Re: Hot Topics – Can they be hidden or removed?
Where do you see “Hot Topics”? I see Hot Tags and Latest Discussions. Which one do you want to hide?
Yes, it’s possible. You need to find the section in your template that displays them, then just remove that section. For Latest Discussions, it’s in the template file front-page.php. Removing that whole section won’t hurt anything.
If you remove Hot Tags, you will have a big white space over there. After removing that from the template file, you might want to adjust the CSS to make the other part of the page wider so it uses the space where the tags used to be.
Basically, it’s all done in your template files. If you’re using the stock template, you should make a copy of that, then make your modifications there.