I am in the process of wireframing a community home page and am trying to decide whether I want to keep it clean and high-level or feature the forums section of the community. In option 1 (clean and high-level), there would be a big search field and buttons to go into features like Forums, Blogs, Articles, etc (see https://knowledge.autodesk.com/community as an example). In option 2, I would surface forums to the home page, much like how it is done here on feverbee (https://experts.feverbee.com/categories).
Thoughts? This basically comes down to simple and clean vs. robust and functional.