Now that we've acquired some understanding of how WordPress deals with templates, let's put that knowledge into practice and begin customizing our theme.
The default look and behavior of Thematic is, well, kind of bloggy—nothing against blogs, mind you, but we want our theme to have a bit more zing. Throughout the rest of this chapter, we'll modify the home page by ditching that sidebar, creating an area to list the excerpts and post thumbnails from a few of the most recent posts, and adding a homepage-specific footer element that repeats the page listing. We'll also add social media links and an author bio to each post, wherever it happens to be displayed.
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