I'm new to WP, have been going through the codex--in circles.
I have a site (with multiple blogs) laid out in my mind, and have a dummy of the home page in a pdf file made from a page layout program.
Translating this into WordPress (the first time) looks incredibly complicated and time consuming. (I guess I'M the dummy.)
For starters, I don't see any themes that look like the home page layout I want. I mean I've got a banner graphic with a line of text above and below it, and then 3 columns of unequal width: Left is relatively unchanging, with each subhead having a couple of sentences that continue on separate pages (blogs or comment pages) linked by a "read more" (from the left column paragraphs on the home page); Middle column is the main blog (except for some permanent items in boxes which remain in place as the blog moves down with each new post. Right column is misc and ads. I've got a color plan chosen.
Actually it doesn't feel as though the codex is taking me in circles. It's more like a labyrinth.
How do I begin?
And then what?