Terms and Conditions

Definitions

The Client : The company or individual requesting the services of Atlas Web Design.

Atlas Web Design: Web development agency & employees or affiliates.

General

Atlas Web Design will carry out work only where an agreement is provided either by email, telephone, mail or fax. Atlas Web Design will carry out work only for clients who are 18 years of age or above. An ‘order’ is deemed to be a written or verbal contract between Atlas Web Design and the client; this includes telephone and email agreements.

Website Design

Whilst every endeavour will be made to ensure that the website and any scripts or programs are free of errors, Atlas Web Design cannot accept responsibility for any losses incurred due to malfunction, the website or any part of it.

The website, graphics and any programming code remain the property of Atlas Web Design until all outstanding accounts are paid in full.

Any scripts, cgi applications, php scripts, or software (unless specifically agreed) written by Atlas Web Design remain the copyright of Atlas Web Design and may only be commercially reproduced or resold with the permission of Atlas Web Design.

Atlas Web Design cannot take responsibility for any copyright infringements caused by materials submitted by the client. We reserve the right to refuse any material of a copyrighted nature unless adequate proof is given of permission to use such material.

Any additions to briefs provided will be carried out at the discretion of Atlas Web Design and where no charge is made by Atlas Web Design for such additions, Atlas Web Design accept no responsibility to ensure such additions are error free and reserve the right to charge an according amount for any correction to these or further additions.

The client agrees to make available as soon as is reasonably possible to Atlas Web Design all materials required to complete the site to the agreed standard and within the set deadline.

Atlas Web Design will not be liable for costs incurred, compensation or loss of earnings due to the failure to meet agreed deadlines.

Atlas Web Design will not be liable or become involved in any disputes between the site owner and their clients and cannot be held responsible for any wrong doing on the part of a site owner. eg. Any disputes re content/images that have been provided to us for inclusion on the site.

Atlas Web Design will not be liable for any costs incurred, compensation or loss of earnings due to the work carried out on behalf of the client or any of the clients appointed agents.

Atlas Web Design will not be liable for any costs incurred, compensation or loss of earnings due to the unavailability of the site, its servers, software or any material provided by its agents.

A deposit of 25% is required with any standard project. Once a website has been designed and completed the final balance of payment is then due in accordance with our payment terms. There are no exceptions to this, i.e If the client decides they no longer want the site, as they have commissioned the work and paid a deposit they are still obliged to pay for the work that has been completed. Non payment will result in legal action being taken if necessary. Once full payment is received for a website, it is assumed that the project has been completed to the client’s satisfaction and no refunds can be offered.

Database, Application and E-Commerce Development

Atlas Web Design cannot take responsibility for any losses incurred by the use of any software created for the client. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure products are problem free and accurate, the ultimate responsibility lies with the client in ensuring that all software is functioning correctly before use.

Any scripts, applications or software (unless specifically agreed) written by Atlas Web Design remain the copyright of Atlas Web Design and may only be commercially reproduced or resold with the permission of Atlas Web Design.

Where applications or sites are developed on servers not recommended by Atlas Web Design, the client is expected to provide or seek any information, additional software, support or co-operation pertaining to the server required in order for the application to be correctly developed. Where large applications are to be developed, it is the client’s responsibility to provide a suitable testing environment which is identical to the final production environment.

The client is expected to test fully any application or programming relating to a site developed by Atlas Web Design before being made generally available for use. Where “bugs”, errors or other issues are found after the site is live, Atlas Web Design will endeavour (but is not obliged to) to correct these issues to meet the standards of function outlined in the brief.

Compatibility

Atlas Web Design will endeavour to ensure that any developed/designed site or application will function correctly on the server it is initially installed in and that it will function correctly when viewed with the web browsing software Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 10 +11, Firefox Version 37, Safari Version 8 and Google Chrome Version 43. Atlas Web Design can offer no guarantees of correct function with all browser software that are not included in this standard set of browsers list.

Website Hosting

Whilst Atlas Web Design recommends hosting companies to host websites, no guarantees can be made as to the availability or interruption of this service by Atlas Web Design cannot accept liability for losses caused by the unavailability, malfunction or interruption of this service, or for loss of turnover, sales, revenue, profits or indirect, consequential or special loss.

Atlas Web Design reserve the right to refuse to handle in any way, material which may be deemed offensive, illegal or in any way controversial, and also to terminate the free hosting service should the necessity arise.

Website Optimization

Due to external factors, such as changes to the way search engines rank websites, we cannot offer any guarantees regarding the position we will achieve for websites. The process of optimizing websites itself will bring in more traffic and hits and you’ll see visits increase to your site naturally. We cannot accept liability for any change in rankings, or drop off in the position of your website due to changes in the algorithms of the search engines or the factors that they use to rank websites.

We use ‘white hat techniques’ when optimizing websites and always aim to achieve a top ten ranking for your website within six months of undertaking a SEO contract. Due to the work involved payment is generally required in advance and we are unable to offer a refund of any monies to clients in relation to this type of work.

Atlas Web Design reserve the right to refuse to handle in any way, material which may be deemed offensive, illegal or in any way controversial.

Website Maintenance Contracts

We offer a range of maintenance contracts with varying hours of commitment in return for discounted hourly rates compared to our standard hourly support rate. When purchasing one of our maintenance contracts the client is entering into a support contract with Atlas Web Design. Maintenance contract hours can be used for web design, web development, SEO and marketing services or other services at Atlas Web Design’s discretion.

In the event maintenance contract hours are not exhausted within an 18 month period they can be removed from your account at Atlas Web Design’s discretion. Maintenance contract hours are non-refundable under any circumstances.

Payment of Accounts

A deposit is required from any new client before any work is carried out. It is the Atlas Web Design policy that any outstanding accounts for work carried out by Atlas Web Design or its affiliates are required to be paid in full, no later than 30 days from the date of project completion unless by prior arrangement with Atlas Web Design.

Once a deposit is paid and work completed you are obliged to pay the balance of payment in full.

We will contact clients via email and telephone to remind them of such payments if they are not received when due. If accounts are not settled or Atlas Web Design have not been contacted regarding the delay, access to the related website may be denied and web pages removed, we will then pass such cases to the Small Claims Court to pursue payment, non payment can result in county court judgements (ccj’s) being added to the clients credit rating.

Following consistent non payment of an invoice our solicitors will contact the client in question, with a view to taking the matter further and if need be to seek payment through legal procedures, and if necessary court summons.

Your Privacy

We do not share or sell any of your details with third party companies, without your express permission and we will only email you or contact you about related matters or company news and announcements. More information can be found on our Privacy Policy.

Informal procedure

Anyone who experiences a problem with their web service provided by Atlas Web Design should raise the matter directly using our contact form on our website, giving sufficient information to locate the material (such as a web address) and clearly outlining the grounds for complaint.

Atlas Web Design will approach the individual responsible for the material in question with a view to resolving the matter to the satisfaction of the complainant.

Formal complaints procedure

The formal complaints procedure should only be used where the complainant feels that the nature of the complaint is too serious to be dealt with informally, or where a satisfactory conclusion has not been reached after following the informal procedure.

A formal complaint should be made in writing to Atlas Web Design, who will acknowledge receipt and ensure that the matter is looked into as soon as possible.

An initial response to any complaint can be expected within 7 working days of its receipt; a full and considered response to the complaint should be completed within 30 working days and any subsequent remedy implemented with the minimum of delay.

Alterations to Terms 

Atlas Web Design reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions as we see fit. Alterations to the Terms and Conditions will go live on our website. We will do our best to notify existing client’s by mail if Terms and Conditions are amended however it is the responsibility of the client to keep up to date on the latest Terms and Conditions available from our website.

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