Yet another question showing my digital ignorance:
I originally had WP installed on my host by them and put it as Sitename/blog1/ . I have asked here and gotten clear directions how to move the whole WP file system to Home.
I decided, after trying it and making some errors (that I did rectify) that it was happy enough where it was and might be more logical to answer to the name "blog1". OK.
Then I decided to make a Page in WP to use as the splash page at http://www.sitename.com/. It looks ok but placed itself as a Page within the blog.
Then I studied this lengthy (and incredibly confusing) earlier thread at Creating_a_Static_Front_Page
It begins by saying that on version 2.1 nothing on the page is correct or, maybe, some things are correct. That was worrisome but I copied the commands for adding header & footer and used the example for creating a splash page, named it home.html.
I can't seem to get it in the right directory at the web host, PowWeb, or it is not correct. Here is what I ended up with in Smultron:
<div id="content" class="narrowcolumn">
<h1 style="color:#000;">Welcome to my site</h1>
straight to my blog.</p></div>
<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>
I left out the little message for brevity.
Where am I going wrong? Or, where am I not going wrong?