Posting in the Magento forums has been disabled pending the implementation of a new and improved forum solution which should better serve the community.
For new questions please post at magento.stackexchange.com, the community-run support site for the Magento community. We will be providing updates on the new forum solution soon. For questions or concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home page CMS you can specify the products detalis.
Go to CMS ->Manage Pages and select Home page.
In custom design some xml is commented. So just remove that comments and clear you cache, then you ll get New Products, recently view products and Recently compared products modules.