We are looking to customize the layout of the landing page. If it’s hosted, do we have access to the html out of the box for layout purposes, not just the header and footer?
In addition to adding to the header and footer, you can customise using plugins, themes, and also with your own CSS.
It would help us answer your question if you described broadly what customisations you’re looking to do.
specifically if we are looking to change the layout of the homepage, could we do that on a discourse-hosted plan? If yes, which plan would we need?
What do you want to change about the layout?
It might be easiest to start the trial so that you can see what you can do.
do I need to sign up for a trial in order to see the admin view, or will demo do the same?
I’m not aware of any demo that lets you see the admin menu. If you don’t see the admin menu, you don’t see the admin menu: