I'm not sure whether I should combine my questions or put them in separately. I'm going to err on the side of impulse and put them all here. Sorry if that's wrong.
What I'm designing is a town political committee site, managed by one person (me) only. Not a blog. I'm using WP as an informational CMS. I have very extensive hand coding experience in HTML, XHTML and CSS but pretty much none with PHP. OK. That's the background. Unless I've forgotten something important. <sigh> Wrong end of the day here.
I've just installed (via Fantastico) WP 1.5 - for the umptieth time. Each time, I've gotten frustrated by things I can't intuitively do but that's my own impatience and not really germane. I'm sticking with it and - tah dah - asking for help!
I have a very cool header (IMHO of course) that I want to use in place of the Kubrick header.jpg. It works beautifully except of course the site name and slogan appear on top of it. I can eliminate them by removing the H1 and description code but then I have no home link. Which is also OK if I can solve the next issue.
I'd much rather have a side menu with 'home' at the top than the header link - most non-CMS folk don't realize they should link on the header to get back to the index and I'd rather a more obvious link.
Next, I don't want the comments or posted line below my content. I found a reference to removing it from 1.2 but haven't been able to solve it in 1.5. You can see from my mockup how I don't want anything under the content.
Oh! And I'd just as soon the topic line not be linked.
Here's the actual site (just starting it): http://www.godems.org/
I'm going to eliminate the categories links. But I want to make some pages and link to them directly, specifically the contact page and the about us page. Can I do this once I get the menu how-to solved?
I love the Kubrick theme. I might make it a tad wider as I add content but that's not a problem. I have the graphic in layers and have already played with it in half dozen different CMS attempts. :( Sheesh. Gotta learn to ask.
Anyway, if anyone knows of a template set that already accomplishes the non-blog type of site, I'd be very cool adapting it back to Kubrick. It's back to that comfortable with CSS bit...
Anyway, thanks for any help and if this would be better in pieces, please let me know and I'll post them individually.
PS I've just gotten the O'Reilly PHP book and am trying to learn as I go. Not working wonderfully because jobs and families and life keeps getting in the way. But I am trying to work toward PHP independence. :)