Patrick Malley created a Moodle Slider for the front page of a Moodle theme. I think it’s pretty cool! It’s pretty slick and can save some space. I think it makes it feel a little more like a regular website.
The only problem, on our district Moodle site, is that we force our users to use My Moodle. When they log in they do not ever see the front page, they only see the front page when they are not logged in. Therefore, putting any important information there or spending a lot of time working on that may not be worth it if not many users see it.