My apologies, I may not be asking this right, and that's why I'm not finding a previous answer.
However, I have a Build I'm working on (not near done), and the intent is to have the home page custom as is, perfect, then to have the News page just have a list of recent posts that's dynamic.
This is where my newbie comes in -- at first I attempted to make a 'page' and write code in the loop similar to the index.php page to accomplish this -- apparently not, as the 'page' content will always override.
Next I figured I'd make a duplicate of the index.php and remove all the extras, customize it like I would a standar issue html/php page to just have the recent posts and the sidebar, etc. as needed... but how would I do that and place it in the theme folder... it wouldn't give me a direct URL then.
So I pretty much want a dynamic page that isn't a customizable 'page', but I have no idea how to call it's URL if it's in the theme's folder. I can't very well make an 'news.php' and all of a sudden have http://www.yoursiteurl.com/news.php, it wouldn't work -- unless I'm missing something? Please enlighten:) Thank you!