I am trying to write a custom VForce page for a Community landing page so after users login they can see the main sections of the Community and click on the links and then go to the page layouts view. Is this possible and what kind of controller would I need and would it be custom or standard? I would guess custom.
Please refer to this post Customize communities login page which I think will provide you with the instructions and code that I believe you're looking for.
Depending on whether or not you plan to use SSO, you may also want to refer to the following links as well: How to create a custom login page in salesforce.com, Using frontdoor.jsp to login to Salesforce UI and Communities and the following Help page.