After successful installation of Magento 1.8.1 in a system. Everything works fine, but unable to display products on the home page. As posted on Magento website, I modified the home page design using admin interface CMS >> Pages >> Home Page >> Design.
As shown in the Magento Wiki page below lines were added in the second line of home page design -

{{block type="catalog/product_new" name="home.catalog.product.new" alias="product_homepage" template="catalog/product/new.phtml"}}   

Still, the products are not displayed on home page.
What should be done to display the products on home page.
I'm using Ubuntu 13.04 server, with MySQL 5.5 database and Magento version 1.8.1 downloaded using SVN

  • have you checked if the file catalog/product/new.phtml exists ?
    – Dexter
    Mar 5, 2014 at 7:43
  • Yes it exists in app/design/frontend/base/default/template/catalog/product/new.phtml Mar 5, 2014 at 9:39
  • It should work than, Have you done index management ? It is necessary to do index management to make any changes in product displayed on front end.
    – Dexter
    Mar 5, 2014 at 9:54
  • Yes I have tried that also, but what I see is it is not calling new.phtml in the main page Mar 5, 2014 at 10:48

2 Answers 2


set the value for Set Product as New from Date for the products that need to set as new, then it will display in the new product list.

(ie) if you wants to set the product as new then the date from and to should be enter for that product , based on that date the product will display in the new product list

  • I have set the valid dates, I see that the new.html is not called on home page. What should I do for this Mar 5, 2014 at 6:45
  • just call it inside the content, ie. in the CMS >> Pages >> Home Page >> Content
    – Helphin
    Mar 5, 2014 at 6:46
  • I called it, but still not able to see it on the home page. Mar 5, 2014 at 6:56
  • just clear your caches and recheck
    – Helphin
    Mar 5, 2014 at 7:03

Check if the template file catalog/product/new.phtml really called on your home page.

In your xml file add this and remove the block from CMS > Home Page section

  <reference name="content">

  <block type="catalog/product_new" name="home.catalog.product.new"  as="product_homepage" template="catalog/product/new.phtml"/>


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