I'm a web designer used to work with Dot Net Nuke CMS before i decide to switch to wordpress. with all do respect to all the documentations and videos allover the web but am getting so confused working with WP themes and plugins which directs me to ask for some help right here with wordpress advanced users & developers.
well to make this clear, am designing a website which requires me to create a theme from scratch. i need to place a slideshow below the header which includes a horizontal navigation menu then add my data as posts into the content area as well as sidebar. the rest of the website will have the same design except the slideshow which is only in the home page or the front page. as an example look at this website http://www.lushconcepts.com
just for the record that i plan to use a slideshow plugin instead of using flash.
my question is: i got some tutorials of how transforming the html template to a wordpress with index, header, side bar & footer php files as well as creating the css, but the point is how should i deal with the slideshow area in order to use a slideshow plugin for wordpress ?! should i set it in the header area while it shouldnt appear in other pages or i have to create a special theme files dedicated to the homepage while the rest of the site uses the main files of the theme ?
guys i'm all confused as i used this using the DNN CMS by setting the content areas which is totally different than WP that i'd love to use in my work. all the guidelines around are totally useful but none is directing me to what should i do exactly to make this work for me.
i'm totally on fire waiting for a reply telling me what to do or at least directing me to a clear guideline that i can follow.
thanks alot in advance,