Terms & Conditions
Rockware Interactive Technologies
4452 Bruce Street Atlanta, GA 30340 (470) 306 – 2332
As a business performing project and contract based services, Rockware IT has developed business policies, which are strictly adhered to at all times, in all working relationships. They are as follows:
Rockware IT’s work flow* during any contracted agreement and/or project is as follows:
- Discovery Phase – During this phase the proposal and/or contractual agreement and Technical Requirements are developed, as well as deliverables expected**. Once this phase has been completed, the Technical Requirements signed off on and approved, the Discovery Phase and all work done within it, is frozen. Any further additions requested to be made to the Technical Requirements (or any other document/agreement developed during the Discovery Phase) at this point in the project life, will constitute a separate project, a separate price and a separate agreement. Work on another project started after the Discovery Phase will not begin until the current project is fully completed, accepted and paid for. During this phase we will be in heavy contact with you, as described in our “Discovery Phase” policy below, and you can expect to hear from us frequently until the phase is completed.
- Design Phase – During this phase, the design aspect of the project, if applicable, is developed. During this phase, a design is made based on the agreed upon Technical Requirements. An approval will be obtained on either a mock up, or a test website, either of which will contain an exact view of the end design to be delivered. Once this phase has been completed, the design signed off on and approved, the Design Phase and all work done within it, is frozen. Any further additions requested to be made to the design at this point in the project life, will constitute a separate project, a separate price and a separate agreement. Work on another project started after the Design Phase will not begin until the current project is fully completed, accepted and paid for. During this phase we will be in reasonable contact, often and as necessary, in order to develop an agreed upon design. You will hear from us often until the phase is complete.
- Development Phase – During this phase, the project is coded, tested, built and completed. No further approvals, requests, additions or changes can be made during this phase. All work done within the Development Phase is based entirely on work created, approved and designed in collaboration with you during the previous phases. Once this phase has been completed, the Development Phase and all work done within it, is frozen. Any further additions requested to be made to the project (or any other document/agreement developed during the project) at this point in the project life, will constitute a separate project, a separate price and a separate agreement. Work on another project started after the Development Phase will not begin until the current project is fully completed, accepted and paid for. During this phase our contact may fall to a minimum, consisting always, at least, of weekly and/or bi-weekly updates, and contact as the need may arise. You may expect to receive updates and needed contacts as they come up. This last phase of work is complex and involved, you will therefore hear from us only as needed, and within regular updates until the phase is completed.
*Rockware reserves the right to modify our usual work flow, described in detail above, as we see fit for the circumstances and/or complexity of each individual project; while the majority of the time this is not necessary, certain circumstances regarding your project may require us to do so.
Upon agreement for services to be performed, and at such time as a working relationship is established and Rockware IT is awarded the job, project or contract, the very first action to take place is the discovery phase. This is the phase in which investigation is made into the nature of the project, the needs of the project, the desired outcome of the project, the pricing plan of the project, the requirements of the project and the plan for completion of the project. This phase is extremely important and must take place before project work begins. Rockware IT requires any where from one to three telephone conversations to complete this phase, which can last anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes. Once this phase is complete, Rockware IT will deliver a copy of The Requirements for the project to the client, and the client will need to either sign and approve, or dispute any areas not agreed to, so proper changes can be made, as project can not commence until this approval has taken place. Until the discovery phase is complete, Rockware IT will require client’s total cooperation and communication in a timely manner (returning calls/emails, the same day).
In order for Rockware IT to perform all necessary tasks, there are certain types of information that must be received during the Discovery Phase of the project. These may include;
- Log In to existing website with administrative privileges
- FTP log in with root access/SSH root access
- All copy and original images/artwork for all content within website
- If ftp is not properly set up, or can not reasonably be retrieved, or for any reasonable circumstance, Rockware IT may deem it necessary to request a root log in for the main hosting control panel
- Specifications of the system the website is hosted on (OS, IP address, DNS Information, etc.)
- Database access, whether through phpMyAdmin or another client (depending on the way in which the database was originally set up, if remote access was not authorized, it may be necessary to request hosting control panel log in information in order to properly administer db maintenance)
- It may be necessary for Cpanel to be installed on the machine hosting your website, in order for the above mentioned credentials to be established. If this is in fact the case, Rockware IT can install and configure Cpanel for you, however this will be an additional charge (this will be discussed before the installation is initiated, and in most cases will incur a nominal fee of $50.00 in addition to contracted price)
- It may become necessary, for any number of reasons, for the client to authorize the hosting company to discuss the technical aspects of the account with Rockware IT, in which case we expect this authorization to be in place within 24 hours of our request for you to do so, in order to maintain a proper work flow and time constraints within both of our schedules
**Please note, if for any reason, any of the above, or any other necessary requested information, is not/can not reasonably be attained by Rockware IT, the project will not be able to progress, will begin to incur additional hourly charges, or be cancelled altogether.
Rockware IT requires 50% payment up front on all projects less than or equal to $1,000.00, and 25% payment up front on all projects greater than $1,000.00. For larger projects, those with a 25% up front payment, there will be two milestones following this retainer, Phase 1 and Phase 2. Upon completion of Phase 1(a mutually approved point) an additional 50% will be paid, then Phase 2 will encompass all aspects left on project, therefore completion of Phase 2 will be equal to the completion of the project, and will therefore warrant the remaining 25% payment. For smaller projects, after initial 50% payment up front, the next (Phase 1) payment will be at a mutually agreed upon point, and will be a 25% payment, while Phase 2, will be the last payment, made after integration is completed, and will be the remaining 25%. For any number of reasons, Rockware may request a customized payment schedule for specific projects, which may or may not follow these guidelines.
For all work client requests to be done outside scope of project (as laid out in the requirements) client will be charged the rate of $40.00 per hour (Rockware IT’s hourly rate). At the beginning of each week, every Monday, Rockware IT will hand over any time sheets needed to charge for any work requested outside of project requirements, billed at the hourly rate, along with an invoice, and payment will be due upon receipt.
When any Phases or milestones are completed, an invoice will be sent to client and will be due upon receipt. In order to maintain the most productive and resource rich work, we do kindly ask that all invoices be paid within 5 days of receipt.
Rockware IT outlines specific contact needs from client in the discovery phase section of this document. This section refers to all communication outside of that scope, after discovery is complete. Rockware IT is available to speak on the phone with client should the need arise, for a reasonable amount of time, and expects the same from client. Email communication is acceptable for documentation, sharing documents, updates, and the like, but Rockware IT requires client to be available for a phone conversation if challenges or planning specifically call for it as clarification, efficiency and time constraints may dictate. At any time within any contract entered into, Rockware IT reserves the right to terminate contract due to lack of cooperation from client, or client’s representative, without any further obligation.
Rockware IT has a very strict management policy for handling site development when other developers and/or site owners have log in access to the site during our development contract. As discussed here in our FAQ section , our procedure for handling this situation is as follows:
- Rockware will set up blocks of time for our staff, during which we will be the sole developer allowed into the site and all other log ins will be blocked.
- Before Rockware begins a particular block of time, the state of the site will be documented, and agreed upon by site owner.
- After we have made any/all edits for that block of time, the changes will be submitted for approval/acceptance by site owner.
- Once approval/acceptance of all changes made by Rockware has been granted by site owner, site back end will be unlocked and opened for development/log in by anyone other than Rockware.
Under no circumstances, whatsoever, will Rockware Staff perform any edits/changes/maintenance/development on a website, when any other person(s) have log in access available to them.
Rockware IT’s policy is to deal directly with our clients, or their employee delegates (referring only to delegates within the company we approved as such at the beginning of the contract). We will at no time allow third parties to offer any input into the project, unless these parties are disclosed before work is engaged, before a contractual agreement is reached and Rockware IT approves of each party. If contractual agreement is made with provision for third party input, Rockware IT requires name, contact information and position of all such parties at the beginning of the agreement. Allowing provision for third party input into the project will require a reevaluation of cost and timing, as these types of inclusions can increase the complexity and cost of the work.
Approval and Support
Rockware IT submits all works to client for approval before posting live as finished product. Rockware IT will address any issues client has with submitted work, however, re-writes and re-designs are limited to two sets per submission. Rockware IT is committed to customer satisfaction through-out the project completion process, however re-writes and re-designs must be kept reasonable in order to preserve time constraints, deadlines and work hours.
Monthly Support Plans
Rockware offers several support plans, all of which are subject to the following terms and conditions;
- Rockware will automatically bill the monthly amount on the one month (28 – 31 days) anniversary from the initial date of payment. Membership can be cancelled at any time, however, NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE ONCE THE NEW MONTH THRESH-HOLD HAS PASSED.
Upon acceptance of a written proposal and/or set of Technical Requirements, or hire through any other third party (e.g. Elance.com, UpWork.com) by Rockware IT for a project, contract, implied contract, verbal contract or agreed upon task assignment, all policies, terms and conditions contained within this website are fully accepted and agreed to. These Terms & Conditions are subject to change without notice.
Rockware takes the handling and protection of clients’ personal information very seriously. We do not spam, we do not send emails unless receipt of the emails has been specifically signed up for, WE DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, SHARE YOUR INFORMATION WITH ANY THIRD PARTIES. Due to the nature of our work, and the fact that we handle extremely sensitive data, we do not provide references (personal information (email, phone numbers, etc.) of our past clients) to prospective clients, unless we specifically notify the client by whom the reference is requested in writing that we respectfully request to do so and obtain the client’s written permission; this approval process is repeated for each individual reference request and clients are free to deny our request which we will always respect completely. For this reason, reference requests will only be considered in certain circumstances and then only if permission is first obtained from our past clients.
Rockware reserves the right to cancel services based on non-cooperation, untimely payment or terms violation at any time. If the agreement is cancelled during the project, by either Rockware, Client or due to contract violation by either party, any money given for the 1st Milestone is considered a deposit and is NONREFUNDABLE . In addition, any payments made by Client to Rockware, prior to the cancellation, are subject to be used by Rockware to cover all work hours completed and/or expenses incurred up until that point, regardless of whether or not work has been completed or delivered to Client, and Rockware will, at our sole discretion, decide if there is an amount due back to the client, minus our fees for work done to date, in regards to any payments made before the cancellation request.
Client represents and warrants to Rockware Interactive Technologies that Client is the legal owner of the Site to be worked on, built or edited, and has the right to grant access to all web pages necessary to perform the Services, and owns all materials of any kind provided for use under this Agreement and that Client has full right, title and interest to such Site and materials. Client represents and warrants that the Site and any materials provided shall be free of any claim of trade secret, trademark, trade name, copyright, or patent infringement or other violations of any intellectual property rights of any person.
Client shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless, Rockware Interactive Technologies, its officers, agents, employees, successors and assigns from and against any and all liability, damages, losses, claims, demands, actions, causes of action, and costs, including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses, arising out of any and all claims arising out of or related to the Services performed or to be performed under this Agreement including, but not limited to, claims that Rockware’s access or use of the Site or materials provided by Client infringes upon any trade secret, trademark, trade name, copyright, patent, or other intellectual property right.
Limitation Of Liability
ROCKWARE WILL NOT BE LIABLE to Client for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages whatsoever whether in contract, tort (including negligence) or strict liability including, but not limited to, loss of use of or under-utilization of labor or facilities, loss of revenue or anticipated profits, or claims from customers, resulting from ROCKWARE’s performance or nonperformance of its obligations under this Agreement, or in the event of suspension of the Services or termination of this Agreement. ROCKWARE’s AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO CLIENT UNDER THIS AGREEMENT for any and all claims SHALL NOT EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE FEES ACTUALLY PAID BY CLIENT AND RECEIVED BY DEVELOPER UNDER THIS AGREEMENT.
SOME STATES AND JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THIS LIMITATION AND EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO CLIENT. THE FOREGOING PROVISION SHALL BE ENFORCEABLE TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
Applicable Law, Jurisdiction & Severability:
This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the state of Georgia.
The parties submit all their disputes arising out of or in connection with this Agreement to the exclusive jurisdiction of the county in which Rockware IT is operating at the time the agreement and/or contract is created, currently the Courts of Dekalb County in the state of Georgia.
If any provision of this Agreement is held illegal or unenforceable in a judicial proceeding, or becomes illegal, invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, such provision shall be severed and shall be inoperative, and shall not affect:
- the validity or enforceability in that jurisdiction of any other provision of this Agreement; or
- the validity or enforceability in any and all other jurisdictions of that or any other provision of this Agreement.
The term ‘Rockware’, ‘Rockware IT’, ‘rockwareit.com’, ‘us’ or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website. The term ‘you’, ‘client’ or ‘user’ refers to the user or viewer of our website.
Use the website at your own risk. This website is provided to you “as is,” without warranty of any kind either express or implied. Neither Rockware IT nor its employees, agents, third-party information providers, merchants, licensors or the like warrant that the website or its operation will be accurate, reliable, uninterrupted or error-free. No agent or representative has the authority to create any warranty regarding the website on behalf of Rockware IT. Rockware IT reserves the right to change or discontinue at any time any aspect or feature of the website.
None of the material contained on the website may be reverse-engineered, disassembled, decompiled, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, translated into any language or computer language, retransmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photo reproduction, recordation or otherwise), resold or redistributed without the prior written consent of Rockware IT. Violation of this provision may result in severe civil and criminal penalties.