I am in charge of the website for a City Government and we are in the market for a complete redesign. I have decent drupal experience and have done lots of research about Drupal on government sites and I have analyzed my requirements enough to determine that I think I should be hiring a developer to come in and execute this project rather than hire a job shop firm. I made this determination because I have extensive experience in Business Analysis and enough experience with Drupal that I can pretty much guide a good developer through executing this project. I would want this developer to come in and use an Acquia Dev Cloud model as the hosting environment and I would go with Drupal 7 because of the availability of modules that are running stable on 7. I chose DevCloud because I want managed, optimized Drupal hosting that I don't have to worry about patches and such. We are not a big IT shop so the most of the tech stuff I can offload the better. I think an experienced Developer can help me in the areas of Drupal that I'm weak on due to a lack of experience such as user access, taxonomy and views. I know these are going to play heavy in my site and I also know not setting them up correct in the beginning can mean trouble. Here is where I need advice.
- Any thoughts about my choice of Acquia DevCloud and Drupal 7?
- What is the best resource for finding a single developer who would be willing to come to my office and work on this for a given period of time (Boston area)?
- For budget purposes, I know what I have to spend. Will an individual developer be willing to work on a whole project cost basis or will likely only work hourly?
- Any suggestions on writing a contract for this type of job?