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I have developed many websites, but this is my first time using WordPress and I am so frustrated with something that is supposed to be so simple.  

I have a WordPress web template that I purchased (http://www.templatemonster.com/demo/40793.html) and I am trying to figure out how to organize the content layout on my other pages. I have been able to set up the main page just fine by adding widgets to the content areas but when I create other pages, it just gives me the one box to add content to (the very weak wordpress editor) and doesn't give me the option to organize it into different areas.  Even if I choose a different template layout from the drop down, I am so confused on how to apply my content to the different areas.

Does anyone have a link to a tutorial on how to do this?  I have looked for 3 days and can't find anything.  I feel as though I must be making something very difficult out of something that should be very easy.
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The template you purchased has what is called a "widgetized home page" which is why you manage by adding widgets only.  However, interior pages use page templates of which this template seems to have a few.  

When editing a page, look in the Page Attributes box to see what is built-in.  You can add your own templates fairly easily:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Page_Templates#Custom_Page_Template

and also add widgetized areas to a Page Template:

http://wpmu.org/how-to-widgetize-a-page-post-header-or-any-other-template-in-wordpress/

Or use plugins to achieve a similar result:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/widgetize-pages-light/
http://wordpress.org/plugins/widgets-on-pages/
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Thank you!  I am starting to play around with the widgetize pages light and a short code reference widget I found and they are very useful.  

But I have one more question that is causing me a lot of confusion.  If you visit the template I purchased http://www.templatemonster.com/demo/40793.html and click on the different pages from the navigation menu, you will see many different layouts.  And in my pages area in wp-admin, I can see different template options available, which I assume reference those different layouts they have.  If I choose a different template for that page, say template called Portfolio 3 columns, how do I reference which column I want to put my content in?   Am I supposed to do this by putting shortcode into the page editor?  If so, how do I know which shortcode to use?  
I think what is really throwing me off is the fact that there is only one page editor area and there is no obvious way of how to reference which content area you want to link your content to.  Does that make sense?
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If I choose a different template for that page, say template called Portfolio 3 columns, how do I reference which column I want to put my content in?

It varies depending on how the theme was coded but shortcodes are usual way to do it.  You should have a readme file that explains what to use where.

I think what is really throwing me off is the fact that there is only one page editor area and there is no obvious way of how to reference which content area you want to link your content to.  Does that make sense?

It does but that's more on you and your expectations than on WordPress.  Typical pages and posts are not widgetized (widgets are usually reserved for the header, footer and sidebars) so all you need is the main content area to hold the page or post content.  To expect the main content area to be sectioned off is just not how WordPress does things.
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Quick, to the point and easy to understand response.  Thank you!!
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