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Highrise Digital Ltd Retainer Agreement, Terms & Conditions

The following document covers the agreement as well as the terms and conditions for Highrise Digital Ltd's retainer and/or maintenance plans.

These terms and conditions layout, in as simple language as we can, our expectations. They are intended to protect you and us from anything unexpected happening when we are working together.

For the purposes of these terms and conditions, “we”, “us” and “our” refers to Highrise Digital Ltd., and “you” and “your” refers to you or the organisation that you represent.

1. Our agreement

You are entering into a contract with us, as a provider of website(s) maintenance, consultancy and ongoing development work, which are outlined below. Services not considered standard maintenance and/or development tasks are subject to be charged at a regular hourly rate of £62.50, and will not be considered part of this contract.

For the duration of this contract, you agree that we will be the sole provider of the services outlined in this agreement, for the website(s) and no other party, other than yourself, will have access or the rights to change the website(s) codebase or content.

2. Scope of services

The scope of services include but are not limited to:

  • Bug fixes to the existing codebase
  • WordPress development such as plugins, themes and integrations etc.
  • WordPress and web consultancy, via email, phone or video call

2.1 How work is done

You agree to use our preferred project management software - Trello to triage tasks and track progress of work.

You will add all tasks to this software using the procedures we outline to you. Tasks added to your Trello "board" will be assigned a priority and then a person in charge. This person will complete the work, communicating with you before asking for the tasks to be reviewed. Throughout this process, we use time tracking software to track the time we have spent on tasks.

At the end of each month, we will provide you with a time report on the tasks that have been completed, if you request one. If you have used less time that the agreed monthly hours, these can only be rolled over at our discretion.

We will notify you if your time is running out in any month and ask you what you would like to do. This will either be to stop working for the current month and carry on the following month or to be billed for additional hours at the end of the month. Any additional hours to be billed will be at a rate of £62.50 / hour.

2.2 Maintenance contract (Care plan) features

If you opt for one of our maintenance or website care plans, our contract includes the following features:

  1. Managed updates for plugins, themes, translations and WordPress itself once a week
  2. Daily backups with a 90 day archive in a self-serve repository
  3. Site migration to new hosting (if required)
  4. Uptime monitoring
  5. Automated security scans

Important notes

  1. We will check for any updates once a week and apply these updates to our local site first, then your staging site and finally the live site should no issues occur. If problems do occur with an update, we will inform you of the issue. We can then formulate a plan in order to apply a fix, before proceeding to push the update to your live site.
  2. Our daily backups are stored on a Google Drive folder, which you will be granted access to. By taking our a maintenance plan with us, you are agreeing to the Google Drive terms and conditions. If your site does need restoring from a backup, we will always do our best to help immediately, but we guarentee to look into the problem within 3 working days.
  3. We will endevour to do our very best to migrate sites to other hosts, however sometimes things are out of our control and we need assistance from such hosts in this process. We are not repsonsible for the level or timescales of that assistance.
  4. If your site is down for a set period of time you will receive an email indicating this is the case. We also receive the same email and we will endeavour to assist you getting your site back online as fast as we can. It is important that we cannot guarantee your site will be brought back online in a fixed time period.
  5. Automated security scans happen daily and will report back to you of any problems found.

3. Deadlines & Deliverables

We will respond to all requests from you within 24 hours on weekdays and within 48 hours on weekends, via email or our preferred project management tool of choice, usually Trello. Maintenance requests received after 18:00 UTC may not be completed until the next business day unless prior arrangements have been made. We will aim to complete the work as fast as possible and will give you an indication of this time frame once we have agreed on a solution.

4. Authorisation

You hereby authorise us to host a local copy of your site, and a remote staging server (protected via WordPress user logins) of the website site which will be used to test functions and changes on, if we deem it appropriate. Updates to the site's code will be pushed to your live site using our deployment tools and require access to the live site with appropriate credentials, either FTP, sFTP or SSH.

5. Third party developers

From time to time, other developers may need to have access to and to make changes to the codebase. You agree that in order for us to carry out our duties under this retainer, any changes requested by a third party must be done so using our development setup process and the changes reviewed by us before going live.

6. Payment details

Payment can either be made monthly or quarterly. All payments are made upfront before work begins. Quartlery payments receive a 10% discount on hourly rates.

Your first payment may be slightly more than recurring payments as it could include part of the current month.

7. Cancelling your contract

We require written authorisation to cancel a contract with a 30-day notice period (60-day notice for quarterly billing). Any money owed to you after this will be refunded at our monthly payment rates.