#D7CX: I pledge that Empty Page will have a full Drupal 7 release on the day that Drupal 7 is released. Done and done!
The Empty Page module is a simple empty page solution. It provides an interface that assists in managing "empty" menu callbacks, mostly used for pages that only consist of blocks.
This module could be considered a solution for this issue (but not limited to the front page): http://geeksandgod.com/forums/dynamic-website-forums/all-about-drupal/ge...
At least once every project, I've needed to create a content-free page. There are times where I don't want to be limited to a views page, and creating an empty node page just seems dirty, since there is a node_load happening (an empty node that I never intend to have any content inside of) that is actually loading "nothing". An example of where empty pages are necessary are things like the home page, or a section landing page where you want several info blocks that you can freely move around if needed.
- Features integration!
Add ability to use existing permission for callback access and provide option to create a new permission.After much thought, I'm leaning towards not doing this. The way I see it, the actual content on the page can handle permissions. Think of Empty Page as this - it gives you a blank page where otherwise you would get a 404 (or other content if you're overriding an existing path).
A note about duplicate functionality: I am aware of the Front module and its similarities - however it is limited to 1 hardcoded callback. I am also aware of Panels / Ctools + Page Manager. While Empty Page is trying to accomplish something very similar, Empty Page is completely disconnected from layout and will remain fundamentally simpler.