I'm a newbie in Drupal, and I have a really important web site to build. I've started with a Zen template, so I can build the entire theme from scratch.
I've looked around for better practices and best ways to do this, and finally decided to start by doing the "Master-Layout" on the "page.tpl.php" (I've figured that it's the best place for the global website structure), plus, I'm using the default CSS's files do arrange the things on the page.
But now, I need to start the "home page" content section. It will have a few "blocks" and I still have some things that isn't clear what I can do to build this way.
For example, I have a "News" structure, that the authors use it to insert the news articles. I need to list the news on the home page much like an accordion style, with the image related.
Other example, the site will have a dynamic menu, using a jQuery plug-in like this: http://www.wizzud.com/jqDock/, and each item on this dock, will come from the Drupal database. Should I create a modulo to accomplish this? Can you guys help me??