How to Install your Kadence Child Theme & Import Demo Content

Tips Before Installing

  • Make sure your site is running the latest WordPress version
  • If you have installed the "Classic Editor" plugin installed, you need to uninstall it to make the theme work OR enable the Gutenberg/block editor in the plugin settings
  • Installing the theme will import the demo blog posts, so make sure to pause any RSS-to-email feeds you may have prior to installing your new theme. Once the theme is installed, you can delete the demo posts and restart your RSS feed again.
  • If you are switching from a Genesis child theme, here's a quick guide you should check out!

How to Install Your Theme & Import Demo Content:

After you have downloaded your file, make sure to unzip the folder. It will have "UNZIP" in the file name (e.g. If you're on a Mac, you can double click to unzip. If you're on Windows, you can right-click the file and select "Extract All". 

Once you have unzipped this folder, make sure to keep the child theme in a zipped format (e.g. This file needs to be zipped to upload to WordPress!

  1. First, head to your WordPress dashboard and go to Appearance > Themes
  2. Click "Add New" at the top and search for "Kadence". Install the Kadence theme.
  3. Next, head to the Plugins page and click the "Add New" button
  4. Search for "Kadence" again and find the "Starter Templates by Kadence WP" plugin. Install and activate the plugin. This plugin will allow us to install your child theme template!
  5. Now go back to Appearance > Themes, click the "Add New" button, then click "upload". Upload your Kadence child theme you purchased (e.g.
  6. Activate the theme!
  7. Now head to Appearance > Starter Templates. You should now see the preview of the child theme template you purchased. **If you see a "CHOOSE YOUR BUILDER" section, click on Hearten Made, and then you will see the child theme preview template.

  8. Click on the child theme template preview image and hit the Start Importing button.
  9. Wait for the import to finish (it could a few minutes) and then view your site. It should look like the demo!

"Theme Install Failed" or other import errors

If your import says it has failed, please read this article.