So am I have been working on SharePoint for a little while now, but I am just starting to getting into the design/look and feel aspect. As my company is getting ready to move to 2013 I wanted to revamp the home page to be more user friendly. I am throwing myself head first into creating master pages and page layouts and I am wondering on how to get the web part zones onto the page. I have attached an image put together depicting how I wish for the home page to look over all.
Black Boxes: are what I have made and inputed into the Master Page
Red Boxes: are web where I want to put the webpart zones.
Our current home page is made entirely out of webparts so I do not plan on haveing any text inputted into content body. So do I even need the content body? Does the page layout get loaded into the content body?
Overall my question is: What is the best way to go about putting in webpart zones so that it plays nice with the MasterPage and users can use the master page with out page layouts?