2. One-on-one to plan the website content and layout and to gather images and document files.
3. After the aforementioned steps are taken, the creative process begins. See timeline and scope of work below for more information.
Design Blossoms uses the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards technology through Stripe to protect the privacy of the client when placing an online order. Purchasing your DNS hosting service and Squarespace subscription must be done by the client in order to maintain privacy. Any business information revealed to Maria Portrait will be kept confidential.
Rights & Releases
It is the responsibility of the client to obtain permission to use any copy (including testimonials) any content or images given to Maria Portrait.
It is the responsibility of Maria Portrait to provide releases, permissions and licenses for images provided to the client.
Maria Portrait reserves copyright to photographs created by Maria Portrait and the right to publish, or even re-sell the photographs unless the client purchases an extended license at an additional cost if the client wishes to keep the graphics and/or photographs exclusively.
Scope of Services
Maria Portrait will study the client questionnaires, ask questions and study the client’s target market and competitors to fully understand her business design needs.
Maria Portrait provides an optional face-to-face or phone consultation once a week, during regular business hours (M-F, 9-5). The rest of the communication can be accomplished through email or voicemail. Maria Portrait will reply to email/voicemail within 1-2 business days via email.
The client will collaborate with Maria Portrait to plan the desired design. Then, Maria Portrait will mesh the wishes of the client, with design/photography rules, branding rules, and artistic talent to create the best design.
All web designs will be created using Squarespace themes as it provides a wealth of features and responsive design. Any special requests that require coding or plugins outside of this proposal will be given a separate invoice.
Copy Content: Maria Portrait gives guidance on appropriate copy content for a website. After that, any words or paragraphs should be written, proofread and edited by the client’s team. Maria Portrait is not responsible for any errors in the copy provided and does not make major edits after the webpage has been finished.
Clean Design: Ads and affiliate links are reserved for the bottom footer or blog sidebar but are not to interfere with the design of the homepage, especially not above the fold.
Designs are also subject to the rules of responsive design. Meaning, a design that looks great on a computer monitor, may not look great on an iPhone or iPad. Websites are not static and must be designed to look and act perfectly on any device.
3rd party services like MailChimp or Amazon affiliate program must be set up by the client. Connecting these accounts is done by the client with support from Maria Portrait. The appropriate links are also provided by the client.
Features (services, widgets or code) not native or integrated with Squarespace are outside the scope of the package agreement. A separate invoice can be provided for these types of services so Maria Portrait can contract the specific task to their HTML/CSS developer.
Launch: Maria Portrait will test your website on various devices and browsers. Only updated browsers will be tested as Maria Portrait is not responsible for how the layout displays on old browser versions.
File Transfer: After any outstanding balance is paid, your images and graphic/image files will be provided to you for downloading along with the appropriate release/license.
It is the responsibility of the client to download the files within 4 weeks and to keep a backup on a separate hard drive or cloud storage.
· Maria Portrait offers an optional 30-minute overview of the back end of your website.
· Maria Portrait offers support for 4 weeks after your website is launched.
· You may post blogs, edit copy content, but please do not manage the Style Editor without help from Maria Portrait so as not to undo the design work.
· Corrections and tech support will be given. If new content or major editorial changes are needed, a separate invoice will be provided for any requests for additional support.
The client teams up with Maria Portrait to form a list of photographs needed. Maria Portrait takes into consideration the wishes of the client, then uses the correct color and composition to create the best images. Maria Portrait can photograph anything to which we have access. For example,
The timeline allows for the website package to be completed in 4 – 8 weeks. However, if the submission of content or response to correspondence by the client is delayed, the timeline will also be delayed. Additional pages, photos or designs requested by the client may also lengthen the timeline. Extensive revision requests by the client will also delay completion of the project. Maria Portrait will respond to all emails from the client within 1-2 business days.
Additional pages, images or requests outside the scope of the basic package will be invoiced at the time of the request. The balance for these additional requests will be due within two weeks after the completion of the website, but prior to the website launch.
The client receives his/her fully edited and retouched digital images (with print release) for download 10 business days after the photo session providing all payments have been made in full.
The client receives her product photography gallery within 10 days of payment and/or the submission of this form. After approval of the photographs is received by Maria Portrait, the shop is built within 10 days. More than 10 photographs may require extra time.
If payment was made in full, the original photographs with print release will be provided in the form of a download
Refunds & Cancellations
Either party to this Agreement may terminate the Agreement if the other party defaults in the performance of any of its material duties and obligations and the default is not cured within thirty days of the receipt of notice of said default, or if the default is not reasonably cured within said period, unless the defaulting party commences cure within said period and diligently proceeds to cure the default.
Payment will not be refunded if:
· The client has given the final approval of your web design.
· The client's business closes, changes its name, or changes its activity.
· The client cancels for reasons unrelated to the work of Maria Portrait
· If the client does not communicate with Maria Portrait for more than 3 weeks following the signing of this agreement.
Maria Portrait agrees with the terms & conditions of this Agreement and will deliver quality designs, photographs and services per the wishes of the client and scope of work and timeline of this agreement.
By completing initial payment, you agree to the terms & conditions of this agreement