I've been doing some searching on this topic but so far nothing I've found really answers my question. I know there are a few ways to go about this, but I'm looking for the method that's going to be the cleanest and most stable.
What I'd like to do is have three different sets of posts displaying on my homepage. Each group of posts will be displaying a different category with a different number of the latest posts displayed. Two of them will be occupying the same space in the "main" content area, with "tab" links allowing users to choose between which to display at any given moment. The third will be displayed in a sidebar to the right. None of the post groups need to be paginated, because after the latest X number of posts is displayed I'm just going to have a link to "read more" which will take the user to that specific categories archive page.
There's two possible solutions that I've come across but I don't know which would be best, or if either is a good option.
Set a static front page and create a custom page template for it which I can configure with the three different loops required.
Set the front page to "latest posts" and modify the default loop that's displayed.
So far I've easily got the "Sidebar" group of posts sets up. It's just the two main groups of posts that I'm having trouble with.
Any direction with this would be greatly appreciated. I've done some reading about the topic of multiple loops, but nothing quite applies to my situation enough to give me a clear idea of what I should do.
Thanks in advance.