I am converting a web site over to wordpress. I don't want the default front page of the site to be the wordpress page because I want it to change only when I change it, not every time I add something (and I don't want the site to look like a blog).
What I want to do is change my current index page from index.php to home.php and then change the .htaccess to make the server display home.php before any other file names.
DirectoryIndex home.php index.php index.html index.xml index.htm index.cgi
That way when someone types in my site's domain, they are redirected to http://www.example.com/home.php for the home page.
Is that going to mess up my permalinks? Currently I'm planning to use /%category%/%postname%/ so that permalinks are created as http://www.example.com/category/name-of-post/