I got someone to do my blog makeover, before I started getting into web design, and although I’m not really good (yet!), I wanted to do another blog makeover, slightly changing their design and changing their coding. (Basically using their coding as a template.)
1. Is that legal?Anonymous
2. Would I be stepping on their toes if I did that?
3. If I did change their coding, how would I give them the appropriate credit on the blog?
Hiya! This can vary from designer to designer. It depends on what kind of rights/license you have after purchasing the design. For example:
When you purchase a custom design from someone, it is common that you do not get the copyrights to the design; they belong to the designer. Instead, you get a license to use and display the design. However, there’s often a clause in the terms/contract that says something like:
You do not have the right to modify, change, or edit the design files.
This means you cannot edit or change the core design files. So using the code as a template and changing the graphics would be in violation of those terms and the designer could sue you if they wanted.
Designers usually put this clause in there because if they didn’t, they would create a work, put it in their portfolio, then the client may choose to edit it and royally screw it up, but the designer’s name would be at the bottom and it would be bad publicity for the designer! It would look like the designer is the one who screwed it up.
However, each designer has different terms, so the best way to find out would be to email them directly and ask. Some designers may be perfectly okay with it.
If you are able to do it, the best way to give credit would be in the footer and/or sidebar. You could add a snippet that says:
Graphics by me, coding by [original designer]
Be sure to include a link to their website as well!