Are you planning to install the free Kadence theme on your WordPress website?
If yes, then you are in the right position. Here, in this post, I will give you a complete review of the Kadence theme along with step by step customization.
So, Open your WordPress dashboard and start building your website from scratch.
This website is designed with the Kadence theme pro and the Kadence Block builder. You don’t need any page builder like Elementor, Divi builder, thrive architect etc.
You can achieve any design in WordPress Gutenberg editor using the Kadence Block plugin.
If you want more flexibility in website design then you should get the premium version as it is totally worth investing in.
Before moving father, let’s check how it is optimized for speed performance and core web vitals. Previously when I was using the Elementor, I barely achieve an 80+ score in page speed insight, and it was causing the layout shift and other core web vitals issues.
Then, I decided to move to Gutenberg using the Kadence theme and I can achieve a 95+ score without using any caching plugin. You can also achieve 100 out of 100 by tweaking some settings using a performance plugin like Perfmatters.
In fact, You can easily pass the core web vitals along with speed index, time to interactive, and total blocking time by using the Kadence theme.
I hope you got the idea about how fast this theme is and how it can help you in your core web vitals.
This is an easy-to-use theme that is beginners friendly and you can easily customize this theme. So, let’s start customize this theme.
How to install Kadence theme & Kadence Block Plugin?
- Go to your WordPress dashboard > Theme > Add New
- Search for the Kadence theme and install this.
- Now activate the Kadence theme.
- Now open Plugins > Add New > search for Kadence Block
- Now install and Activate this plugin
If you want to buy Kadence Membership which includes Kadence theme Pro and Kadence Block Pro, then you can buy from official website.
The benefit of Kadence Pro membership
With Kadence membership suite, you will get access to all themes and plugins from the Kadence WP theme including future themes and plugins releases.
Here, you will get the Kadence Pro Addon for the Kadence Theme, Kadence Blocks Pro (page builder plugin) and other plugins listed below.
All these themes are designed to add additional functionality to the Kadence theme and you can choose the plugins according to your needs.
You can also purchase individual plugin along with Kadence theme and Kadence Block plugin. But, purchasing plugins separately can cost you more.
YEARLY ACCESS ($169/year)
LIFETIME ACCESS ($599)
Lifetime Access is good but, I prefer to take the Pro addon of Kadence Block which costs around $59 per year.
Lifetime deal will be best for those who run an agency and want to give Kadence themes to their client for free or with a nominal charge.
The part of Kadence theme is that you can use it on unlimited sites with lifetime update facilities. You can also sell pre build landing page design to clients using the Kadence Cloud plugin.
Here, client can easily use the pre designed templates made by you with a single click.
How to customize the Kadence theme in WordPress?
To customize the Kadence theme go to WordPress dashboard > Appearance > Customize.
Now follow the steps shown in this video. 👇
Here are some important settings that you need to enable in the Kadence theme.
Enable Author Box
You can enable the Author box in the Kadence theme without adding any coding or plugin. To enable the author box, go to theme customizer and select the “Blog post” option.
Now, select “single post Layout” and scroll down to the bottom and click on the “Show Post Author Box” option.
Load Google Fonts Locally
If you are using Google font in your website then you should load font locally to improve page speed.
Loading fonts locally helps in reducing extra server request and load the font more quickly. You can easily do this in Kadence theme.
Go to the Customizing > General > Performance and enable the “Load Google Fonts Locally” option and enable the “Preload Local Fonts” option. Now click on “Flush Local Fonts Cache” for immediate effect.
In the Kadence theme, you will get a custom script option to add third-party codes like AdSense, Analytics etc.
Here, you will get the option to paste the code in header, footer or after body tag. In Kadence WP theme, you don’t need to add any code management plugin.
I hope you got the complete idea about how to install Kadence theme and customize it in WordPress from scratch.
If you have any doubt regarding Kadence theme, ask me in the comment section.