I'm doing a monthly magazine, and would like my home page to show a list of (the current month's) article summaries. Unfortunately, I see this summary-style-home-page on only some themes I've previewed, but not the ones I really like. The themes I like (both premium and free) list the full post on the home page by default.
In other words, I wish the "archive" page in my preferred theme(s) could be the default home page. Since I can't set the home page to be the 'archive', I'm hoping you can point me to a tutorial or instructions for creating a new page (in wordpress.COM, mind you) that lists article summaries (archive-style) for a given month.
The plan is to then choose "Front Page Displays" My-archive-style-new-page and get the home page I'm after.
Each article is already assigned a Volume/Issue category. Choosing to view "Archive for the '__________' category" also brings the perfect home page: a list that includes authors, titles, publication dates, and article summaries—just not the full posts.
I'm hoping someone will tell me this hack isn't necessary because I'm overlooking something really simple.