I too use multiple templates to build sites. In the simplest form, I usually use one template for the front page, and another for content. This allows me to have a much greater degree of layout for the front page.
Using the natively built in multiple template function allows for different sections and categories to have customized looks and feels.
With that said, rather than basing which template is shown based on the itemid, it seems like it would be much more intuitive to be able to assign which template is shown by selecting it in the parameters of the article.
I for the most part don't need the ability to show the same content in different templates and I'm not sure why anyone would.
I think the frontpage is a world apart from content can be viewed inside the site...
frontpage has his unique caracteristics and needs.
And displaying content into it should be an option, and not mandatory... I hope developers would take in account this fact, because CMS is for Content Management System and should give the possibility to manage such a basic and relevant content management feature.
I can see all the people here talking about template switching...
BUT I don't need to change template!!
! I need only to to switch off some -frontpage only- modules for content displaying. If my frontpage is full of stuff, I want display content linkek from frontpage in a cleaner layout for a really basic example....
but actually it is not possible...
In my previous post there's a link to another thread where this problem was fixed in j!1.012, I succesfully and easily tested it. But now I can't in J!1.5... I'm not a programmer I can only copy and paste a hack, but my answer is if it is possible that a simple working fix could not be applied to J!1.5, too? (considering I don't need to change template, but only to switch off some frontpage modules).