Discourse offers several ways to display the categories page (which will be the homepage of the site). I’ve listed them all here - which one do you prefer, and why?
Only the categories and some stats. Very static, and not very indicative of the activity on the site.
Categories and latest topics
The right side of the screen will show the ‘stream’ of all the most recently updated posts. While this may be a high-speed list, it can also help discover interesting conversations
Categories and featured topics
The right side of the screen shows the 3 most recent conversations for each top-level category.
Categories and top topics
The right side of the screen will show the ‘top topics’ - those are the ones with the most activity during a year (which makes it not so useful + rather static in my opinion).