So I've been fighting with this for a little bit, and I've been unable to get help from Google, so it's time to ask some experts!
I'm setting up a small business website; we're aiming to create something that's very simple now, and easy to grow as the business grows. Drupal fits the bill nicely, but it's fairly new to us. I'm trying to set up three simple layouts: a basic page (Header, Main Content, Side Bar Menu, Footer), a splash page (Header, Side Bar Content), and a product page (Header, Side Bar Content, and Footer). Nothing overly ambitious, but also not supported by Drupal 7 out of the box (as far as I can see, at least).
I tried experimenting with themes and subthemes, and played around with the Zen theme for a bit to limited success, but no variable layouts. After some digging, I think CTools + Panels is what makes the most sense, and I can get the layouts I want, but I can't figure out how to get the panels to display any actual content.
Is there an easy way to execute this plan with Panels, or should I be investigating a different option?