This is an important topic, so we want you to be very clear on the details. Yes – it will be your website. No – you will not have the copyright and ownership of everything designed and developed for your site. Every web designer and developer uses and reuses bits of html code, scripts, server-side coding, and menu structures over and over again. One thing that we do not provide to you, which no web designer would provide you, as the web site owner is the copyright or ownership to any html code, scripts, or server-side coding. Why not? Because if we assigned the copyright and/or ownership of every element of your website to you, we would not be able to reuse any of that code, scripts, etc. for our next customer. That would drive our prices up make your site more expensive. Page layout, along with the site navigation, is something web developers use and reuse. It’s an artistic interpretation. You do not own it – again, because navigation techniques and page layouts get recycled into future projects. And finally, your completed site may well use or contain third-party scripts for which someone else already owns the copyright and has agreed it may be incorporated into your site. Clearly, we can’t give you the copyright to someone else’s work.
Anything that you provide is your property, to do with as you see fit. That means the text you provide for us to add to your pages. You own the copyright to that text. It means any and all images and logos that you provide for us to add to your pages. You own the copyright to those. What you get in addition to that is a royalty-free, license-free right to display the web site in its entirety. You also have our commitment that we will not change a few words and resell ‘your’ site to your competitor. What remains the property of Windy Hill Web Solutions, and (where applicable) capable of copyright in favor of Windy Hill Web Solutions, is:
- HTML code
- Server side code
- Images, photographic or decorative, that we provide
- Structure, layout, and the ‘look and feel’ of the pages
- Menu, navigation concepts and icons
How quickly can you build my site?
This is probably the hardest question to answer. The complexity of the site you request obviously determines the ultimate length of the time it takes Windy Hill Web Solutions to create it. We have created sites in a matter of weeks but others take around 6 months to design and deploy. If you have a lot of ideas in mind and you have all the details of the site (content, images, etc.) worked out, that will streamline the process and allow us to get you up and running faster. Ideally, we like to give our clients a window of 3-6 months for an average website. An estimated timeline for completion can be determined after an initial consultation with a client depending on the complexity of the site and customization needed.