So I am just looking for a design for the first page. I am using a buddypress theme called product.
It is clean and simple...which is what I want, but it lacks any sense of joy....thats where you come in.
The front page has 2 navigation menus - 1 for links I create and one for the community which are standard. You will see what I mean on the link above.
Then there is a slide show with 4 slides. 900 x 250 px each. Content as follows...
Slide 1 - Sign Up
Slide 2 - Basic Childhood nutrition: 5 things every parent should know. (I can change the text later, but design should fit this theme)
Slide 3 - Create your own blog (this is still a sign up pitch, but focusing on user blogs)
Slide 4 - Childhood nutrition stats...how does your family compare?
Then there are 3 blocks below...images for these blocks should not exceed 250px in length. I was looking at 150 or 200 for each and that seems to line up well.
block 1 - Allergies and difficult eaters. (links to our groups page)
block 2 - recipes (links to recipe database...might end up being a wiki or a shared blog by the community.)
block 3 - Features in the works. Nutrition wiki, make money on your blog, forums, user polls.
If you hate this layout and want to try something else feel free to look at
buddydress.com ... all of their themes work with the community structure that I am working with and I am willing to look at other themes if you are inspired by something else.