How much do you cost???? When will you be in SLC next???
I think that you are absolutely right. I have just never needed this kind of stuff before. So thanks for the help, and any suggestions are very welcomed here. It sounds like I need a team. Any ideas where to find one. I think that there is an "IT team" store just down the road. Do I want the red ones or the blue ones???
I am not a cheap date. :)
But let's discuss your IT team.
You can place an ad on craigslist. http://saltlakecity.craigslist.org/
They aren't uber expensive.
Craigslist uses an email coder to make your actual email address hidden.
Must be familiar with Linux, BSD environments.
DNS, FIREWALLS, SSH, APACHE, FTP, POP, SMTP, DOMAINS, NETWORKING, DHCP, and shell scripting. A minimum of three years experience.
resume to be sent in either pdf,rtf,odt,txt or doc.
Must be familiar with XHTML, PHP, JAVA, FLASH, and SQL.
Samples of work and references a must.
send price listings and examples to email@example.com
Now another recommendation is to get with a local Linux User Grouphttp://www.sllug.org/http://www.plug.org/
Many of them will have consultants. It is definitely a step in the right direction.
Now the notes if they send you resumes in doc format it is considered a weak sign no good server tech that uses a nix environment runs office as primary document writer.
For web designer if they tell you to put a large flash logo on the front page drop them like a hot potato. While flash is nice and has it's place taking up the entire front page is just a sign of poor quality.
You are going to need to write down in simple terms what you need to convey to customers, sales, office staff, foreman, and suppliers. Don't get elaborate 3-5 items max per group.
Drawn in sketch what you would like for your front page to look like. Discuss functions later. Talk to a local high school art program about using them to design the front web page. What a great real world assignment.
Have the artist work with the web designer to incorporate the design. Then go after the functions.
Now you will need me when you are ready to cable the new office building and you need the routers and switches and the phone system. And that will make the cost of the merger seem cheap.