Terms & Conditions
By placing an order with Moocow Media, you confirm that you are in agreement with and bound by the terms and conditions below.
The terms and conditions stated in this document apply to all Moocow Media Clients unless agreed in writing to the contrary. No other contract terms and conditions shall apply unless specifically agreed in writing between Moocow Media and the Client. In the event of any ambiguity between these terms and conditions and any terms agreed in writing between Moocow Media and the Client then the terms and conditions hereunder will apply.
Please note that these Terms and Conditions are Subject to updates.
1.1 Moocow Media may provide Clients with initial estimates, otherwise referred to as quotations, for projects on request. The final project value may vary from the initial quotation if additions are requested to the original scope of work.
1.2 Moocow Media will provide quotations in writing by email to Clients, which will include a hyperlink to these Terms and Conditions. Acceptance by a Client of a Moocow Media estimate is subject to acceptance of the terms and conditions unless specifically agreed in writing between the Client and Moocow Media to the contrary.
INVOICING & PAYMENT TERMS
2.1 Moocow Media standard payment terms are 7 days from the date of invoice.
2.2 New projects require a 40% upfront payment for the commencement of a project AND a final 60% payment before the project is made live.
2.3 Monthly or retainer invoices will be invoiced by the 2nd of the month and needs to be paid within seven business days thereafter. Late payment will result in interest being charged to the account and a suspension of retainer services.
2.4 In the event that website development cost has been broken up into a payment plan, Moocow Media will remain the owners of the website until the design and development work has been paid in full as per the initial quotation.
2.5 Moocow Media reserves the right to increase their pricing in line with the official annual inflation rate each year, which is obtained from Statistic South Africa’s latest available Consumer Price Index (CPI) Headline Report.
3.1 Unless expressly agreed in writing to the contrary Moocow Media will not accept liability to the Client for unforeseen delays in completing a project.
3.2 In the event that there is a delay in the completion of a project, Moocow Media will communicate such delays to the Client in writing via email.
3.3 All website or online marketing tactic setup content needs to be provided by the client within 2 weeks of a deposit being paid to commence a project.
3.4 All Graphic design content needs to be provided within 1 week of a deposit being paid to commence a project.
3.5 The client is required to provide Moocow Media with all the content required for a project within the period detailed above. Should the client delay issuing Moocow Media with the content required for the project, Moocow Media reserves the right to renegotiate the cost of the project as well as the expected completion date. In such instances, Moocow Media will request any outstanding payments to be settled before the continuation of the project.
ONGOING MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT
4.1 Fixes for newly built websites need to be identified within a 14 day period from going live. If fixes are identified after this period and the client is not on a Maintenance agreement then a quotation will be issued to commence such fixes.
4.2 Moocow Media cannot future proof its services or products. Once a client has signed off on a project the responsibility to maintain and update plugins and Themes used on the website becomes the client’s responsibility unless a maintenance agreement has been signed with Moocow Media which covers such incidents.
4.3 Maintenance does not mean “eyes on the website” all the time and issues on the website still need to be reported to Moocow Media’s account manager.
4.4 Development faults with plugins, Software versions or themes used on a website built by Moocow Media are not covered by a maintenance agreement and will be quoted for separately as in most cases the original software developer will need to be involved.
4.5 Similarly, hosting and website faults remain the responsibility of the hosting provider and do not fall under any maintenance agreement.
4.6 A Moocow Media account manager can be present to consult at external meetings if required, however, such meetings need to be arranged in advance and unless prior arrangements have been made such consultations will be limited to one meeting per month of a maximum duration of 1 hour. Consultations will be charged at our standard consulting rate.
TERMINATION OF SERVICE
5.1 Cancellation of any products or services may be made at any time by providing Moocow Media with a cancellation request 1 calendar month in advance, in writing.
5.2 In the event of cancellation of the agreement prior to the completion of the cancellation period, Moocow Media reserves the right to pursue any of the following: (1) remove equipment, software, services or resources owned by the Company, (2) bring legal action against the Client for contractual breach or (3) remove any created websites, graphics, content, links, advertising and accounts.
3RD PARTY SERVICES
6.1 Moocow Media will offer to Clients’ third party services such as those offered by Google to enhance the performance of their websites. Moocow Media may include in quotations the setup and maintenance of such third party services. Moocow Media will not be liable to the Client for any interruption, non-performance, or cancellation of the provision by third parties of any such services.
WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN TERMS AND CONDITIONS
7.1 All website content needs to be provided by the client within 2 weeks of payment of a deposit to commence a project. Should the client delay issuing Moocow Media the content required for the project, Moocow Media reserves the right to renegotiate the cost of the project as well as the expected completion date. In such instances, Moocow Media will request any outstanding payments to be settled before the continuation of the project.
7.2 CMS websites require updates to plugins and themes. If the client has not opted for monthly maintenance, such updates and the cost thereof, remain the responsibility of the client. However, plugins and themes may be quoted for separately if required.
7.3 Additional pages, images and revisions on projects above the scope of work agreed above will attract additional charges.
7.4 All E-commerce websites will come with Flat Rate shipping. It is the client’s responsibility to negotiate shipping costs with his/her preferred supplier and to provide Moocow Media with specified flat rates. Alternative Shipping Plugin purchase and configuration fall out of the scope of work, unless specifically quoted for.
7.5 All e-commerce website payment facilities. It remains the responsibility of the client to keep these updated and to provide us with their login details.
7.6 The client agrees that all content provided by the client including articles, website wording, graphics and videos are owned by the client and free of any copyright infringement.
7.7 Landing pages, unless otherwise stated are created using a specific Landing page platform. If you want a copy of this page we can provide it, but it will only be reactivated using a version of the same platform, as the code is customised for use on this platform.
7.8 Viruses & Outdated Websites, Moocow Media makes every effort to take security precautions on our Clients websites, this includes the relevant security plugins which keeps its servers secure, wherever possible. However we cannot guarantee the prevention of hacks, viruses or unexpected data deletion and cannot be held liable for any such damages as a result.
Moocow Media cannot be responsible for any websites that have stopped working or have become faulty over time due to the website becoming “outdated”. Outdated websites can be affected due to many aspects, such as new browser software, outdated web code, etc. Moocow Media cannot be expected to keep your website updated in every aspect without being compensated to do so. In this situation the Client may opt to have their website redeveloped or select one of our subscription based website packages where Moocow Media is responsible for updating this on your website at all times.
SEO TERMS AND CONDITIONS
8.1 Moocow Media accepts no responsibility nor liability to the Client for the actual rankings achieved or how such rankings may vary over time. Search engines are known to change their algorithms and in such doing rankings and traffic may fluctuate.
EMAIL MARKETING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
9.1 Moocow Media will setup Client’s email with email service providers and charge a fixed amount for doing this.
9.2 Payment of Monthly charged based on subscribers will remain the responsibility of the client.
9.3 Moocow Media will not be liable for any purchased, rented, or third-party lists of email addresses that were/are purchased/provided by the client for newsletter or emailing distribution.
9.4 Moocow Media will not be held liable for any penalties placed upon the client by the email service provider as a result of purchased, rented, or third-party lists of email addresses or spam content used in newsletters.
CONTENT MARKETING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
10.1 The Client’s account manager will post content based in the client’s: Target Market, Products, Industry, but occasionally content might be relevant to General Internet Trends or Holidays. The Client is responsible for setting content guidelines with the Account Manager, these guidelines can be in the form of a list of approved: websites, newsletters, rss feeds where the Account Manager can derive content from.
10.2 The Account Manager cannot take responsibility for the sharing of, nor comments made in response to content posted on the page, as this is the nature of social media interactions. An Escalation process will be followed with feedback on the social media sites, but in no way will any actions taken in response to these contradict the objective of company transparency.
10.3 Unless otherwise agreed the content for newsletters will be provided by the client, although the account manager may give some suggestions for content going forward.
10.4 The client agrees that all content provided by the client including articles, website wording, graphics and videos are owned by the client and free of any copyright infringement.
HOSTING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
11.1 Moocow Media will invoice for hosting and domain renewals on an 6 monthly basis. This is only applicable for websites hosted and maintained by Moocow Media
11.2 Moocow Media will use their best endeavours to rectify the cause of any disruption in the hosting service of a Client’s website(s) and to minimise the duration of any such instances. This is only applicable for websites hosted and maintained by Moocow Media.
11.3 Moocow Media will not be liable to the Client for any compensation in respect of any downtime that may occur with the hosting of their website(s).
11.4 Only If website maintenance is selected and paid for on a monthly basis,will Moocow Media keep a backup of all Client website files.
11.5 In the event that a Client wishes to move their website to another web server supported by another party, then Moocow Media will cooperate fully, subject to all outstanding amounts being paid up in full, in some instances a transfer fee will be applicable.
11.6 Moocow Media will troubleshoot any problems reported by the Client with their email. If the problem is due to an omission by Moocow Media then no charge will be made to the Client. If the problem is not due to an omission by Moocow Media then the Client will be charged
11.7 Login details and passwords need to be kept confidential and secure. Moocow Media will not be held accountable for email account/website hacks. We do not keep passwords on record and will subject any password request to security measures deemed sufficient to legitimise the request
GENERAL SERVICE DISCLAIMERS
The Client acknowledges the following with respect to services:
12.1 Moocow Media accepts no responsibility for policies of Google, third-party search engines, directories or other websites (“Third-Party Resources”) that the Client may submit to with respect to the classification or type of content it accepts, whether now or in the future. The Client’s web site or content may be excluded or banned from any Third-Party Resource at any time and the Client agrees not to hold Moocow Media responsible for any liability or actions taken by Third-Party Resources under this Agreement.
12.2 The Client furthermore acknowledges that the nature of many of the resources the Moocow Media may employ under this Agreement are competitive, therefore Moocow Media does not guarantee top rankings, consistent positioning or specific performance of any strategies employed and the Client accepts that the Moocow Media past performance is not indicative of any future results the Client may experience.
12.3 The Client recognizes that SEO and submissions to search engines and directories can take an indefinite amount of time for acceptance or inclusion and that internet advertising may be subject to the individual advertising network’s policies and procedures.
12.4 The Client accepts that Google Adwords, search engines, directories or other resources may block, prevent or otherwise stop accepting submissions for an indefinite period of time.
12.5 The Client acknowledges that search engines may drop listings from its database for no apparent or predictable reason. The Company shall re-submit resources to the search engine based on the current policies of the search engine in question.
12.6 Moocow Media will endeavor to make every effort to keep the Client informed of any changes that Moocow Media is made aware of that impact any of the campaigns and strategies and the execution thereof under this Agreement. The Client also acknowledges that Moocow Media may not become aware of changes to third-party resources, industry changes or any other changes that may or may not affect campaigns or services.
12.7 Moocow Media, for the duration of this agreement, may develop design strategies and codes, which, in Moocow Media’s opinion improve the Client’s website. Moocow Media and the Client will review these suggestions together and once mutual agreement is reached activate these changes. If the Client decides to make any material changes to the website, the Client will consult with Moocow Media prior to implementing these changes, to make sure that they do not conflict with Moocow Media marketing strategy.
12.8 Third-Party Resources, particularly Facebook, change their layout and can very often affect any business page installations and applications. The Company will not be held liable for these changes and, should work need to be done to rectify, then a new “quote” would need to be drawn up.
12.9 Moocow Media and its subcontractors retain the right to display all designs as examples of their work in their respective portfolios.
13.1 The source code of all website web pages remains the intellectual property of Moocow Media until such time as payment is made in full by the client and may not be copied and used by any other party without the consent of Moocow Media.
13.2 All scripts, CSS and include files used within Client websites, remains the intellectual property of Moocow Media until such time as payment is made in full by the client and may not be copied and used by any other party without the written consent of Moocow Media.
13.3 The stored procedures, functions and triggers programmed into SQL Databases remain the intellectual property of Moocow Media until such time as payment is made in full by the client and and may not be copied and used by any other party without the consent of Moocow Media.
13.4 All Client logo images, images unique to the Client, i.e. of their premises, workforce and their business, plus all written copy, belong to the Client and are covered under their copyright. Moocow Media will not reuse Client written content or images without the express permission of the Client.
13.5 Moocow Media will not be liable for any copyright infringements committed by the Client with regards to content provided for marketing materials. The Client hereby agrees that all content submitted to Moocow Media is original content and not copied off other websites as copying content of other online assets will directly impact Moocow Media ability to run an effective marketing strategy for the Client.
13.6 The Client and the Company acknowledge and agree that the Specifications and all other documents and information related to the development of the Moocow Media Campaign (the “Confidential Information”) will constitute valuable trade secrets of the Company. The Client shall keep the Confidential Information in confidence and shall not, at any time during or after the term of this Agreement, without the Company’s prior written consent, disclose or otherwise make available to anyone, either directly or indirectly, all or any part of the Confidential Information.
14.1 In the event that the Client does not pay an invoice within the time frame allocated in the invoice, then Moocow Media has the right to suspend all further works for that Client until such time as payment is made in full.
14.2 In the event that the Client does not pay a hosting subscription invoice within 30 days of the due date, i.e. 44 days after the invoice date, then Moocow Media reserve the right to turn off any website hosting until such time as the invoice is paid in full.
14.3 In the event that the Client becomes insolvent or goes into liquidation Moocow Media have the right to immediately terminate their contract with the Client and invoice for the full value of project works carried out to that date, plus suspend any email or hosting services.
14.4 In the event that a Client delays the progress of a project with Moocow Media then Moocow Media will be entitled to give 14 days written notice to the Client. If the Client does not satisfactorily remedy the cause(s) of the delay, within the 14 day notice period, then Moocow Media will have the right to terminate the service. Moocow Media will invoice the Client for the full value of works carried out to-date.
14.5 In the event the Client fails to make any of the payments referenced in deadline set forth, Moocow Media has the right, but is not obliged, to pursue any or all of the following remedies: (1) terminate the Agreement, (2) remove equipment, software, services or resources owned by the Company or (3) bring legal action.
WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED OF US
15.1 We aim to achieve the highest level of client satisfaction and for our clients to have absolute faith in our standard of work and the professional manner in which we conduct business. We will:
be friendly, courteous and helpful when contacted
make every effort to explain things clearly and in terms you can understand, keeping jargon to a minimum
agree with you the type of service you can expect to receive
respond to your phone calls, emails and letters in a timely manner
treat all clients fairly
WHAT WE EXPECT OF OUR CLIENTS
16.1 We expect you to:
provide any information that has been requested within agreed timescales
pay all invoices within the payment terms defined in our agreement
let us know in advance if you are unable to do this, or if your circumstances change
IMPROVING OUR SERVICES / DESIGN CREDIT
17.1 We are keen to improve our high level of Client service and welcome any comments that you have, either complimentary or critical. If a project has not met its targets we would appreciate your feedback about what we can do to avoid the situation in future. We want our clients to be 100% happy with the service they receive.
17.2 A link to Moocow Media’s website will appear in either small type or by a small graphic at the bottom of the Client’s website. If a graphic is used, it will be designed to fit in with the overall site design. If a client requests that the design credit be removed, a nominal fee of 10% of the total development charges will be applied. When total development charges are less than £5000, a fixed fee of £500 will be applied.
18.1 Moocow Media may purchase domain names on behalf of the Client. The loss, cancellation or otherwise of the domain brought about by non or late payment is not the responsibility of Moocow Media. Payment and renewal of domain names not purchased by Moocow Media is the responsibility of the Client.
Charges for domain-name related services (initial purchase or renewal) are dependant on the domain extension, the chosen name, and where it is acquired (this figure will be provided before purchase/renewal takes place).
If we do not have contact from a Client after informing them (30 days before expiry date) that their domain name is due for renewal, and that domain expires, it is no longer Moocow Media’s responsibility. If a Client comes to us at a later date wishing to obtain an expired domain name we will assist them as best we can.
If we have purchased a domain name on behalf of a Client then we will renew that domain name after receiving confirmation that the Client wishes to retain it. If the Client has purchased their own domain name, it is purely the Client’s responsibility to maintain registration of it.
There are no charges if a Client wishes to transfer their domain name/s to a new Registrar, or is otherwise terminating their contract with Moocow Media.
By registering a domain name ending in .uk (with some very limited exceptions), you enter into a contract of registration with Nominet UK. The contract includes conditions limiting Nominet’s liability and relating to their use of your personal information. This contract is just for the domain name and separate to any arrangement you may have with any other organisation for providing related internet services.
Click here to view or download Nominet’s Terms and Conditions of Domain Name Registration.
19.1 This Agreement shall be governed by English Law.
20.1 To the full extent permissible by law, Moocow Media hereby excludes itself, its Employees and or Agents from all and any liability from:
- Loss or damage caused by any inaccuracy;
- Loss or damage caused by omission;
- Loss or damage caused by delay or error, whether the result of negligence or other cause in the production of the web site;
- Loss or damage to clients’ artwork/photos, supplied for the site. Immaterial whether the loss or damage results from negligence or otherwise.
20.2 For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this agreement limits any liability which cannot legally be limited, including but not limited to liability for: (a) death or personal injury caused by negligence; (b) fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; and (c) breach of the terms implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 or section 2 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 (title and quiet possession).
20.3 Subject to clause 20.2, the entire liability of Moocow Media to the Client in respect of any claim whatsoever or breach of this Agreement, whether or not arising out of negligence, shall be limited to the charges paid for the Services under this Agreement in respect of which the breach has arisen.
21.1 In the event any one or more of the provisions of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the remaining provisions of this Agreement shall be unimpaired and the Agreement shall not be void for this reason alone. Such invalid, illegal or unenforceable provision shall be replaced by a mutually acceptable valid, legal and enforceable provision, which comes closest to the intention of the parties underlying the invalid.
22.1 At Moocow Media we take steps to preserve the security of our client’s websites wherever possible. However, we cannot (and do not) guarantee the prevention of hacks, viruses or unexpected data deletion and accept no responsibility nor liability for any damages resulting from such an incident. If a client’s website is compromised or hacked, it is the responsibility of the client to rectify this problem – Moocow Media will provide support and assistance as required. It remains the responsibility of the client to check for, implement and update any patches to their websites. Moocow Media reserve the right to shutdown any website held on Moocow Media’s servers that has been compromised or hacked.
WEBSITE / SOFTWARE UPDATES
22.2 Moocow Media develop websites/systems on open source software platforms. Moocow Media will not be liable for any open source software or development developing vulnerabilities. Over time open source software platforms will release updates and security patches to help minimise the risk of hackers gaining access to the software/system via known vulnerabilities.
Even where a support service/contract is in place with Moocow Media, it remains the responsibility of the client to ensure that the website remains up to date and to check for, implement and update any patches. Moocow Media do not take responsibility for any client’s websites being compromised or hacked.
23.1 Moocow Media will endeavour to ensure that any developed/designed site or application will function correctly on the server it is initially installed in and that it will function correctly when viewed with the web browsing software Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 6 and to an acceptable level with Mozilla browsers. Moocow Media can offer no guarantees of correct function with all browser software.