I have done some tweaking over time and finally brought my site to look the way I want it so I'm ready to show it off!
These are some important plugins in use:
- Site layout customizer - using this plugin to basically format the main page, giving a "top story" headline, then the 3 different main categories below, followed by the next posts from any category below.
- Page links to - makes the top level display a page, in this case the page is the one with the previous plugin's shortcode.
- StatPressV - a.k.a. "Statpress Visitors" - previously I used StatSurfer, but this is more like a full-featured version of it. Same developer.
There's a few other plugins I use as well, like adsense and sharing widgets. Suggestions and feedback are very welcome! Even down to "you should use 15px padding instead of 25px here."