These are the Standard Terms and Conditions, which form the contract between Bone Digital and all clients. The following terms and conditions apply to all Website, Software, and Application development – also referred to herein as “the works” – created by Bone.Digital.
Bone Digital reserves the right to change any rates and Terms without notice. As such the Terms will be current at time of reading only. The Client should obtain and read the current Terms, which are published at bone.digital/terms.
All project estimates are provided in Australian Dollars, unless specified, and GST will be applied to all invoices for services supplied to Australian entities. A non-refundable deposit will be invoiced and due immediately upon approval of the estimate and proposed timelines, to ensure that schedules can be finalised for this work. Remaining fees are payable per terms outlined in the approved estimate and/or scope documentation. Payment terms for invoices are strictly 14 days.
If payment has not been received by the due date, Bone Digital has the right to suspend ongoing work for the Client, until such time that full payment of the outstanding balance has been received. If full payment has still not been received 14 days after the due date, Bone Digital has the right to replace, modify or remove the website and revoke the client’s licence of the work until full payment has been received. In the case of hosting or maintenance agreements, this may result in the suspension of your account.
By revoking the client’s licence of the work or removing the website from the internet, Bone Digital does not remove the client’s obligation to pay any outstanding monies owing.
Feedback and revisions to align with the agreed scope are included and timings outlined in the estimate. Feedback can include author’s corrections, minor styling issues, refinements to type sizes, colours, comments on how any transitions are working. Any feedback must be collated and delivered together. Additional corrections or draft revisions, outside those specified, will be classed as a variation and will be billed at a rate of $180/hr. Any ‘major’ changes, such as structural layout changes that vary significantly to the designs, will be identified and quoted at a rate of $180/hr (or $360/hr if required at priority), before development proceeds.
Works requested outside those described in the above estimate, or changes requested after the site has been fully signed-off, will be quoted separately or charged at an adhoc hourly rate of $180/hr. This does not include fixes to bugs or technical issues within the agreed scope (see Warranty Period).
As a client of Bone Digital you are responsible for complying with all relevant laws relating to e-commerce, and, to the full extent permitted by law, will, protect, defend and indemnify Bone Digital from any claim, penalty, tax, tariff loss or damage arising from your or your clients’ use of internet electronic commerce.
Any work carried out by Bone Digital carries a 30-day warranty period where any in-scope bugs or errors discovered after the go-live of the production site will be fixed free of charge. It is at the discretion of Bone Digital whether any further bugs that arise after the end of the warranty will be addressed free of charge. It is the discretion of Bone Digital whether any tweaks can or cannot be covered under this warranty. After 30 days, a Client may choose to enter into an an ongoing maintenance agreement with Bone Digital, which can be adapted to suit Client’s requirements.
The client is to supply all materials and information required to complete the work in accordance with the agreed specifications. Such materials may include, but are not limited to, photographs, written-copy, logos and other digital materials, logins or passwords to third party products (e.g. social media accounts). Where the client’s failure to supply such materials leads to a delay in completion of the work, Bone Digital has the right to extend previously agreed deadlines and associated fees for the completion of the work by a reasonable amount. Where the client’s failure to supply materials prevents progress on the Work for more than 10 business days, Bone Digital has the right to invoice the client for any part or parts of the work already completed.
The client will obtain all the necessary permissions in respect to the use of all copy, graphic images, font licensing, registered company logos, names and trademarks or any other material it supplies to Bone Digital and/or includes in their website or web applications. The conclusion of a project between Bone Digital and the client shall be regarded as a guarantee that all such permissions have been obtained by the Client, and that the inclusion of material on a website or in the software would not constitute a criminal offence. By agreeing to these terms, the client removes the legal responsibility of Bone Digital and indemnifies the same from any claims or legal actions, however related to the content of the client’s website or software.
Once Bone Digital has received full payment of all outstanding invoices and the work has been approved by the client, to the extent that any law prevents or prohibits full ownership in the website and its design including all intellectual property belonging to or transferring to the client, the client will be granted a licence to use the website and its related software and contents for the life of the website.
The licence of use can be transferred to another party if that party has bought or acquired the business from the client. Written notification must be made to Bone Digital if the licence is to be transferred.
To the extent that any website code ownership of which cannot pass to the client under these terms and conditions, or that is not freely accessible to third parties and not in the public domain, and to which Bone Digital or their suppliers owns the copyright, may not be copied, published, distributed or passed to any third parties in any form without prior written consent from Bone Digital. Unless previously agreed otherwise in writing, no modifications may be made by the client or any third party to code to which Bone Digital or their suppliers owns the copyright.
On completion of the work stages, the client will be notified and have the opportunity to review a test site link – also known as a Staging site link. The client should notify Bone Digital in writing, of any feedback or unsatisfactory points upon receipt of such test links, and within the timeframe outlined in the estimate and/or scope documentation. Any work that has not been reported in writing as unsatisfactory within the review period, will be deemed to have been approved. Once approved or deemed approved the contract will be deemed to have been completed and the balancing payment will become due. Work cannot be subsequently rejected.
If the client requests further amendments to work after they have already provided approval of the work, further work may be subject to additional charges at Bone’s discretion, regardless of whether work is considered “in scope” or “out of scope” of the original agreement.
The proposed timelines are contingent upon full cooperation of the client, receipt of complete and final designs and/or content for the website, and delivery of feedback and approvals within the timeframes provided in the estimate and/or technical scope
During development there may be questions or feedback required in order to progress to subsequent phases. A single point of contact is to be appointed from the client side, and made available in order to expedite the feedback process.
Furthermore, incomplete content, or content requiring alteration during the development phase can add delay to the project. Bone Digital cannot be held to the agreed delivery date if the above conditions are not met.
Additional fees and charges may apply at Bone’s hourly rate of $180 if the project schedule is extended beyond the agreed timeline at Bone’s discretion. This includes but is not limited to the below examples:
– Client requests to delay go-live dates for any reason.
– Delays in critical deliverables such as completed designs, Technical Scope – feedback/approval, or other feedback/inputs from the Client.
– Additional rounds of feedback from the Client.
– Delivery of designs in phases when a Phased approach has not been agreed upon previously.
By using current versions of well-supported content management systems (CMSs) including but not limited to WordPress or Shopify, Bone Digital endeavours to ensure that the websites we create are compatible with all recent versions of commonly used web browsers such as Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari, on recent device types. However, please note that we no longer support Internet Explorer or Opera, and cannot guarantee compatibility when using in-app browsers such as LinkedIn or Facebook. Third party extensions, where used, may not have the same level of support for all browsers. Where appropriate Bone Digital will substitute alternative extensions or implement other solutions, on a best effort basis, where any incompatibilities are found. Please ensure that your browser is up to date and that you are using a current or recent device model, prior to testing the staging link.
Bone Digital will perform basic search engine optimisation and build your website according to current SEO best practice. Bone Digital does not guarantee any specific position in search engine results for your website. For additional tips on how to optimise your site to improve visibility on search engines, refer to the Google starter guide.
Bone Digital are pleased to offer several hosting, support and maintenance plans to support your website post-launch. Our servers and website software are kept up to date at the best of our ability. We do our best to minimise downtime during these updates. Bone Digital cannot give a 100% guarantee that there will be any hosting interruptions or downtime from its hosting supplier and shall attempt to inform of any scheduled updates or maintenance, but we have achieved 99.9% uptime in the past. Customers wishing to use alternative hosting, need to confirm such hosting is suitable for the website built by Bone Digital prior to development work commencing.
The Client recognises that the continued operation of the website might be compromised by a third party hosting company or developer. In such instances, if the website requires service by Bone, the Client will be liable for any work conducted by Bone.
Bone Digital does not provide ‘Top Level’ admin access or file access for any of our websites, unless a special request is made by our clients. In these circumstances, any remaining warranty time left on the project will be voided.
After file access has been granted, Bone Digital cannot be held liable for any damages, data breaches, data loses incurred, or errors that arise on the site – in relation to your content or website in any form.
Any requests to rectify errors arising after access is provided will be subject to a rate of $360 per hour.
Web maintenance is an important part of managing any website. Having a website that is out of date or functioning incorrectly is just as bad as having no website at all, so it’s important to make sure that you try to keep your website up-to-date. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of website development and ongoing updates in digital technology (third party plugins, CMS platforms, APIs, browsers) Bone Digital advises clients to consider taking up a maintenance and support agreement, to ensure that your website remains current and functioning efficiently after your warranty expires.
Website Maintenance assists with technical and operational support related to your website. Assistance includes interaction with a Content Management Systems (CMS), maintaining platform (e.g. WordPress), plugins and themes where necessary, to ensure the safe, secure, efficient and effective running of your website.
This maintenance may include, but is not limited to:
– Updates to Content Management Systems, e.g. WordPress theme updates such as changing a colour or typeface, adding a new content field
– Creating and maintaining custom tools and functions, and updating when requested
– Maintaining social plugins, forms, forums, login areas live chat and dashboards
– Troubleshooting bugs and answering queries
– Implementing Google Analytics and tracking codes (not monitoring)
– Updating Google Map integrations when API updates are launched by Google
– Maintaining responsivness and browser compatibility
– Maintaining and updating any eCommerce platforms and integrations between other platforms (including Xero, Freight plugins) and liaison with these other providers as required.
The support can be routine or planned (recommended for larger, complex sites), ad-hoc, or emergency (requiring of immediate action by the Service Provider “Bone Digital”). Maintenance may not include new feature requests, and this will be quoted separately.
No new Development company or freelance individual is permitted to work on your site’s code files, while Bone Digital are the primary developers and maintenance providers.
Please contact email@example.com to discuss your ongoing maintenance needs and payment options.
Bone Digital acknowledges that all information and materials provided to us by the client under, and in connection with, the works are supplied solely for that purpose and Bone Digital specifically acknowledges that the information provided is communicated or made available on terms of strict confidentiality. Bone Digital acknowledges and that the client may suffer damage as a result of the disclosure, communication, or use of that information or any part of it to or by any unauthorised person. Confidential information will be used by us only:
– for the primary purpose for which it was obtained
– for a secondary purpose that is directly related to the primary purpose with your consent;
– or where required or authorised by law in accordance with Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act).
Should your company require Bone Digital to sign a confidentiality agreement relating to your company’s business interests and projects, we would be happy to do so.
A helpful factsheet has been created by the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner to help you work out your GDPR obligations: www.cpdp.vic.gov.au/