Mandatory elements in the front page are obviously the latest articles, the most read this month ("Recomendados del Mes"), recent comments ("Comentarios Recientes"), how to contact the editor ("Editor de Turno"), and some prominent links to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and via RSS.
Optional elements in the front page include news from other websites ("Noticias", which are obtained automatically via RSS), a quote of the day ("Citas Citables") and some details in the footer about who we are, linking to our about page.
The article page should ideally provide a very easy to read interface for articles that usually have somewhere between 3 and 10 paragraphs.
Mandatory elements in the article page are obviously the body of the article, in a very clean, easy-to-read format, 2 or 3 related articles that we usually pick by hand, a block with information on the author, links to share in social media (perhaps at both the top and bottom of the article), and a thread of disqus comments at the bottom.
Optional elements in the article page include the most read this month ("Recomendados del Mes").