I asked a few people on #wordpress, and no one seemed to think that there's a solution, but I'm wondering if anyone has a suggestion on how to call the index.php without WP overriding and using home.php
Basically I have a design I'm working on, and want the home page (home.php) to use a big footer and specific #posts on the page. I then want to be able to have a second version, that has a more "traditional" feel, with multiple posts and a right handed sidebar.
When I try to load mysite.com/index.php, the home template is still being used.
One suggestion I've gotten has been theme switching, which I'm not keen on, as well as my own work around, to create a master category, put all other cats in that, then create a category template like the traditional sidebar look I'm after.
Any brainstorming, suggestions greatly welcomed.