I have been looking at the codex/wiki and some of the other information and a lot of my questions have been answered. However, I like to have a clear understanding of everything before I jump in -- like to make a decision that works for me in the long run and what is the best option for me. Sorry this is long, and I appreciate all your time.
So here we go: what I want from my website:
I want to create a website to host the following: my blog (with different categories/genres), my podcast-audiobooks, and podcast-music-demos. I want users to be able to comment and also subscribe to my podcasts and blog via RSS feed. I would like the option of having categories/genres, so that a person can hit a link and be taken to a page with just audiobook content or just "general blog" content.
I would like to have a start page, with the following content:
Static snippet of information about the site, me, and what is available.
Left and right sidebars (various content: links, maybe ads, etc)
Recent blog/podcast/music postings from all "categories", by date
Ability to browse different categories of content (e.g., podcasting)
Other various sidebar information (including: "about RSS feeds" and details about me and my work)
From each separate content page, I would like to have:
Static snippet of information about each particular piece of content (e.g., specific audiobook novel or music page information)
blog entries chronologically ordered
A simple sidebar with links to the content files (mp3s/audiobook)
ability to subscribe to a particular content feed
In addition, I wanted content management features such as being able to maintain a list of recent books I am reading and music I am listening to, that can be kept on a sidebar and also managed as a full list on a separate page. I don't yet understand the best way to create the actual feeds that are read by RSS aggregators, however, I would love it if I didn't have to code them each time I created a new post/podcast/song.
Finally, I am not sure how customizable WordPress is -- as I mentioned, I have a basic understanding of programming and I have learned quickly. I want something that is flexible and useable: like this website here.
Thanks for your time, you can post here or if it is more appropriate email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org