What Is a Child Theme, Should I install one, if so How?

For most users, a child theme is not needed with Kadence since Kadence has been meticulously crafted to be customizable via the WordPress Customizer.

There are two situations when a child theme is necessary and are really only for developers:

1. There are advanced theme changes that need to be done and are not possible via the Customizer or by adding code snippets. i.e., when you want to override certain parent theme files by copying them to the child theme and editing them.

2. To deeply customize plugins like WooCommerce, you need to override the plugin’s files and while this can be technically done using a custom plugin, the most common way is to use a child theme.

You can switch to a child theme at a later date anytime.

Customizer settings are theme-specific. When you switch to the child theme you will have to either re-apply them manually or simply import the previously exported settings when the parent theme was active. If this is not done, the theme may appear somewhat broken.

How to Install the Kadence Child Theme

  1. Download the Kadence Child Theme from here by clicking on the Example Kadence Child Theme button.
  2. In your WordPress admin go to Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme. Choose kadence-child.zip from your computer and click Install Now.
  3. Click Activate.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed and activated the Kadence child theme.