I am a WordPress newbie and struggling to create a site for my business with it. Basically I want to create site that has a dynamic homepage (with slider, widgets to latest blog posts, etc) about 5 static pages and a blog linking from it.
I have the Spacious Pro theme. Initially I couldn't get the front page of my site to look anything like the theme demo. It just looked like a blog. So after wading through advice pages, I copied the code from the Business Template in the theme (which resembles how I would like my site) into the index.php (replacing what was already there - but saving a copy of the original code just in case I need it). Bingo - I could now use the slider, add widgets to the front page, etc.
Then as the WordPress advice suggested, I created two pages - home and blog - and set the settings so home is the static page and blog is the posts page. I have set home as the parent page for my static child pages too. So far so good (although the URLs are a bit long).
However when I click on the blog page it just refers to the front page. Clearly something to do with me altering the index code looking at the template hierarchy and now I am confused about what to do.
I would really really appreciate some step by step advice on how best to build this type of site. Even if I have to start again I'd rather learn and get it right. Thanks so much for your help. Laura