WordPress Maintenance & Security

https://www.ronpiper.com.au/wordpress-maintenance-security/

This Maintenance Agreement (“Agreement”) is hereby entered into between you, your employees and agents (collectively “Customer”) and applies to the purchase of all Monthly Website Maintenance Services (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Maintenance Services”) ordered by Customer.

  1. Term and Termination– This Agreement shall be effective as of the time frame Customer signs up for Maintenance Services. This Agreement may be terminated by either party upon written notice to the other.
  2. Maintenance Services– Ron Piper agrees to provide Customer with Maintenance Services as described in this Agreement. Maintenance Services include:
    • Consulting with Customer on questions and solutions relating to the Customer’s website or digital presence.
    • Weekly file and database backups for Customer’s website.
    • Upgrades to Customer’s content management system, including plugins and themes.
    • Monitoring, scanning and removal of malware, spam and malicious code from Customer’s website.
    • Monitoring site uptime and speed for Customer’s website.
  1. Additional Services– Additional services not listed above may incur a fee of $90.00 per hour (exc. GST). These include but are not limited to changes relating to site re-design or content changes and updates such as updating text, image editing, programming and search engine optimisation.  Additional services can be paid for by purchasing additional monthly support hours, or can be quoted and invoiced on an ad-hoc basis.
  2. Fees; Limitations on Refunds and Cancellation Fees– Customer agrees to pay Ron Piper any and all fee(s) as billed in accordance with this Agreement. The fee(s) must be received prior to the start of any Maintenance Services. THE CUSTOMER FURTHER AGREES THAT, IN THE EVENT OF ANY TERMINATION OF THIS AGREEMENT BY CUSTOMER, NO REFUNDS SHALL BE GIVEN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER. THE CUSTOMER FURTHER AGREES TO PAY UPON CANCELLATION THE AMOUNTS DUE TO RON PIPER AS PROVIDED IN THE AGREEMENT. RON PIPER IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO CHARGE CUSTOMER’S CREDIT CARD ACCOUNT OR OTHER PAYMENT MECHANISM FOR ANY AMOUNTS OWED FROM TIME TO TIME BY CUSTOMER TO RON PIPER.
  3. Customer Responsibilities– For the purposes of providing these services, Customer agrees:
    • To provide Ron Piper with access to its web sites for making changes and for the purpose of providing Maintenance Services.
    • To properly convey to Ron Piper the information that needs to be changed or added.
  1. Customer Acknowledgements– Customer understands, acknowledges and agrees that:
    • Aside from all the regular maintenance activities performed on Customer’s website (backup, upgrades, malware scanning & removal, monitoring), only one (1) hour of time for consulting and other minor requests is allowed per month.
    • Any work requested by Customer that falls outside of the regular maintenance activities or exceeds one (1) hour will be treated as Additional Services.
    • Ron Piper has no control over the policies of search engines or directories with respect to the type of sites and/or content that they accept now or in the future. Customer’s web site(s) may be excluded from any search engine or directory at any time at the sole discretion of the search engine or directory entity.
    • If Customer purchases additional monthly support hours, unused time may be transferred from month to month at Ron Piper’s discretion.
    • Ron Piper is not responsible for rewriting sentences, restructuring paragraphs, or checking for typing errors, misspellings, etc.
    • Ron Piper is not responsible for changes made to Customer’s web site(s) by other parties.
    • Ron Piper is not responsible for third-party plugins that may become unusable as a result of Maintenance Services performed.
    • Recovery or repair of Customer’s website is not guaranteed.
    • Availability of backups is not guaranteed.
  1. Indemnification– Customer shall indemnify and hold harmless Ron Piper (and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, co-branders or other partners, and employees) from any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and all related costs and expenses) incurred by Ron Piper as a result of any claim, judgment, or adjudication against Ron Piper related to or arising from (a) any photographs, illustrations, graphics, audio clips, video clips, text, data or any other information, content, display, or material (whether written, graphic, sound, or otherwise) provided by Customer to Ron Piper (the “Customer Content”), or (b) a claim that Ron Piper’s use of the Customer Content infringes the intellectual property rights of a third party. To qualify for such defense and payment, Ron Piper must: (i) give Customer prompt written notice of a claim; and (ii) allow Customer to control, and fully cooperate with Customer in, the defense and all related negotiations.
  2. Disclaimer of All Other Warranties– RON PIPER DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE MAINTENANCE SERVICES WILL MEET THE CUSTOMER’S EXPECTATIONS OR REQUIREMENTS. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE IS WITH CUSTOMER. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN THIS AGREEMENT, RON PIPER PROVIDES ITS SERVICES “AS IS” AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. THE PARTIES AGREE THAT (A) THE LIMITED WARRANTIES SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION ARE THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE WARRANTIES PROVIDED BY EACH PARTY, AND (B) EACH PARTY DISCLAIMS ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT, PERFORMANCE OR INABILITY TO PERFORM UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, THE CONTENT, AND EACH PARTY’S COMPUTING AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM. IF ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL, VOID, OR FOR ANY REASON UNENFORCEABLE, THEN THAT PROVISION SHALL BE DEEMED SEVERABLE FROM THIS AGREEMENT AND SHALL NOT AFFECT THE VALIDITY AND ENFORCEABILITY OF ANY REMAINING PROVISIONS.
  3. Limited Liability– IN NO EVENT SHALL RON PIPER BE LIABLE TO CUSTOMER FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARISING FROM COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE, LOST PROFITS, WHETHER OR NOT FORESEEABLE OR ALLEGED TO BE BASED ON BREACH OF WARRANTY, CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR STRICT LIABILITY, ARISING UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, LOSS OF DATA, OR ANY PERFORMANCE UNDER THIS AGREEMENT, EVEN IF SUCH PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES AND NOTWITHSTANDING THE FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY PROVIDED HEREIN. THERE SHALL BE NO REFUNDS. RON PIPER MAKES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH REGARD TO ANY THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS, THIRD PARTY CONTENT OR ANY SOFTWARE, EQUIPMENT, OR HARDWARE OBTAINED FROM THIRD PARTIES.
  4. Customer Representations– Customer makes the following representations and warranties for the benefit of Ron Piper:
    • Customer represents to Ron Piper and unconditionally guarantees that any elements of text, graphics, photos, designs, trademarks, or other artwork furnished to Ron Piper are owned by Customer, or that Customer has permission from the rightful owner to use each of these elements, and will hold harmless, protect, and defend Ron Piper and its subcontractors from any claim or suit arising from the use of such elements furnished by Customer.
    • Customer guarantees any elements of text, graphics, photos, designs, trademarks, or other artwork provided to Ron Piper for inclusion on the website above are owned by Customer, or that Customer has received permission from the rightful owner(s) to use each of the elements, and will hold harmless, protect, and permission from the rightful owner(s) to use each of the elements, and will hold harmless, protect, and defend Ron Piper and its subcontractors from any liability or suit arising from the use of such elements.
    • From time to time governments enact laws and levy taxes and tariffs affecting Internet electronic commerce. Customer agrees that the client is solely responsible for complying with such laws, taxes, and tariffs, and will hold harmless, protect, and defend Ron Piper and its subcontractors from any claim, suit, penalty, tax, or tariff arising from Customer’s exercise of Internet electronic commerce.
  1. Confidentiality– The parties agree to hold each other’s Proprietary or Confidential Information in strict confidence. “Proprietary or Confidential Information” shall include, but is not limited to, written or oral contracts, trade secrets, know-how, business methods, business policies, memoranda, reports, records, computer retained information, notes, or financial information. Proprietary or Confidential Information shall not include any information which: (i) is or becomes generally known to the public by any means other than a breach of the obligations of the receiving party; (ii) was previously known to the receiving party or rightly received by the receiving party from a third party; (iii) is independently developed by the receiving party; or (iv) is subject to disclosure under court order or other lawful process. The parties agree not to make each other’s Proprietary or Confidential Information available in any form to any third party or to use each other’s Proprietary or Confidential Information for any purpose other than as specified in this Agreement. Each party’s proprietary or confidential information shall remain the sole and exclusive property of that party. The parties agree that in the event of use or disclosure by the other party other than as specifically provided for in this Agreement, the non-disclosing party may be entitled to equitable relief. Notwithstanding termination or expiration of this Agreement, Ron Piper and Customer acknowledge and agree that their obligations of confidentiality with respect to Proprietary or Confidential Information shall continue in effect for a total period of three (3) years from the effective date.
  2. Force Majeure– Neither party will be liable for, or will be considered to be in breach of or default under this Agreement on account of, any delay or failure to perform as required by this Agreement as a result of any causes or conditions that are beyond such Party’s reasonable control and that such Party is unable to overcome through the exercise of commercially reasonable diligence. If any force majeure event occurs, the affected Party will give prompt written notice to the other Party and will use commercially reasonable efforts to minimize the impact of the event.
  3. Relationship of Parties– Ron Piper, in rendering performance under this Agreement, shall be deemed an independent contractor and nothing contained herein shall constitute this arrangement to be employment, a joint venture, or a partnership. Customer does not undertake by this Agreement, or otherwise, to perform any obligation of Ron Piper, whether by regulation or contract. In no way is Ron Piper to be construed as the agent or to be acting as the agent of Customer in any respect, any other provisions of this Agreement notwithstanding.
  4. Jurisdiction/Disputes– This agreement is governed by, and is to be construed and take effect in accordance with, the laws of Victoria. Each party irrevocably and unconditionally submits to the non exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Victoria.
  5. Agreement Binding on Successors– The provisions of the Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the Parties hereto, their heirs, administrators, successors and assigns.
  6. Assignability– Customer may not assign this Agreement or the rights and obligations thereunder to any third party without the prior express written approval of Ron Piper. Ron Piper reserves the right to assign subcontractors as needed to this project to ensure on-time completion.
  7. Waiver– No waiver by either party of any default shall be deemed as a waiver of prior or subsequent default of the same of other provisions of this Agreement.
  8. Severability– If any term, clause or provision hereof is held invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the validity or operation of any other term, clause or provision and such invalid term, clause or provision shall be deemed to be severed from the Agreement.
  9. No Inference Against Author– No provision of this Agreement shall be interpreted against any Party because such Party or its legal representative drafted such provision.
  10. Disputes– Customer and Ron Piper agree to make a good-faith effort to resolve any disagreement arising out of, or in connection with, this Agreement through negotiation. Should the parties fail to resolve any such disagreement within ten (10) days, any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, including, without limitation, the interpretation or breach thereof, shall be submitted by either party to arbitration in Victoria and in accordance with the ACICA Arbitration Rules. The written decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding and enforceable in any court having jurisdiction over the parties and the subject matter of the arbitration. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this Section shall not preclude either party from seeking temporary, provisional, or injunctive relief from any court.
  11. Read and Understood– Each Party acknowledges that it has read and understands this Agreement and agrees to be bound by its terms and conditions.