I have 6 parent categories, each with 4 - 6 sub-categories. I would like visitors to click on any of them in the Nav and come to a page which has the latest post in that category shown with image post down to the <!--more-->.
The rest of the posts in excerpts and paged after 8 or so.
I want unique sidebars for each of the parent categories, with recent posts, recent comments, authors for that parent.
I don't want to make 6 category pages, unless I have to.
Can anyone set me off in a good direction.