MasterMade Developer Contract

Web Developer Contract between a website developer and a website customer.

Date: [date]

Between us [company name] and you [customer name]


We’ll always do our best to fulfill your needs and meet your expectations, but it’s important to have things written down so that we both know what’s what, who should do what and when, and what will happen if something goes wrong

So in short;

You ([customer name]), located at [customer address] are hiring us ([company name]) located at [company address] to [design and develop a web site] for the total price of [total] as outlined in our previous correspondence.

What do both parties agree to do?

You: You have the authority to enter into this contract on behalf of yourself, your company or your organisation. You’ll give us everything we need to complete the project as and when and in the format we need it. You’ll review our work, provide feedback and approval in a timely manner too. Deadlines work two ways, so you’ll also be bound by dates we set together. You also agree to stick to the payment schedule set out at the end of this contract.

Us: We have the experience and ability to do everything we’ve agreed with you and we’ll do it all in a professional and timely manner. We’ll endeavour to meet every deadline that’s set and on top of that we'll maintain the confidentiality of everything you give us.

Getting down to the nitty gritty


All necessary design elements will be delivered to us, as requested, in an editable, vector digital format. If these are not delivered in a timely manner, the project will still be completed, but may not have the exact look and fill you desire.

Text content

All necessary text content will be delivered to us in a timely manner, upon request.

HTML, CSS and Javascript

We will deliver simple templates developed to fulfill the application's requirements and to be styled with CSS. All necessary JavaScript for application logic will be implemented, as will the bare CSS necessary for it to function in a usable manner. We will not be responsible for minor CSS and design tweaks in the immediate scope of the project.

Web Browsers

We test our work in current versions of major desktop browsers with a primary target of Google Chrome on OS X. Other modern web browsers (Safari, Firefox, and Opera) will also be fully supported. The site will also be usable in Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 and upwards, though design fidelity is not guaranteed.

Mobile browser testing

No special effort will be made to enable mobile usage, but the site will be structured in such a way that only minor tweaks would be required for such usage.

Technical support

This contract does not cover ongoing maintenance, hosting, or technical support for the application.

Changes and revisions

The price at the beginning of this contract is based on the length of time we estimate we’ll need to accomplish everything you’ve told us you want to achieve. If specifications change or additional unexpected features are required, they may be subject to additional fees at our discretion, to be billed at the standard hourly rate set forward below.

Legal stuff

We can’t guarantee that our work will be error-free and so we can’t be liable to you or any third-party for damages, including lost profits, lost savings or other incidental, consequential or special damages, even if you’ve advised us of them. Finally, if any provision of this contract shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this contract and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.


First, you guarantee that all elements of text, images or other artwork you provide are either owned by your good selves, or that you’ve permission to use them.

Then, when your final payment has cleared, copyright will be automatically assigned as follows:

You’ll own the visual and interactive elements that we create for this project, to the degree that they were uniquely created for this project. We'll provide you with access to the full source code. You own all elements of text, images and data you provided, unless someone else owns them.

We love to show off our work and share what we’ve learned with other people, so we reserve the right to display and link to your project as part of our portfolio.


The desired functionality of the site is as follows. We will deliver a site based on our interpretation of these specifications. If modifications are necessary, they will be subject to the Changes and revisions clause above.



We’re sure you understand how important it is as a small business that you pay the invoices that we send you promptly. You agree to follow this payment schedule. If any payment is not made according to this schedule, we reserve the right to terminate this contract and retain copyright on all work produced.

[Payment schedule]

Small Print

You can’t transfer this contract to anyone else without our permission. This contract stays in place and need not be renewed. If for some reason one part of this contract becomes invalid or unenforceable, the remaining parts of it remain in place.

Although the language is simple, the intentions are serious and this contract is a legal document under exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. State of the Sender courts.

The dotted line

Signed by me on behalf of [company name].

Signed by [you] on behalf of [customer name].

Date: [date]

Everyone should sign above and keep a copy for their records.

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