Exactly at the right moment, WordPress 2.1 is here, including a new option to use a static page as start page for a WordPress driven site. This is just what I was thinking about as a solution for a small website I am currently creating, which has a static main page but needs to be extended by a news page.
Good news: all* plugins I am running in my WordPress blogs seem to work fine with WP 2.1. Especially, I am glad to say:
No problems encountered with the current version of my InTypo plugin in WordPress 2.
Update: Sadly, there is a problem with the well known Blix theme (featured as one of the few on the official WordPress website) in WordPress 2.1. I was using part of its code to get a list of my static pages on top of my site, but it is not working in WP 2.1
: I found and fixed a solution for Blix theme in WordPress 2.1. Used the same method to fix my own theme.
* note: The WP-Stats plugin required an update, which is available from the author’s website.