I just switched over to the Twenty Eleven theme and am loving it so far. I have a food blog and pictures of food is very prevalent to my site. However, there are a few presentational tweaks I want to make but am not sure if it is available for wordpress.com free theme templates and without the paid custom design.
1) I am using the showcase template as my home page. At any given time, I will have multiple featured posts. Is it possible for the featured posts to automatically cycle through by itself on the home page? Or does a visitor have to manually click on the circles at the top right in order to navigate through the different featured posts that are presented? If possible, I would like it to automatically cycle through.
2) Right now all my sticky featured posts have full size featured images. As such, on the home page showcase template, the featured post section shows a full picture (header size) and the title of that blog post. Is it possible to add a short description underneath the title of the blog post that also shows up in the featured post section, but also keep this full-sized featured image? I know that if I make the featured image smaller I can have part of the blog post show up to the left of the featured image, but I would like to keep the full image as well.
3) Currently on my showcase template home page, I show 5 recent posts below the featured post area. The theme is designed so that the first recent post shows in full, and then the next 4 are just titles of blog posts. Is it possible to add a brief description or even the beginning of the blog post that will show up underneath these 4 titles? In addition, I would also like to add a thumbnail picture to the left of the title/description if possible.
Thanks in advance for any help that can be provided. I know these features are probably a long shot without paying for it.
The blog I need help with is eatingwithderek.wordpress.com.