My site http://www.chattybrain.com is currently using the default template for the home page, while for some of the pages in my nav bar I have started creating my own dynamic templates and I feel pretty comfortable doing this.
However, on the homepage I would like to have a mix of posts & pages and it seems that this is not possible as all the options for the "Main News Page" are category based. Am I missing a trick and it is possible to add pages?
The solution I thought of was to create my own Front Page using a dynamic template (template builder) as I did for my other main categories however I cannot see how to change the look of the slideshow. If I add a slideshow in my dynamic template, I only get a really large image size (like on my "blog" dynamic template: http://chattybrain.com/index.php/hong-kong-expat-blog/ ). I've only added one image here so that is why it is not rotating.
Looking at the demo video in the docs provided, the slideshow is much smaller and has text next to it. I realize the video is for the Brightbox theme, but as it was supplied with the Shoutbox docs I thought it might be possible.
Thus my questions are:
1) How can I create a dynamic template with a sidebar and a features slider (for posts & pages) ?
2) If I cannot do the above, can I add pages instead of posts to the standard home page?