OK, so I have no doubt that there are plenty of honest and capable people at MadWire, or MadWireMedia, or MadWire 360 or whatever.
But there are some things you should be aware of before signing a contract with them. I’m writing this because in searching for anything negative about Madwire, I’ve found that they have completely bombed google. And meanwhile, they are buying Pay Per Click Ads like nobody’s business, so it’s really hard to see through their promotional efforts, which I must admit, are pretty thorough. But such a substantial publicity push serves as what is essentially a reality distortion field for you and me–The kind that would make us think that Godaddy is actually the best choice for shared Linux hosting, which I think most developers would agree, it isn’t.
So here’s the thing I want to warn you about. It is quite possible, in my opinion, according to what I’ve seen, that if you do not carefully negotiate your contract with Madwire, you will find yourself locked into a perpetual hosting agreement in the ballpark of $50/month.
The Design work you hired them to do, they (or their legal representation) will claim is their intellectual property. So you can walk away from a hosting agreement that’s about 8-10 times more expensive than it should be, and have nothing, or continue to throw an unnecessary $30=$40 or more dollars into the wind every month, essentially FOREVER.
In other words, what someone I know was lead to sign off on, according to someone at Madwire or claiming to legally represent them, was not Work-for-hire.
Good Web Developers (I include myself in this category, thank you) working for individuals and small organizations understand that the client is best suited if they always have as many options as possible. Those options necessarily include the ability to hire someone else at any time and/or do other things with the hosting they are paying for.
- whenever possible, use non-proprietary code such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Concrete5 Etc (making easier to hire from a pool of other developers out there)
- The Client should own their own Domain Registration
- The Client should own their own Hosting Account.
- All design work should be work-for-hire. Ownership of the design needs to be the client’s
- All build work should be work-for-hire.
My understanding is, according at least to one contract I know of with Madwire, their model is that you “rent” their design and development work, contingent on whether or not you continue to pay them way too much every month for hosting that you do not actually have the freedom to use.
And if you want out? Well, as far as I know, they will then want to be paid off for the release of rights to what should have been work for hire in the first place.
So please, take these things into consideration before hiring Madwire or anyone else including ongoing hosting charges as part of the proposal.