Help me contract somebody to design a personal academic/faculty candidate website.
I am a wannabe career academic polishing up my research portfolio and preparing for the dreaded faculty job hunt. I would like to go into this with a well-designed and presented personal/academic website that will impress search and hiring committees while serving the functional role of providing information to potential collaborators, students, and others interested learning more about me and my work. I am hoping that the majority of the work will be in designing a beautiful "front end" for an existing CMS or blogging solution after a few discussions to define and elucidate my requirements.
A few more points:
* I need somebody to work through the requirements process with me. I can point to a few website designs that I like as well as where my information has been scattered around my current site and the web e.g. LinkedIn/Mendeley/Facebook/github/bitbucket/Google profiles, but I really need somebody to help me design a categorization system for where to put my stuff as well as an impressive landing page that highlights my active research collaborations. I am willing to pay for the elicitation of requirements, but I am not sure how to structure this.
* I have lots of UNIX and programming experience, as well as an 'unlimited' Virtual Hosting plan from Joyent (formerly Textdrive). I will need help with the design and potentially the install, but I intend to maintain the site myself.
* I have not yet set a budget, but I have about a 3 month time horizon.
* I live in Saudi Arabia, so it is likely that I will be working with somebody remotely.
Here are my main questions:
Academic hiring committees/faculty: What impresses you the most about faculty candidate web pages? What annoys you the most? How useful overall is a candidate's web page/site in helping them get hired? Does it matter if the site is hosted on a personal domain or at an academic institution?
Web developers/Sourcing staff: How do I start formulating a budget/contract/proposal to negotiate costs and pricing, particularly when I have not yet locked down my requirements? Are there rough guidelines to how much I should be expecting to pay, and how much of it should be paid up front vs. later?
Students/faculty: What personal academic websites have you found the most impressive/helpful?
Previous AskMetafilter question about selecting an academic CMS.
A really cool website linked from that question.
Another cool academic website.
My current page.