Web consultants fall into two general categories: those that assist in designing the site and those that provide a server computer to host the site. Developing a Web site may require the negotiation of two agreements: a design agreement and a host agreement.
A design agreement focuses on the creation and design of content for the site and the translation of that content into a viewable Web page. A host agreement concerns the maintenance and operation of the Web site once the Web site is installed on a host server computer.
During initial discussions with a potential designer, the owner of the site may disclose confidential, proprietary business information. To ensure that this information is not put to an unauthorized use or disclosed to unnecessary third parties, the designer should be required to sign a confidentiality/nondisclosure agreement. The attached form is a sample of such an agreement.