I am building a publishing site with a home page that has a carousel/slider, quick links, latest news and upcoming events.
The slider and links will be stored in lists that the site author can manage. The news and events will be pages stored in a news site (no blog, just simple) and events site.
The design is very custom, much like the sites that are on topsharepoint.com.
Is the best way to pull the data to have content query web parts embedded in my home page aspx, along with some custom xslt to get the exact HTML that I want outputted for each component? We are using a html/CSS framework and would like to not have sp markup where possible.
Would using a XsltListViewWebPart be another way to achieve this?