I'm currently trying out WordPress for my site and so far so good. I'm quite satisfied with the looks of it and how conviniet everything is. I've come this far: http://www.wkstrm.se/test/ <- it's a test-site only so do not mind the content/pictures.
I like the static homepage with dynamic content, but I'd like to do some customizations to it.
1. I want the most recent post to only be a "excerpt" of the recent post, not the whole post. I can't seem to figure out how to do that. I've googled, read and googled again and searched these forums for clues on how to do that.
2. I want to change the pictures showing on the right. Currently there are 4 pictures, I'd like to change amount shown and size of them as well how they are aligned.
3. I want to change number of "featured posts" headlines in the list below the featured post.
I read here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages#Creating_Your_Own_Page_Templates that I should make a child theme so I made a new php file named homepage-template.php, but I don't know what to put in it. I don't know much about php or creating homepages (I did back in 2001 before everything got complicated). Can someone help me out a bit or atleast point me in the right direction and I would be so thankfull. :)