Terms Of Use

Terms of Service Agreement

For customers utilizing website hosting, website development, or other services provided by Empress Web Designer / Empress Webmaster

Following are terms of services for website hosting, domain registration, and website development services provided by Empress Web Designer  (“Empress Webmaster”). The customer shall provide a billing address and any other information necessary for Empress Web Designer to maintain website hosting and registration services. Any information not provided at sign-up will be requested by Empress Web Designer and provided by the customer. Signature on our order form, or submission of an online order for service, indicates agreement to these terms of service.

1. Website Hosting Payment Terms: Billing for website hosting service will commence when the website hosting service is created, prior to the development of a new website project. Website hosting services are invoiced annually. Termination of Website Hosting Services with Empress Web Designer requires a 30-day advance notification via phone, e-mail, or postal mail. If a customer chooses to activate their domain name through Empress Web Designer, their domain name registration will expire with their hosting service. Empress Web Designer reserves the right to change the rates by notifying customers 60 days in advance of the effective date of the change. Empress Web Designer reserves the right to cancel hosting service at any time.

2. Website Hosting Pre-Payment Terms: Empress web Designer may offer a discount for paying an entire year of hosting service upfront. Refunds will not be issued in the case that a customer cancels their hosting service before the period they have pre-paid for.

3. Payment Terms Website Development: A. Custom Website Development: Empress Web Designer requires a minimum of 50% down payment on all custom website development and design services. Due to the nature of our service, Down payment on website development is non-refundable. You have pay for our time and skill. The final balance is due on the day of completion of the website development project. If Empress Web Designer is developing a website that is not also hosted by Empress Web Designer, final payment for the project must be received prior to project launch or relinquishing ownership to the customer. Should a development project span more than 30 days, the customer will receive progress billing in the amount of at least 25% of the remaining balance each month, beginning on day 15 of development. Ongoing website maintenance and updates are billed on the 1st calendar day of the following month.

B. Semi-Custom Website Development: Empress Web Designer requires the first month for semi-custom website subscription services, and full payment for any add-ons, upon order completion and prior to development. Monthly service will be billed on the first day of each calendar month, for as long as the service remains active.

4. General Payment Terms: Payment is due 10 days after the date of an invoice for all services. Accounts are in default if payment is not received 15 days after the invoice date. If a customer pays by check that does not clear, the customer is immediately in default and subject to a returned check charge of $35. Accounts unpaid 30 days after the date of invoice will be subject to service interruption. Such interruption does not relieve you from the obligation to pay the monthly charge. Accounts in default are subject to an interest charge of $10.00 or 2.5% per month on the outstanding balance, whichever is greater. If your state law does not allow an interest rate of 2.5% per month, the maximum allowable rate for your state will be charged. If you default, you agree to pay Empress Web Designer its reasonable expenses, including attorney and collection agency fees, incurred in enforcing its rights under these Terms and Conditions.

5. Content Responsibilities: The customer is responsible for all content posted or stored on their web hosting space. Empress Web Designer exercises no control over the content or information contained on the servers used for hosting. Empress Web Designer will not be responsible for any direct, indirect, or consequential damages which may result from the use of this service by its customers or any other related or unrelated third parties. Empress Web Designer is not responsible for backing up data or recovering data in case of loss on the customer’s behalf. There are no warranties expressed or implied for the services Empress Web Designer provides or the software used by the customer.

6. Service Interruptions: Empress Web Designer is not responsible for interruptions of service beyond its control. This includes interruptions by its suppliers and natural disasters.

7. Account Credentials: The customer agrees to keep all user IDs and access codes/passwords confidential. Sharing of account information and passwords is strictly forbidden. If a customer believes that his user ID or password has been compromised, the customer agrees to contact Iceberg immediately via e-mail or telephone.

8. Governing Laws: Empress Web Designer’s corporate office is located in Linda, California. This agreement will be performed in and governed by the laws of the State of California. Any claims or legal action arising out of this Service Agreement must be instituted within one year after the claim or cause has arisen. Empress Web Designer reserves the right to discontinue service for violation of any of the conditions of this service agreement.

All claims, disputes, and controversies arising out of or in relation to the performance, interpretation, application, or enforcement of this agreement, including but not limited to breach thereof, shall be referred to mediation before, and as a condition precedent to, the initiation of any adjudicative action or proceeding, including arbitration.

9. Third-Party Networks: Any access to other networks connected to Empress Web Designer’s network must comply with the rules appropriate for that other network.

10. Disk Storage and Bandwidth: Empress Web Designer will monitor the customer’s current disk storage and bandwidth. If usage exceeds the amount registered for, Empress Web Designer will contact the customer in an attempt to make an arrangement for additional resources. If the customer does not respond or is unable to be reached, Empress Web Designer shall have the right to take corrective actions for exceeding resources. Such actions may include assessing additional charges, increasing the service plan, temporarily discontinuing services, or terminating the current agreement. If the customer feels that more disk storage is required, it is the customer’s responsibility to contact Empress Web Designer (support@stephanisej16.sg-host.com or 757-818-8272) to discuss options for increased disk storage.

11. Content and Terms of Use: All services provided by Empress Web Designer may be used only in accordance with the law. Storage, documentation, transmission, or presentation of information or data that violates US Federal, State, or City law is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted or plagiarized material, racist or threatening material, material that is obscene, pornography, “adult only” content, or material protected by other statutes.

Empress Web Designer prohibits website hosting customers from participating in pirating unlicensed software, pirating mp3 files, listing hacker programs or archives, hosting warez websites, pornography. The customer agrees to indemnify and hold Empress Web Designer harmless from any claims resulting from his/her use of Empress Web Designer’s services that damage the customer or another party. Use of Empress Web Designer’s web hosting and e-mail Services to send Unsolicited Commercial E-mail (UCE or “SPAM”) is strictly prohibited and may be cause for immediate account termination. The customer agrees to pay Iceberg any reasonable expenses, including attorney and system administration fees, incurred in responding to complaints and damages caused by the action of sending Unsolicited Commercial E-mail.

12. Adherence to Proposal: It is the responsibility of the customer to review in full all proposals for website development, website design, and other services provided by Empress Web Designer. Should services or resources fall above the scope of the original proposal, Empress Web Designer reserves the right to either refuse project add-ons or invoice appropriately to account for additional time and materials needed. Payment for add-ons that fall above the scope of the original project is due prior to development or net 15 days, at Empress Web Designer’s discretion.

13. Project Timeline: It is the responsibility of the customer to review the project timeline and adhere to the dates for deliverables on their part. Failure to meet deadlines imposed by Empress Web Designer will result in the delay of the project, or risk putting the project on hold. Empress Web Designer may invoice customers for additional resources should the delay of a project interrupt Empress Web Designer’s workflow. Indefinite delay of a project may result in project termination, and a new development agreement must be reached prior to restarting the project. Down payments for services are non-refundable, and will not be returned to the customer should a project be delayed or terminated as a result of the customer failing to adhere to the project timeline.

14. Administrative Access: To prevent malware installation on our servers, full administrative access to a WordPress installation on Empress Web Designer’s hosting services will not be granted to customers. Customers may request access to specific features of a website, and access may be granted at Empress Web Designer’s discretion.

15. Website Copyright: Custom Websites: The copyright on a custom website is transferred to the website purchaser after full payment has been received for the website. If copyright transfer has been processed, customers may receive a full backup of their website upon cancellation. This backup will include the entire file structure in a .zip file and, if applicable, an SQL file containing the MySQL database dump.

16. Website turnaround: We deliver all our customized design orders via e-mail within 5 to 7 days of receiving your order. We offer a RUSH DELIVERY  for an extra fee. You have 48 Hrs to review your website and contact us for revision.

17. Website Go Live and Access: Should customers request changes beyond what was agreed to in the original proposal, Empress Web Designer may complete these changes at additional cost. Once a project is considered complete, the customer has one business week to launch the website or provide Empress Web Designer with the credentials necessary to bring the website live. Failure to launch a website within one week of completion of the project may delay the go-live date and may incur additional expenses at Iceberg’s discretion. Once a project is complete, all changes requested will fall under Empress Web Designer’s standard website maintenance schedule. Account access to the website and written or verbal training, as agreed to in the initial proposal, will be granted only after final payment for the project is received by Empress Web Designer.

18. Termination/Cancellation Policy: Empress Web Designer requires a 10-day notice prior to canceling a project. For Business Website Solutions, where the cost of development is broken down into monthly payments rather than an upfront development charge, a one-year minimum contract is required. If service is canceled early, the final balance on the remaining months of service is due. Two years of consecutive service must be paid for copyright release, or to receive a copy of your website files or an administrative login. Upon cancellation, you will be sent a bill with your final balance (up to 15 days after notification) after your cancellation request. At the time of cancellation, all website files, email accounts, and e-mails will be deleted from our server; you are responsible for requesting a backup of these files should you need them for future u

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