So I'm kinda new to this WordPress infrastructure. Everyone's been telling me about how great WordPress is and how something like 10% of the top sites out there are using it.
So I have a couple of really basic questions about how this all comes together. Maybe they're really obvious, but not so much to me.
I found a theme I liked and am using the CSS offered by the Links widget as the main navigation across my site (instead of the CSS in Pages). I therefore created some Pages and am linking to them through Links. However, the site automatically puts links to Pages on the sidebar along with my Links. How do I hide Pages?
I created a post for my front page, but I don't like having dates show up? How do I hide?
I'd like one CSS style to apply to another class or define a particular object to have another class property. Is there an easy way to do this? Does this require I hack the style sheet?
In general, I have experience with HTML/CSS and some PHP so I know the underlying technologies. However, I would like to know how I can leverage the power of Wordpress while still maintaining the flexibility of a fully powered programming language.