We have just issued a WordPress Theme Development RFP, and would be happy if any of you would like to pass the links on to any WordPress developers you have worked with recently on higher ed projects and would recommend. (Or feel free to respond yourself, if you are with a development shop.)
The RFP submission process for proponents is pretty streamlined, as we did not want to bog developers down in proposal writing:
Please feel free to circulate the RFP to expereinced WordPress developers you feel would be a good fit.
Just as a follow-up, we completed the RFP project and have selected a proponent from the pool of seven applicants.
One interesting challenge of this RFP process was finding a development-focused shop... most respondents were design/development, and some had difficulty with the lack of a design component on this project.
Another, perhaps related, surprise for me was that respondents often had difficulty separating theme from content. Most samples were pretty highly entangled with content-specific code in the functions.php file or extensive use of a project-specific plugin. It appears that abstracting content from form is not really as easy as it might first appear, especially with regards to menus and information architecture.
We are looking forward to working with the successful proponent, and I'll share the results here on uwebd as issues arise and are resolved.
Thanks very much for the update, Dan. I had a look at your RFP a while ago and wondered how your search went. I hope to be able to contact you off-list at some point for a few specifics as we're looking to do something similar.