How does one edit this stuff? I was able to replace the cust service logo by right clciking and seeing what its called then searching within files for it, but is it possible for instance to not have the cart and wish list on the home page, but leave it on the other pages. And how do you remove or change the poll, newsletter signup.
You can make some of these changes by editing layout files (in app/design/frontend/default/default/layout/).
But, to remove poll (or newsletter) block, just go to the admin panel, System > Configuration > Advanced tab. Select your store. And select Disable for Mage_Poll. Save config.
And if you need to update templates, use the hint to display phtml files used. It’s helpful.