(I have a child theme) I've read through the codex multiple times and I think I more or less understand pages, templates, and posts and the php/looping, etc., that go with them. So this is more of a structure question. I am building a website. The client wants a static front page that displays dynamic content in four (ish) "boxes." Then she wants the top navigation to lead to static pages as well. For example on the Front Page Static Page Top Navigation she wants "recipes." When you click on "Recipes" she wants you to go to a page where she has listed all of her recipes (and links to them). As a short term solution I've had her change all her recipes to "recipeitems" since if they are in the category "Recipe" they don't show up, presumably because there is already a static Page called Recipe in that place. So they are sort of like ghost posts that you can access through the Recipe Page or through the Search Form. The categories don't show because they aren't in a widget area or anything like that. She is happy with this set up. I feel like it might be a "best practices" disaster. So my question is, in this situation, what is the best way to structure a site like this. I don't need how-to instructions but more like start with a static front page, add additional sub-level static pages, etc., and then blind category for the posts? Should I have the posts be dynamic somewhere? If where? Should everything be a page (I assume not since that is the whole reason for WP and not old school html in the first place).
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*Not sure this is the right forum for this.