How to setup home page in cakephp application

There are two possibilities which you might think before setting the home page of your application (aka setting the root of your application). 1. Static Home Page : In this case you can change the content you would like to add to your home page in the following file in your cakephp framework  “APP/views/pages/home.ctp”. (.ctp aka cake template) Now if this simply does not work for you much and you want your home page to be fancy. You can change its Layout and create a file if its not already present in “APP/views/layouts/default.ctp”. If you want to do more fancy stuff like changing the icon or adding a style sheet,  you can do it easily with Nifty HTMLHelper.
echo $this->Html->meta('icon');
echo $this->Html->css('cake.generic');
cake.generic is the default Style Sheet present in “APP/webroot/css/cake.generic.css”. You can add your own Style Sheet in the css directory and make the respective change of the name in default.ctp Now if you have many layouts in your application and your home page uses a layout called homepage.ctp, you will have to specify a property in the respective controller “APP/controllers/pages_controller.php” as follows:
$this->layout = ‘homepage’;
2. Dynamic Home Page : On the other hand, if you don’t want to be stuck with home.ctp as your default main page. All you need to do is simply designate a new root (/) route. Let’s take an example… I have a users Controller (users_controller.php), which has an action called signup() and also It pulls data from various User model methods and utilizes some features of the App Controller. And i would prefer that page (summary) to be my new “home”. So, rather than dealing with Pages Controller, I simply replace the default route (in app/config/routes.php) with
Router::connect('/', array('controller' => 'users', 'action' => 'signup'));
I hope that this gives clear enough an idea of how to setup the home page in the cakephp application. Please feel free to leave any  comments  or doubts that you  might have and I would be more than happy to answer.