The question is old and perhaps not specific enough to what I have in mind and what I hope to accomplish.
The best way to explain what I hope to do is by giving an example from an existing WordPress site: http://flowingdata.com/
Now, the flowingdata blog can includes a couple of types of blog posts. Sometimes, a blog post will be a simple screenshot of another website’s interesting visualization along with a description of the contents.
Here is a “normal” post:
When you examine the source for these “normal” posts, you can see all the wordpress-related baggage one expects to see in a normal wordpress blog post.
And then there can be a different, more specialized type of blog post(?) / article(?) / page(?), found often in the “Projects” section of the blog. (Important: not every “Project” post has the same custom format; e.g., some “Project” posts retain the blog’s main navigation elements, and some “Project” posts eliminate the blog’s main navigation.)
Custom “Project” post:
So my question is: if you were creating a WordPress blog using an existing theme, what is the best, easiest, and most maintainable way to make custom pages similar to the ones one finds in the flowingdata blog?
Read more here:: Making custom pages (with an example to explain the goal)