~ Create a new page that uses the “Front Page” template and a featured image of at least 1,140 pixels wide.
~ Tell WordPress to use that page as the static front page. The title and content of the page become the “insert” within the image. The rest of the page is all done with Widgets.
~ Create a new page and enter the title and content you want to appear on the home page, as the “insert” in the large image.
~ Under Page Attributes, choose the “Front page” template.
~ Under Featured Image, upload an image 1,140 pixels wide or more. This will become the large background image.
~ Under Likes and Shares, uncheck Show Likes and Show Sharing buttons.
~ Save the page.
~ Under Settings > Reading, select Front page displays > A static page, and then select your new front page. Save Changes.
How to have two random testimonials/quotes appear on the front page
~ Go to Testimonials > Add New
~ Enter the person’s name as the title, and then their testimonial as the content. To add their picture, upload it as a Featured Image.
~ Unfortunately, “Like” buttons appear under the testimonials, even if you uncheck the “Show likes” option when editing the testimonial. The only way to remove them is to go to Settings > Sharing and change the setting to “WordPress.com Likes are… Turned on per post” (as opposed to On for all posts). The drawback of this setting is that you’ll need to manually check the Show Likes option, every time you create a new Page or Post.
By the way, if you visit http://yoursite.wordpress.com/testimonial (naturally, with “yoursite” changed to your actual site name), you’ll see all your testimonials listed in full. If you plan to make this page public, you can edit the introduction by going to Testimonials > Customize. Strangely, the “Like” buttons DON’T show on this page, again regardless of the setting.
How to add content to the two boxes above the testimonials
~ Go to Appearance > Widgets, and drag widgets into the areas called “First Front Page Sidebar” and “Second Front Page Sidebar”.
How to add content to the three spaces in the footer area
~ Go to Appearances > Widgets, and drag widgets into the areas called “First Footer Sidebar”,
“Second Footer Sidebar” and “Third Footer Sidebar”. Each of the three spaces can handle multiple widgets, if you choose.
All the best,