Recently we built this site, you'll notice the homepage is fairly customised with lists of content rather than Drupals default river-of-news (or should that be river-of-nodes?). "How to configure" this type of Drupal front page is a common question in the Drupal forums so I'd thought I let you in on the secret, after all, that's what we're here for eh?
For this tutorial you going to need:
Download those modules and install them in your Drupal test site. FYI Informe21 is a Drupal 5 site but the theory holds true for Drupal 6.
Fig 1. shows us the "onion layers" of the layout we're going to build. You can see how each layer is embedded in the other - blocks in the mini panel panes, mini-panel in the region and finally the region is printed in the template file. This is just to give you a visual representation to help you get your head around the concept. Ok, on with the show!