I currently have a website with a blog, but I'm using forum software to create the blog by piping topics from one of the forum categories to the front page. Needless to say, this is very clunky, and I'd like to switch to purpose-built blog software.
The only problem is, I want to integrate my blog into my existing site and not have side menus and calenders that I can't remove. If I switch to WordPress, do I get to pick what gets included on my front page, or am I stuck with how it looks?
Also, can I install WordPress in a subdirectory, or does it need to be on the web root?