I'm the web designer for a small literary magazine, southeastreview.org. In the past all of our content has been hand-coded but we're about to start offering a lot more and, to expedite the posting of that material, I want to migrate to WordPress. I have a pretty good grasp on how to go about doing this but have a few "is this possible" type questions.
1) Right now we're a 4 column design. Soon I'll move the navigation menu up top and we'll be a three column design. Column 1 and 2 will be content that changes regularly and 3 will be a list of recent posts/contributors. My question is if there's a way to get WordPress to post different types of content to columns 1 & 2. For instance, column 2 will be podcasts and short interviews that changes fairly often. Column 1 will be larger posts highlighting current content in the print journal. Very much like the current front page except without the navigation column.
2) I used WordPress a few years ago for a personal blog. And at that point, control of the post "snippets" that showed up on the mainpage was limited to a selection of text in the post itself. I'd like the snippets to be distinctly different from the actual posts (summaries of the posts). Is this possible in the newer versions?
I'm sure there are other issues I'll have but these are the two that seem most important before attempting the migration. I appreciate your help.