Well - not so much.....WP is very new to me.....I am not even sure how to do #1...
Create a new template file??
Create your new homepage as a page??
I went to the article you had a link to and it said,
..all you need to do is create a new template file (I tend to copy an existing page template) in your theme directory and add a small PHP comment to the top of the page. Once this is done the template will show up in the "page template" section of the write/ edit page screen.
The code should look like...
<?php /* Template Name: Name of template here
Copy an existing page template?? Which page should i even copy?
The only part i understand is #3 in your instructions about choosing a static front page....
SO SORRY for just not getting this!