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Hiring a Website Developer: What You Need to Know

Hiring a Website Developer: What You Need to Know

All the crucial information when hiring website developer for the first time.

26th June 2015
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Getting started on your business’ website development

If you’re taking your business online, or want to create an ecommerce business from scratch but don’t have the technical know-how, then hiring a Web-developer will be crucial. If you’re a keen web-developer, scoring a project with a start-up or a large company can help you build your portfolio and increase your reputation.

Web-developers (AKA suppliers) can be outsourced through freelance companies, web-develpoment companies or as individuals. Having someone take care of your website’s infrastructure and functionality can mean that you have time to focus on the growth of your business.

Before you get started, it’s important to make sure the Website Development Agreement clearly sets out the terms and conditions of the agreement in order to protect both parties.

What is a Website Development Agreement?

This agreement governs the relationship between the Supplier and the Customer (you, the business owner). For the benefit of the Supplier, this agreement grants a license to you to use their software (i.e. website features) and website design, and sets out payment terms and obligations of each of the parties.The agreement also sets out the terms of the project, including the development expectations.

Protecting your IP

For the benefit of the Supplier, the agreement ensures that your existing and future intellectual property rights, including the web design and content specified in the agreement, stays with you.

Do I need a Website Development Agreement for my business?

Outsourcing a key operation such as building your business’ website comes with risk, and you want to ensure that you get what you’re paying for, whilst protecting your businesses reputation. Likewise, as a web-developer, you want to want to ensure your deliverables and responsibilities are clearly set out and your are IP is protected.

A Website Development Agreement provides a legal framework for either party to fall back on if a dispute should arise.

How do I create my Website Development Agreement?

Creating your own Website Development Agreement takes less than 5 minutes, meaning you can safely begin building your website as soon as possible!


Unsure where to start? Contact a LawPath consultant on 1800LAWPATH to learn more about customising legal documents, obtaining a fixed-fee quote from our network of 600+ expert lawyers or to get answers to your legal questions.

Dominic Woolrych

Dominic is the CEO of Lawpath, dedicating his days to making legal easier, faster and more accessible to businesses. Dominic is a recognised thought-leader in Australian legal disruption, and was recognised as a winner of the 2015 Australian Legal Innovation Index.