I asked about building an interface based on content blocks a while back. The advice was useful and I am getting somewhere. However I have another question about structuring the application. I'm not sure whether it comes under templates or data models, so I am asking here.
I have put up the beginnings of the new site here: http://skeyn.com/
If you look at the home page here you will see a set of content blocks. Each of these is in effect the summary of a story that will appear in full on another page. I started by using Content.FirstParagraph to bring the content from the destination page into the content block, but this has a couple of drawbacks: it loses any text enhancement such as bold text, and I can't bring in images.
What I would like to do is have a definable section of text as a teaser on the front page, and a thumbnail image. Clicking the "read more" would take me to the full story with all of the text and a full-sized image.
The question is, should I have specific extra data fields in the full story to hold a teaser and thumbnail image, or is there a way to pick up just a section of the story to put on the front page (and ideally to put a thumbnail of the image there too)? I have looked at the tutorial where they are putting staff pictures up but can't see how to translate it to my need. I have also found a page in the documentation about the use of the HTMLText class but likewise can't quite see how to use it.
Hope this isn't too rambling and that someone can advise.