Hi there, I'd like to first commend the support staff here as I've noticed very prompt and pleasant responses to people's questions as I've read and searched through the forums! Great job!
I'm new to WP so I'm still getting a used to the framework and testing the waters, modifying the theme's css and various php files to achieve the look I am going for; if I misspeak or fail to use the proper terminology, I apologize. I've read the entire cleancut documentation, and I've skimmed & searched through the support forums for solutions to the majority of my issues and have found work arounds or the help I needed. I am a decent web developer (more of a pc app developer and graphic designer) and am looking to add WP to my web based skill set. My website is: http://www.southpawwebservices.com
1) I would like to add a div with an image above the navigation on my page (essentially an image with my tag line). Modifying the css to expand the top margin and inserting a background image of the nav div is not achieving what I am looking for, nor is modifying the header.php and inserting a div and attempting to position it with css; this is probably because of my lack of understanding of WP and php (ntm being thrown into the WP framework + an advanced/premium thing all at the same time.) How would one of you go about doing this?
2) This is definitely a WP hierarchy question and most likely has 0 to do with the theme but am hopeful for some assistance from the gurus. I found this person's page (http://www.taiwan-adventures.com/trips-and-tours/overnight-trips-and-hikes/) while skimming through support threads and really like the way they've set this particular page up and would like to replicate the 'layout' with multiple 'feature posts' shown on one page. Can you tell me how they did this? Was it use of categories/pages/posts/plugins? I'm not entirely sure of the steps to take to set this up.
3) This one may be stretching it. But I like both of the skins/layouts, the boxed skin where the content is constrained to a 'box' as well as the 'banner/wrapper' type theme that my site is currently set to (another reason I went with my current skin is that I love the menu's arrow/dynamic bg). Is there a way to combine the two? And I, literally, just realized that this site, kriesi.at is doing EXACTLY what I'm talking about. Is it just a simple background image that makes the site have this appearance?
I think there was one more but I've forgotten it now. I'm sure as soon as I click send I'll remember it...
Again, thanks so much for your time and effort it is VERY appreciated!