I have a sort of involved question on modifying WordPress to fit my needs. I have looked at all the recent topics concerning turning WP into a CMS but I cannot find what I am looking for.
What I want to do is create a template for a gaming site that is not the standard two or three column layout. I then want to be able to dictate different ways to display categories and diferent posts. I would like to have one section only show headlines from category 1 with date and such. And another section to show headlines from Category 2, and so on. What would be extra special would be being able to include an image that would link to an article on the main page so you could do something like (for example) http://www.xequted.com/
Is this possible with WP or do I need to wait until my long and arduous journey learning PHP is over to code my own?
Thank you for your help.