My most recent article in the series at Peachpit Web Design Reference Guide has appeared — Customizing WordPress: Make the Most of Pages:
Posts are the lifeblood of any blog, but the pages feature makes WordPress a very powerful content management system (CMS). In fact, you could set up a whole website using pages, with not a blog post in sight.
Learn how to Set the Home Page, Use Page Templates, Modify and Create Page Templates. In the follow-on article, not yet published, is information about Archives and Links Pages.