This is intentional, as an empty homepage is not a typical user scenario. You can hide the categories label via custom CSS, or custom JS if you want to hide it only when there are no categories.
Addidng graphics to page?
On Desktop there is quite a band of white space on Left and Right of screen
I see theres a setting where you can add custom HTML etc
How can I add boxes at the edges to put pictures in etc?
I also wanted to add a Description to the front page on what the forum is about, how precisely can I do that?
add a Description to the front page on what the forum is about, how precisely can I do that?
You'd be looking at a header widget for this. ACP > Extend > Widgets