Probably a very straightforward question but i just installed wordpress on one of my domains, where i want it to show a lot of static content on front page, but still to show recent posts as usual.

i am assuming there are a million ways to do this. but just tell me what you think is the best way

i now tried a few basic themes come with wp by default and in widget area inserted a text box . but that text box doesnt display where i want. so

1- how can i display that text where i want?

2-or should i use a certain theme and or plugin? if so any suggestions? i don't want to reinvent the wheel and i want that static content to look nice. i am sure this is done million times.