I have been using Wordpress for my blog going on two years now. In that time, I have learned a lot and had more than a few overhauls on my blog. I have been using a "magazin style" layout for my blog since I started it. I always figured it was more user-friendly those people who aren't familiar with blogs. But I was never satisfied.
I implememnted various upgrades over the following two years, but never found my comfort zone. Until now. Over the weekend I decided to go to a more traditional blog layout, but also keep a graphic laiden entry point for eye candy. Trying to model it somewhere along the lines of sites like CNet or IGN, I ended up using a Wordpress plugin called "Featured Content Gallery."
This plugin sets up a sideshow gallery for my featured stories, including thumbnails and descriptions. It took a while, but using this plugin and a little bit of custom programming, I have created an interface I can finaly be happy with. I still have a few tweaks to make to my post footers, sidebar and loading times, but I am quite happy.
I just wanted to share this plugin with anyone who is looking to impletment something a little different on their site. You can download the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/featured-content-gallery/.
If you'd like to see an example of this plugin in action, please check out my blog: St. Louis Investment Realty