I've had this problem before and managed to fix it. After a server crash and updating my theme, I'm having this problem again and can't figure it out this time.
The "Newest items" slider on my front page is not showing the newest items. I can't figure out why it is showing the items it is. I have 3 parent categories each with a few child categories. I've tried just selecting the child categories in the template builder for the frontpage template, along with selection child and parent. Nothing I do changes the items showing on the front page. It is pulling items that are several months old. And, even then, they are not in sequence of publishing date. So, I'm not sure yet what it's using to pull them.
Can someone help me figure this out?
Update 1: I just realized the products are being ordered by reverse alphabetical order if that helps
Update 2: Also related... I had items set to 12, but it was only showing 10 (4, 4 and then 2). I moved it to 16, and now it shows 12 total items (4, 4 and 4). Not sure what that is about? I then set it to only show 1 category, and to show all items. It ends up displaying 17 out of 29 (4, 4, 4, 4 and 1).
Update 3: I updated my files to 1.6 just to make sure that wasn't it. It didn't fix anything. But, just a point of clarification, is the folder indicated in the changelog as "folder: config-woocommerce" actually the "woocommerce-config" folder?