With the massive amount of information sought, sold and traded online today, it's
no wonder that many people find the need for various website
contracts. But is it necessary to enter into contractual agreements over
website hosting, advertising and other website services?
The answer depends on the use of those services, and their value. If the use of
a website is limited to an online journal, the person utilizing that space probably
has no need for any website contracts. And if you are providing space for a few
online journals, you likely have no need for contracts to protect your interests.
But if you are hosting business websites, a large number of sites, or high-profile
sites, contracts can help you protect your interests and maintain your good standing.
When might you need website contracts?
Buying and Selling
When your customers use a website to buy and/or sell services or products, they
have a financial interest in that website. The people who depend on their websites
for business are likely to be very interested and involved in the daily operation
of their site. In this case, you may need to have a contract to outline the services
you will provide and those you aren't responsible for.
When people are losing money because of a problem, emotions tend to run high. Having
a contract that clearly outlines your responsibility in the hosting and maintenance
of the site is important.
Advertising a Business, Organization or Entity
Many businesses use their websites to promote their companies. Though the site itself
may not be a portal for buying and selling the products or services, the business,
organization or entity may depend heavily on the site for advertising. In this case,
they'll also be likely to blame the web hosts if there's a problem. Having a contract
to clearly outline your responsibilities as a web host provider means that there
are no questions of responsibility when errors occur.
Even those creating personal websites often depend on the site running smoothly
and can become upset when things go wrong. Having a contract means that your responsibilities
are clearly outlined. When a web maintenance company doesn't update advertising,
your contract means that the site owner knows that you don't control that aspect
of the website.
Website Contracts Available
You've already found a source for website contracts. Now all you
need to do is choose the package that's right for you. The successful website depends
on a number of people, all doing their parts. Don't allow yourself to arrive in
a precarious position because the responsibilities of the various parties aren't
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