Terms & Conditions
1. Website Members Monthly Packages Payment Plan
2. SEO & PPC Member Terms & Conditions
3. Maintenance Plan Terms & Conditions
4. Service Availability and Security
5. Variation Of Terms And Conditions
1.1 Contract commitment: Minimum contract period is 12 months for all website packages from completion of set-up of website after which a 1 calendar month notice period for cancellation is required in writing.
1.2 Payment Plan: HML provide monthly payment plans for 1. Website Set-up over 4 months and 2. Monthly ongoing support and advertising packages over 12 months.
1.3 Deposit: First set-up monthly instalments is required before the project begins. If the project is cancelled within 7 days, provided no work has commenced, the deposit will be refunded. After 7 days the deposit is non-refundable.
1.4 Monthly Payments: Payment must clear the HML bank account by the 17th of each month. Failure will result in a service suspension.
1.5 Invoice: You will be invoiced monthly in advance, payments are monthly on the 15th of each month.
1.6 Monthly Payment Plan: 12 Month contracts starts from when the first monthly payment following the set-up of the website is received. After the 12 months payment plan is completed your monthly payments continue on a monthly rolling contract until 1 calendar months notice to cancel is given in writing. Please refer to 1.11 for full cancellation terms.
1.7 Annual Escalation: Annual escalation of monthly ongoing fees may apply as HML discretion and you will notified 1 month in advance of any price increases.
1.8 Website Warranty: Your website is covered by a maintenance plan for 60 days from the day your website goes live. HML will fix any bug or website issue within this 60 day warranty period.
1.9 Maintenance: Once your website warranty period expires your monthly payment plan includes basic support. Any issues (bugs) identified on the website after your warranty period, will be rectified as part of your monthly plan. An extended maintenance plan can be discussed with your Account Manager.
1.10 Moving on: Should you wish to leave HML and move your website to another provider you have options. Subject to our permission and copyright transfer fee being paid upfront, you could copy and paste the content to your new providers website editor. Otherwise, we could package your website and move it to your new provider hosting space subject to an upfront minimum fee of £300+vat according to size of website, complexity and excludes domain fees. This is at HML's discretion. The fee is required to prepare and package your data, design theme copyright transfer and content files to hand-over to your new supplier. This does not include set-up within the new suppliers hosting or environment. As we provide bespoke solutions including editors, HML do not guarantee that new suppliers hosting or environment is compatible with HML. The website, it's content, design and database remains the property of HML until full payment has been received. Early settlement within the 12 month period requires all 12 monthly payments to be paid at the agreed upon rate before transfer. There is no discount for early settlement.
1.11 Cancellation Notice: After 12 months there is a 1 month notice period required when cancelling your website package with HML. Written notice must be emailed in before the 15th of the month. If notice is handed in on or after the 15th of the month, then it will only take effect the following month. For example, if you would like to cancel your website package and for it to take effect from the 1st July, then ensure that written notice is provided by the 14th June. If it is provided on or after the 15th June, then you will be charged for July. If you cancel your website package before your contract ends, an early settlement requires any 12 monthly payments remaining, must be paid at the agreed upon rate. There is no discount for early settlement.
1.12 Transferring your domain names away: Some of our packages include a free .co.uk domain name as part of these packages. If registered by HML the registrant and administrator will be owned by HML (UK) Limited to ensure we can manage your domain. As part of the cancellation procedures 1.10 and 1.11 above, you can request to transfer your domain to your new provider. At our discretion and if we accept your request we will charge a fee to cover the value and transfer cost of the domain to your chosen provider.
Please note: Cooling Off Period
Although a cooling off period only applies to consumers, not business customers, and we only deal with business customers, we do however provide 7 day cooling off period as referred to in 1.3.
Only consumers are eligible for a 14 day cooling off period for non-bespoke products. Bespoke products are anything that has been customised to the customer so cannot be sold. An example of such products that this applies to at HML (UK) Limited is Domain names. Due to their nature, this means that they are not refundable. Bespoke website design undertaken prior to cancelling, is another example of non refundable customised work.
2.1 Contract commitment: Minimum contract period for marketing membership packages is 12 months, unless otherwise stated in writing, after which a 1 calendar month notice period for cancellation is required in writing.
2.2 Monthly Payments: Payment must clear the HML bank account by the 17th of each month. Failure will result in a service suspension.
2.3 Invoice: You will be invoiced monthly in advance, payments are monthly.
2.4 Liability: HML are not liable in delict, contract, warranty or otherwise for any claim and / or any consequential and / or direct damage suffered by the customer or any third party which arises.
2.5 Authority: If HML does not own the domain and hosts the website such that it is hosted by a 3rd party, the customer hereby authorises HML access to their domain, hosting accounts, databases pertaining to the services rendered by the corporation where applicable, and to publish material to search engines and other directories without any liability.
2.5.1 For the purposes of receiving professional SEO services, the customer agrees to provide the following: Administrative/backend access to the website for analysis of content and structure. Permission to make changes for the purpose of optimisation, and to communicate directly with any third parties, such as your web designer. Unlimited access to existing website traffic statistics for analysis and tracking purposes.
2.5.2 HML has no control over the policies of search engines with respect to the type of sites and/or content that they accept now or in the future. The customer's website may be excluded from any directory or search engine at any time at the sole discretion of the search engine or directory.
2.5.3 Due to the competitiveness of some keywords/phrases, ongoing changes in search engine ranking algorithms, and other competitive factors, we do not guarantee positions or consistency of positions for any particular keyword, phrase, or search term.
2.5.4 Google has been known to hinder the rankings of new website pages until they have proven their viability to exist for more than a period of time. This is referred to as the "Google Sandbox." HML assumes no liability for ranking/traffic/indexing issues related to Google Sandbox penalties.
2.5.5 Occasionally, search engines will drop listings for no apparent or predictable reason. Often, the listing will reappear without any additional S E O. We assume no liability for such de-listings or listings.
2.5.6 Some search directories offer expedited listing services for a fee that is paid directory listings. If the customer wishes to engage in said expedited listing services, the customer is responsible for all paid for inclusion or expedited service fees.
2.5.7 Linking to "bad neighbourhoods" or getting links from "link farms" can seriously damage all S E O efforts. HML assumes no liability for the customer's choice to link to or obtain a link from any particular website without prior consultation. HML will never employ 'Black Hat' S E O techniques.
2.5.8 HML is not responsible for changes made to the website by other parties that adversely affect the search engine rankings of the customer's website.
2.5.9 HML is not responsible for the customer overwriting optimized S E O work to the customer's site.
2.6 For PPC Avertising we undertake to manage your PPC campaign as set out in the following procedures and inferred terms of business which you are agreeing to:
2.6.1 PPC Traffic
We evaluate your audience and potential of PPC advertising for your business and set an appropriate budget for the volume of traffic you might expect from a PPC campaign. After a reasonable period usually minimum of 3 months we review your advertising campaign and consult you. Your advertising budget is set by a variety of ongoing factors and we are always learning about the value of your market based on expense, characteristics and tactics necessary for success.
2.6.2 PPC Keyword Selection
We study the keywords that we agree would bring the right customers to your site. We put together a comprehensive list of related keywords and monitor their performance.
2.6.3 Advertising Costs
Our PPC advertising proposition consist of an all in price which is split as follows:
1. constructing the campaign, called set-up
2. monthly management fee nominally 40% of budget for campaigns up to £300+vat
We ensure our proposal is clear on what we are targeting and the schedule for ongoing reviews.
2.6.4 Building the Campaign
We utilise our learnings from studying your market, our experience in PPC as set out below:
Bids: PPC is essentially an auction for the right to appear in the top positions. We study your market to maximise the reach of your budget whilst reaching a compromise on position and price per click.
Adverts: We construct adverts that entice the audience you are chasing. We tap into their mind-set, reflect your brand values and the call the browser to take action.
PPC and Your Website: Our PPC campaign success also depends on your website so we study your website and advise you of any amendments we feel are necessary to convert our PPC audience.
Reviews, Reports and Meetings: We will provide monthly independent website reports, subject to use of analytics that conforms with Cookie regulation and some clients are supplemented by quarterly face to face reviews of the campaigns.
3.1 HML Lite includes basic maintenance and bug fixes outside the 60 day Warranty period and included in your monthly support package. An extended maintenance plan can be discussed with your Account Manager. This is called a maintenance retainer and can be used for any type of work with HML, including (but not limited to) bug fixing, website changes, enhancements, new pages, features and articles etc.
All maintenance retainer contracts are cheaper and are charged at £45+vat per hour. Standard charge is £60+vat per hour.
3.2 Unused hours will roll-over into the next month to be used for a maximum of one month rolling. Unused hours that have rolled over and remain unused in the next month will be lost.
3.2.1 At the end of each month we will provide you with an itemised breakdown of how the hours were used.
3.2.2 You will be invoiced monthly in advance and payments are monthly in arrears.
3.2.3 We work on a minimum retainer contract of 3 months with 1 months' notice. So if you took out the minimum number of months (i.e. 3) and then wanted to cancel your retainer contract, it would equate to 3 months + 1 months' notice = 4 months payments. After 3 months, the retainer will continue to roll month by month, with a 1 months' notice period in writing.
4.1 Whilst every effort is made to provide error free service to our members you understand and acknowledge that our services are not intended to be 100% error free because:
4.1.1 From time to time the Services may contain mistakes, be unavailable or may not be fully functional.
4.1.2 From time to time planned or required maintenance, repairs or updates, equipment failures, high volumes of internet traffic, interruption of telecommunications or digital transmissions links, network or system errors may occur.
4.1.3 Other factors.
4.2 We will try to minimise any disruption to your use of the Services, however, we do not promise that any Service will be provided on a continuous and uninterrupted basis, or that we will be able to correct any error that occurs in the Services. We will not be not liable for any interruptions to the Service availability or functionality, whether caused by an Event Outside Our Control or by anything else.
4.3 You should notify us if you notice any problems with the availability or functioning of the Services so that we can try to fix these problems.
4.4 We may temporarily suspend any Service at any time if we believe this is necessary:
4.4.1 To carry out essential maintenance to prevent or respond to hacking attempts, service attacks or other similar activities directed at our systems, or to deal with any other emergency technical issue.
4.4.2 If we have reason to believe that you are no longer using the Services or that the password and access codes we have provided to you are being misused, for example, where you fail to respond to emails from us or Our Representatives regarding your contact information; or
4.4.3 If suspension is required by a third party with authority, including any of Our Representatives, ICANN and judicial, regulatory or governmental bodies.
4.5 You agree that no data stored on or transmitted over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure although all information transmitted to us is stored in operating environments which we believe are within industry standards for security, you acknowledge. We are not responsible for any security breach or any interception or interruption of Your Content, Your Data or any communications that you send through your use of the Services.
4.6 You are responsible for securing and backing up your content and data as we accept no responsibility for your loss of data under any circumstances.
4.7 Our services are governed by a Fair Usage Policy (FUP).
4.7.1 We operate a Fair Usage Policy to ensure our hosting services and packages such as Unlimited eCommerce are used fairly and our services operate reliably for all customers.
4.7.2 With our unlimited products we do not impose an actual figure on what we consider to be “excessive” use as this is not necessarily helpful and may penalise users unfairly. What is deemed excessive will be determined by a number of factors including (but not limited to) the length of time which your excessive usage continues for, as well as the amount of resources being used.
4.7.3 If, in our reasonable opinion, you have breached this FUP, we will contact you by email to let you know that that your usage is excessive and is affecting HML (UK) Limited services/systems and/or other users. We reserve the right to impose reasonable limits to reduce your usage and/or advise on more suitable package or dedicated server option.
4.8 Service Technical provision and SLA, just click to open PDF Service Technical Specification Rev_June14.pdf
5.1 HML may change the conditions of the Contract at any time and will give the Customer notice of such changes at least 14 days before they take effect.
5.2 LAW The laws of England, Northern Ireland and Wales govern this Contract.
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6.2 Are cookies safe?
Yes. The information stored in cookies is safe and anonymous. They do not contain any information which could personally identify you and your account security is never compromised. You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org
6.3 Refusing cookies via web browser
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HML (UK) Limited
34 Technology Centre
Pencoed Technology Park
Registered Office: England & Wales
Company No. 04406471
General Enquiries: 01656 457458
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7.6 Limitation of Liability
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO NEGLIGENCE, WILL HML (UK) Ltd BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, OR THE INABILITY TO USE, THE MATERIALS ON hmlmarketing.co.uk and affiliated sites, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU BY HML (UK) Ltd FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE) EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU TO HML (UK) Ltd, IF ANY, FOR ACCESSING THE hmlmarketing.co.uk and affiliated sites.
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