View Full Version : Obligation to clients site?

07-21-2011, 07:58 AM
Hi guys,

This is my second post in this section. I'm new to the business aspect of things.

My question is regarding what a developers obligation is to their client after their website is designed/created. After the design part, is it your job to fill in the content? If so, if the client is not knowledgeable in HTML, how will they edit their content? Is there a way to simplify this without using a CMS system?

I ask this because I'm not quite sure how things proceed after the client has their site up and running. If they don't know HTML, are you expected to update their website for them? Is this an efficient way to do things? Should clients email you with changes that you need to make?

Thanks in advance. :)

07-21-2011, 03:50 PM
Your obligation is whatever you've agreed upon. Hopefully you have both agreed upon what it is you will be doing for them, in enough detail, that you aren't left wondering if you are expected to fill in content.

Before you take a job, write up a detailed spec list which spells out exactly what you are going to do, and how much you will get paid to do it. The client must sign off on this spec list-- this becomes your contract. Be sure to include how much you will hold hands and how long you will fix bugs for free after the website has gone live. It doesn't hurt to include a paragraph detailing how much you will charge to make any changes after the "warranty period" is over. I also include a paragraph that says "If the client changes these specs, the price will change accordingly."

If your website is not a CMS or database-driven, and your client cannot edit HTML, then obviously you will need to fill in the content, but you should have that in your contract, and you should have that work built into your price.

07-23-2011, 11:21 AM
Thanks a lot for you reply Fumigator. :thumbsup: