I posted in the installation forum last night for help on installing WordPress. This is the first time I've ever tried to install a blog at all, but I managed to figure it out with some help. :-)
Anyway, now I'm concerned about the actual layout of WP. I've seen people make incredible layouts that incorporate their WP blog into the rest of their site, so I'm hoping to do the same. I do have some knowledge of CSS since I do use it on my personal site. I've also been introduced to PHP and managed to convert my site to PHP thanks to a tutorial a friend of mine typed out to help. However, I guess the PHP/coding that WP uses is very advanced, at least for me. I was looking through some of the files, like index.php, and I'm afraid if I delete certain lines, it'll "break" the whole program and it won't work anymore. lol.
So I'm just wondering...what files are we allowed to edit? And is there a way that I could add a bit of code on the index.php page that includes the .inc files I made for my other PHP pages (like header.inc, menu.inc)? My .inc files contain the basic layout structure for my site...
Also, is there a way I can get rid of the calendar and the other functions on the side-bar that the index.php page has? I was going to try working on the wp.php file as it's just the plain version of my blog, but I noticed that when I clicked on the "comments" link to view the comments, it took me back to the index.php layout.
If it helps, here's the main page to my website where I want to incorporate my blog: http://www.nostalgia101.com/main.php
The way I'd want it set up is to have the top graphic and the menu bar on the side be the same, and just have the blog function in the main content area, where "JANUARY 25, 2004" and all the other content below that resides.