Wow… Thanks everyone for the help/attention. This is what makes RW so awesome.
I should add that I have a new infant and am amazingly sleep deprived. But here goes:
@robbeattie and @LSPhoto - Amazing timing, I just got through browsing Will’s themes and I think this might be the way to go. Not just because there’s a free trial, but because it looks like these have some of the most flexibility- just as you both described. Plus, Will’s themes are support are fantastic. If I combine this with @LSPhoto suggestion of Will’s stack, I think I can make something. Thanks for reminding me about the trial. I’d forgotten will does this.
As for the extra content filling the banner area… I must have run into a theme wall. I’d remembered that EC does this, but this particular theme isn’t behaving this way. I really don’t want to mention which one. Its an awesome theme by a great RW developer and I’ve reached out to them know it’s doing this. But yes, I would think this would be the way to go… if I could turn off the banner, but I can’t
The problem I’m having with the other themes is that they assume I want everything centered over the banner. They also seem to adjust the banner height depending on if I’ve added a logo, title, and slogan. This creates its own new set of challenges. But again: Different themes behave differently.
Now, as for Foundation and point of RW- This was probably a mis-speak. I see the point of RW as a way to quickly make beautiful web sites. BUT… RW is different things to different people. @zeebe is absolutely correct. There is, in general, very little or no coding. But, having the guidance of a basic design concept makes making a beautiful web site quickly awesome. Now, that being said, I’ve run into the problem with that… flexibility - HAHA… I just noticed some mentioned that. Sorry… baby brain.
Ok… Thank you everyone!!! RW is great due to the RW staff and it’s forum supporters. It’s just a fantastic community. I’ve been using this app since 2006 and I really need to get on and contribute back more. Thank you!!! I’m going to report back and share what worked and didn’t… just to make sure I don’t hit and run