I've decided to start doing my sites in Wordpress because more and more clients are asking for a CMS to edit their site. It seems like a good fit - and it's easy to install and use, so - why not.
As I'm trying to take the next step and create a custom theme, including a home.php page that mimics my site, I'm struggling to come up with the best way to do it.
I include get_header(), get_sidebar(), and get_footer() in the home.php file, including all my text and images from the original design.
This particular page has a few paragraphs on it - and Ideally it would be great if the users could change this without needing to access home.php. Is this possible? The page doesn't show up in "pages" in Wordpress' back end - (and I'm sure missing whatever code would be needed anyway (on home.php) to take a value from the database.)
Also, the right column (side_bar) is kind of similar throughout the entire site with 2 or 3 sections: a block quote, an area for quick facts, and all pages except the home page also have a quick contact form.
Since I want the block quotes and quick facts to be different on each page (user input) I was wondering if custom fields were the best way to do this, or if there was a better way.
Hope this isn't too confusing of a question. Thanks for the help!