I have searched for an answer to this topic but haven't quite find the solution that solves all of them.
I am working on (what I thought was) a simple category template. Everything I have tried has technically worked, but then messes something else up like the posts from what category or shows duplicate posts or messes up my pagination.
What I want is a category page that shows one latest post at the top, and then the following 6 latest posts but stylized differently. The first post at the top will be a banner type image for the post and the bottom 6 will be tile like. I keep getting correctly want I want it to look like but it either a.) repeats the 1st latest post (offset doesnt seem to be working) or it b.) messes up my pagination or c.) it shows only the latest posts in general and not within the specific category.
Here is my current code, any help is appreciated: