I did search the forums but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.
Here's what I want to do.
I would like to have my index page slightly different form all the other wp pages. The header, sidebar and footer would all be the same, but the content area would be replaced with the latest post from a number of categories with a few other static links. The layout within the content area would be more complicated than just a list of posts.
When a user selects a post this would appear in the content area on it's own (just like a normal wp installation).
So, essentially, the user would see three types of pages:
1. Index page (mix of static and wp dynamic content. SImilar to news.bbc.co.uk)
2. Normal post page (normal wp dynamic post page)
3. Static page (simple css/xhtml page)
All three would use the same header, footer and sidebar.
Would somebody be kind enough to explain how I can get this working.
I'm currently using 1.5 and everything will be in the root directory.