Blocksy vs Kadence – Which One You Should Go For?

In this Blocksy vs Kadence blog post, we are comparing two very identical WordPress themes.

If you are into WordPress community from quite some time then you recently might have started hearing the names Kadence theme and Blocksy theme.

Both of them are Powerful, Featured-Rich, and Gutenberg-Ready WordPress themes.

What is Kadence Theme?

Kadence is a lightweight mobile-responsive WordPress theme that comes packed with multiple features. It offers great flexibility and customization options to build the best WordPress site that helps you stand out from the crowd.

Just like the other themes in the WordPress eco-space, this one too follows a freemium model.

Meaning, there’s a free version of Kadence theme and a premium version, called Kadence Pro.

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Kadence comes with a drag-and-drop Header/Footer Builder, library of Kadence Starter Templates (pre-made sites), amazing Page & Post Layouts, and other notable features.

The free version has limited features, but it’s fine for a newbie or a beginner to create a website.

What is Blocksy Theme?

Blocksy is another lightweight, blazing-fast WordPress theme. It’s a 100% Gutenberg Block-Based theme and offers all features that are required to build a professional website with modern looks.

Blocksy is mobile-responsive, adaptive, translation-ready and very well SEO optimized. In addition, Blocksy has been developed using the latest technologies, that offer you a smooth web experience.

It too follows the freemium model, which means there’s Blocksy free and Blocksy Pro theme.

Even though both the themes have many things in common, there are some features that pick Blocksy on top of Kadence (more on that later).

Kadence Theme vs Blocksy Theme Overview

FeaturesKadenceBlocksy
PerformanceFastFast
Fully Gutenberg BasedYes, 100% Yes, 100%
Mobile ResponsiveYesYes
Secure & SEO-friendlyYesYes
Supports RTL & TranslationYesYes
Page Builder IntegrationElementor, Brizy, Beaver Builder Elementor, Brizy, Beaver Builder
Header & Footer BuilderYesYes
Header Elements1915
Footer Elements1015
Sticky HeaderYesYes
Sticky FooterYesNo
Mobile Header BuilderYesYes
Multiple Conditional HeadersYesYes
Multiple Conditional FootersYesYes
Conditional SidebarsNoYes
Typography SupportGoogle Fonts, Custom Fonts & Font PairingGoogle Fonts & Custom Fonts
Multiple Global Color PalettesYes, 3Yes, 15
Advanced Mega MenusYesYes
Advanced Page, Post & Category LayoutsYesYes
Related Posts with CarouselYesYes, without Carousel
Trending PostsNoYes
Author Box with Social ChannelYes, without Social ChannelYes
Share Box (for sharing content)NoYes
Social Integration via CustomizerYesYes
Lazy LoadingNoYes
Advanced WooCommerce FeaturesYesYes
WhitelabelNoYes

I have tried to include almost all the required features for a modern website. Now let us start comparing both the themes

Kadence vs Blocksy – Installations Reviews & Ratings

Kadence WP was first seen in the WordPress repository around August 2020 and has reached over 100,000+ active installations.

It is impressive growth and ever since then, KadenceWP has been in the top 10 most popular WordPress themes.

On the other hand, Blocksy was first released on February 20th 2019, and has over 60,000 active installations until now. The number is half of Kadence, but it’s slowly picking up pace.

ThemeActive InstallationsReviewsRatings
Kadence100,000+Total: 153,
5/5 – 147
4.9/5
Blocksy60,000+Total: 642,
5/5 – 641
5/5

The good thing we can see here about Blocksy is that, out of 642 total reviews, 641 are 5-star reviews. That is the main reason this theme gets a 5/5 rating in the official WordPress repository.


What’s Good About Kadence Theme?

Kadence is a popular multipurpose WordPress theme. It is light in weight, fully responsive, SEO-friendly, and provides multiple features.

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I will try to add a few points which I felt were out of the box, while using the Kadence theme.

Global Settings: Kadence Pro comes with global settings for color, typography, and even buttons.

Header Elements: Kadence Pro comes with so many Header Elements, that you might never need a page builder.

Advanced Typography: You get an option of font pairing. In case you aren’t sure which fonts are best to pair.

Schedule/Expire Elements: Schedule and apply expiry of hooked elements on a specific date (Kadence Pro).

Multiple Color Palettes & Integration: Comes with 3 Color Palettes and integrates its global colors with colors of the page builder you use.

Awesome Layouts: Page Layout, Search Page Layouts, 404 Page Layout, Blog Post Layout and Category Page Layouts are the best

Related Posts With Carousel: Built-in related post feature with sliding carousel.

Sticky Footer: Single click sticky footer for the entire site.

What’s Good About Blocksy Theme?

Similarly, Blocksy too is a multipurpose block-based theme. To be ahead of the competition, the developers have made this theme lightweight, mobile responsive, and used high-end technologies like React, WebPack, and Babel.

is blocksy a good theme

All of this provides a multitude of features for building any kind of WordPress website.

The points which make Blocksy good and stand out from the crowd are;

Gutenberg-Compatible: Blocksy is 100% compatible with Gutenberg editor and blocks, giving you a solid block-editor experience.

Header/Footer Elements: Header and Footer builder support multiple elements with an option for you to duplicate elements and use in multiple places. More elements in premium version.

Granular Design Control: Offers you multiple page/post layouts, style post elements by activating Post Types Extra extension, and detailed sidebar controls.

Lazy Loading: Comes with Native Lazy Loading system to make your website load faster.

Live Search: Your visitors get to see instant results as they keep typing their queries. No need to download a third-party Live Search plugin.

Custom Sidebars: Create different sidebars for different types of pages, or display them accordingly to role or user login conditions (Blocksy Pro).

Google Fonts: Pull from your own web server (Blocksy Pro).

Whitelabel: This allows you to replace the original branding with yours. Simply start the extension (from Blocksy Pro) and customize it all (Blocksy Pro).

WooCommerce Extra: An extension under Blocksy Pro that lets you add Product Quick View, Floating Add To Cart, Wishlist, and AJAX Add To Cart (Blocksy Pro).

For more information about what’s there in Blocksy free and premium theme go through Blocksy free vs pro article.


Is Kadence Faster Than Blocksy Theme?

This is one of the most important parameters in today’s time, especially after the Core Web Vitals update.

For performing a Kadence vs Blocksy speed test, I have performed the activities on a single website, one after another. Meaning, I have completed the speed tests on Google PageSpeed Insights, Pingdom, and GTMetrix for Kadence and Blocksy themes.

Since I’ve used a single website for testing purposes, both the themes were tested on the same Hosting.

Plus, tests were carried out on a specific blog post page carrying tables, multiple images and a featured image.

This activity involved no Caching Plugin or Page Builders on the website.

Kadence Website Speed Test

Firstly, done on Google PageSpeed Insights.

A performance of 93 on Mobile and 97 on Desktop is good. A huge concern I found here was that Lazy Loading on images prevented them to load sooner.

Similarly, performed on Pingdom Website Speed Test Tool.

More or less the same like the one seen under Google PageSpeed Insights.

Finally, on GTMetrix.

I needed to optimize images and a caching plugin can more or less solve the remaining CSS minification issues.

Note:- I have deleted the KadenceWP theme and Kadence Pro plugin before installing the Blocksy theme with the Blocksy Companion Pro plugin.

Blocksy Website Speed Test

Similarly done with Kadence theme, we are first going to run the speed test using Google Page Speed Insights on the same blog post.

And Desktop…

The results shown are 91 on Mobile and 98 on Desktop. That is very close to how Kadence Performed on Google PageSpeed Insights.

Let’s look at the Pingdom results.

Lastly, on GTMetrix.

Kadence vs Blocksy Speed Test Summary

With the website tested on three different platforms we can summarize;

ThemePerformancePage SizeLoad TimeRequests
Kadence92417.6KB3.13s23
Blocksy91313.7KB2.58s26

Both the themes are more or less very close to each other in terms of speed performance.

With the results seen on a live blog post with header elements, multiple images, links, and buttons; I would say both Blocksy and Kadence fall under the category of fastest WordPress themes.

However, it took half a second lesser for the Blocksy theme to load my blog post, compared to KadenceWP.

Winner: Blocksy


Header and Footer Builders are modern WordPress theme functionalities. Nowadays, almost all good and popular themes come with a Header builder and a separate Footer builder.

If a theme follows a freemium model, then the free version theme comes with basic Header and Footer elements. While the premium or pro version offers a fully functional Header & Footer Builder in the theme customizer with, all the elements included.

Blocksy and Kadence are no different. The company follows the same standards.

Both Kadence and Blocksy have a limited number of Header and Footer elements in their free version.

Blocksy vs Kadence Header Builder

blocksy vs kadence header elements in free version
Kadence Free vs Blocksy Free Header Elements

Apart from the Account header element, both the themes share similar header elements in their free version.

Note: Sticky & Transparent Headers are located under the Headers Tab, in the Blocksy Theme.

But they start to differ in their premium versions.

Blocksy Pro vs Kadence Pro  header builder
Blocksy Pro & Kadence Pro Theme

Observe the Cloning point on elements- Button, Contacts, Divider, HTML, and Socials. It lets you create duplicate elements and place it anywhere amongst the three header rows.

Note: Conditional Headers are a part of Blocksy Pro and Kadence Pro Theme. In the Blocksy theme, it can be found under the Headers Tab.

Let us quickly go through the Footer elements in free and premium versions of both themes.

blocksy free vs kadence free footer elements
Blocksy Free vs Kadence Free Footer Elements

In the free versions, both the themes have identical elements.

But, that’s not the case in premium versions.

blocksy vs kadence footer elements
Blocksy Pro vs Kadence Pro Footer Elements

Blocksy Pro offers Buttons, Contacts, and Socials elements with cloning.

The biggest difference to note here is that you get a Logo element in Blocksy’s premium theme.

Most companies apply a thick border line white logo with no fill color. That goes very well with the dark background color in footers.

One more thing that’s possible in Kadence theme is that you can enable Sticky Footer. Although, you will need certain CSS codes since there will overlapping issues on screens other than desktop.

Note: For enabling Sticky Header, Transparent Header, and Sticky Footer in Blocksy themes, you’ve got to install and activate the Blocksy Companion Plugin.


Kadence Elements vs Blocksy Content Blocks

Okay, this comparison involves a premium version of both the themes.

Elements or Content Blocks are a crucial part required for website customization. Everyone has a different taste of customizing their sites. They are Theme Hooks that extend the theme’s customization according to the user.

A user can apply custom codes, design the element accordingly, and place the hook on a certain part of the site.

Kadence has that module called as Elements, and Blocksy calls it Content Blocks.

Both Kadence Pro and Blocksy Pro offer you almost identical hooks.

With Kadence Pro Hooked Elements, you get to choose to create Default Element, Fixed Element, and a Code Element.

kadence elements
Kadence Pro Elements

A Default Element allows you to create any type of block like a Gutenberg Block, Kadence Block, or even any other page builder block.

Fixed Elements are more or less like Default Elements, with one difference in them. They have a variety of placement options.

Finally, the HTML Editor Element allows you to create a hook via HTML code.

Blocksy Content Blocks offers the following;

blocksy content blocks
Blocksy Pro Content Blocks

It lets you create a Default Element, Fixed Element, HTML Code Element, PopUp Template, 404 Template, Header Template, and Footer Template.

The differences seen between Blocksy and Kadence elements are;

  • Kadence offers Scroll Effects in Placement for its Fixed Element, Blocksy does not have that option yet.
  • Blocksy lets you create a Pop Up Content Block, this is a coming soon feature in Kadence Blocks.
  • Blocksy gives the opportunity to create a 404 Template, Header Template and Footer Template from scratch. This is not seen with Kadence Pro (unless using Kadence Blocks).

Blocksy vs Kadence – Page, Post & Category Layouts

When it comes to layouts, everyone prefers a theme that gives the most number of options.

The overall layout structure offered by both of these themes is kind of the same. Similar widths, column types, horizontal & vertical alignment, etc.

But, what about Page Layout, Single Post Layout, and Category Layout?

Kadence and Blocksy Default Page Layout

Kadence themes, both free and pro come with 5 different page layouts. Whereas, Blocksy only offers 4 default page layouts.

kadence vs blocksy page layouts
Blocksy vs Kadence Page Layouts

These page layouts include normal width, narrow width, full width (best for landing pages), page with left sidebar, and page with right sidebar.

Blocksy does not offer a full-width page layout.

Share Box Option

With the ever-increasing demand for sharing, Blocksy includes a Share Box button with multiple design features to enrich your social sharing section.

Blocksy offers the Share Box feature on its Pages and Single Blog Posts.

blocksy share box

Kadence does not offer this feature yet. However, one can create a share box with multiple social sharing buttons via Kadence Blocks.

But, having a feature within the theme makes it much easier.

Options given to customize the Share Box in Blocksy Pro Theme are so cool.

blocksy share box settings
Blocksy Share Box Settings

Besides, you even wouldn’t need to write CSS code for creating the social links as ‘No Follow’

Author Box

Both Blocksy and Kadence offer Author Box. But, Blocksy allows you to set post counts and author’s social links within the Author Box.

blocksy vs kadence author box
Blocksy vs Kadence Author Box

These options are not available in Kadence themes, both free and pro, and you will either need to write CSS code or create it via Kadence Blocks.

It is just easy and better to have an in-built feature that supports a number of posts written by a specific author and his/her social profile links.

This way you never have to worry about CSS code for that part at least.

Blocksy Author Page

When comparing between Kadence vs Blocksy, I would like to stress a small feature that is only visible in the Blocksy theme.

That’s called an Author Page.

For a Blogger, having this feature in-built within a theme is just marvellous.

Let’s say on your website (blog site) you are the only author for the first six months. Then it just happens that you need a dedicated writer, followed by a team of writers.

What about that time?

At that point of time author pages are really required.

Author Pages really help your site gain authority within the search engine’s algorithm. Search engines tend to give more importance and weightage to your site’s writers according to the post or category they write for.

This way your site starts gaining topical authority not only via categories but also via authors.

Blocksy offers a dedicated Author Page with generic features to customize.

Moreover, you get Card Options to showcase all your authors or writers in a card format with their meta information. All cards can be created clickable.

blocksy author page
Blocksy Author Page

Unfortunately, this is not seen in the Kadence theme.

You will not need to add a custom author profile page if you are working with Blocksy Theme.

Blocksy Reading Progress Bar

blocksy vs kadence read pro

With the Blocksy Pro theme, you get Premium Extensions displayed on the main Blocksy Dashboard.

From Blocksy Dashboard go to Extensions, click on Pro Extensions and then click on Activate Post Extras.

Once you activate Post Extras, you get the ability to add Custom Fields to archive cards, featured images for category archives, and a Reading Progress Bar for Single Posts.

The Blocksy Read Progress option also gives you features to set the height, auto-hide, visibility on devices, and colors.

Kadence does not offer this feature.

Related Posts help your readers to stay on-site much longer, reducing your site’s overall bounce rate. They automatically find related content, mostly via category or tags, and insert articles under the post.

Not only do they increase user engagement, but also help in keeping your blog look fresh and up-to-date.

Both Kadence and Blocksy offer Related Posts feature under Single Blog Posts customizer settings.

But, what we are going to see are the differences in this feature, offered by both the themes.

In Kadence theme you get a simple toggle switch to enable/disable Related Posts, make columns, and decide upon fonts & colors.

kadence related posts
Kadence Related Posts

Whereas, with the Blocksy theme you can set the display of Related Post columns and posts according to device; Desktop, Tablet, and Mobile. The Related Criteria given is via Category or Tag and can be sorted according to Most Recent, Most Commented, or Random.

blocksy related posts
Blocksy Related Posts

Moreover, it also gives you the options to choose between 5 different image sizes and Meta Elements like Author, Published Date, Updated Date, Taxonomies, Comments, and Read Time.

Kadence does not offer these many in-depth setting options for Related Posts, instead, you get an Endlessly Loop Related Carousel feature.

Blocksy vs Kadence Sticky Sidebars

Sticky Sidebars are the best feature available in any theme.

I have purposefully kept them under comparing Blocksy vs Kadence Layouts, since they form an integral part of how a website’s page would look like.

Both Kadence and Blocksy offers Sticky Sidebar feature. By using the sticky sidebar, one can make Table of Contents, About The Author, Best Posts section and gain more CTR overall.

kadence sticky sidebar
Kadence Sticky Sidebar

With the Sidebar Sticky feature, Kadence also offers only the Last Widget Sticky option. Meaning, you could only stick the last widget for your visitors to experience only last widget sticky on their viewport.

Blocksy goes an extra mile over here, with Blocksy you can add multiple last widgets to be sticky.

Blocksy vs kadence - blocksy sticky sidebar
Blocksy Sticky Sidebar With Multiple Widgets Sticky

For example, I have 3 widgets and would like to showcase last 2 widgets as sticky, then I could do that.

Isn’t that just great.

Stick a widget which displays your best posts and also display an email opt-in to capture leads.

This way you are capable of increasing CTR to those posts and/or capture your website leads.

Unlike other themes, both Blocksy and Kadence offers sticky sidebar with their free version itself.

Kadence vs Blocksy Page & Post Layout Overview

With so many similarities and very less differences, it becomes difficult to judge without a simple tabular overview.

Therefore I decided to showcase all the small differences in the following table.

Features SummaryKadenceBlocksy
Page Layouts54
Share BoxNoYes, pages & posts
Author BoxYes, no extra settingsYes, with author’s
post counts & social links
Author PageNoYes, with conditional sidebars
& cards option
Read ProgressNoYes
Related PostsYes, with related carouselYes, complete related posts
granular control
Sticky SidebarYes, 1 last widget stickyYes, multiple last
widget sticky

Apart from the above features, nearly everything else under Pages and Posts Layout was identical.

Based on the above information, you can decide whether you’d want to go with Kadence or Blocksy.


Kadence Pro vs Blocksy Pro Conditional Sidebars

Conditional Sidebars are nothing different from normal sidebars. They just have a few conditions based on display rules and/or user login activities.

Use Case

On a WooCommerce WordPress website, you could run a regular sidebar on Shop Page and Product Page. Create a conditional sidebar for blog posts that only appear on single post articles.

This is a premium feature and is only seen in Blocksy Pro theme.

For accessing this feature, you need to go to Blocksy Dashboard, click on Extensions, followed by Pro Extensions.

blocksy conditional sidebars
Blocksy Conditional Sidebars

Unfortunately, this is not available with Kadence Pro. If you’d like to achieve it while using Kadence theme, then you will need to manually create it using Kadence Blocks. This followed by using Kadence Elements (to create hook), and applying CSS to style the sidebar


Blocksy vs Kadence WooCommerce Features

Both Kadence and Blocksy are amazing themes that integrate very well with WooCommerce.

The premium versions, i.e., Blocksy Pro and Kadence Pro give additional features under WooCommerce.

Things like Sticky Cart, AJAX Add to Cart, Sales Badge, Product Gallery layouts Wishlist functionality, and a few more are not available in the free version of the themes.

Most of the WooCommerce features in both these WordPress themes are alike, but I’d like to base my opinion on the differences between Blocksy and Kadence.

Store Notice & Single Product Layout

According to WooCommerce, Store Notice is a site-wide message that is displayed to everyone that visits your store.

A message can be informational or promotional. This entirely depends upon the storekeeper. Meaning, the site owner.

Two differences noticed are that Kadence allows you to Hang Store Notice message over the top. Meaning, above the Header.

blocksy vs kadence store notice woocommerce
WooCommerce Store Notice

Plus, with Kadence you also get to Enable/Disable the Store Notice Dismiss button.

These two things are not observed with the Blocksy theme.

First of all, I would like to point out a difference between the Single Product Page Layouts between both the themes. Kadence offers you 5 Single Product page layouts whereas, Blocksy come down to 4.

blocksy vs kadence woocommerce single product layout
Blocksy vs Kadence WooCommerce Single Product Layout

A site-wide layout would be really good in case when related products were displayed in a moving carousel at the bottom, and there wasn’t any need for a sidebar.

When comparing their product elements, you will be surprised to see that Kadence offers two more elements, Price and Extra.

blocksy vs kadence woocommerce single product elements

Apart from displaying the price, the element Price also lets you add shipping information and the Extras element lets you add multiple product features text.

Blocksy does not have these 2 elements. But, what it does have is Sales Badge, Share Box, and a Floating Cart feature.

Generally speaking, the options available under Product Catalog/Archives for both themes are almost identical.

The basic needs of customizing Title, giving a shop layout, enabling/disabling shop page elements are all there in both themes.

As a matter of fact, both Kadence and Blocksy go the extra mile and try to give you the freedom of designing every bit.

But, I do want to mention minute differences that came into my mind when I used both of them.

Blocksy allows for Shop Title Parallax Effect on all devices-desktop, tablet, mobile.

Blocksy Product Archives

Blocksy theme also comes with a Cards Options section in their Product Archives Customizer settings.

Blocksy WooCommerce Gallery Options
Blocksy WooCommerce Gallery Options

WooCommerce plugin installed in Kadence Pro offers basic image settings just like the ones available in many other WordPress themes.

Whereas, Blocksy opens up a whole new dimension of Gallery Options for Single Product pages.

Options available with this feature are, customizing the gallery, designing the gallery, applying image size-to-ratio settings.

Moreover, you also get Lightbox and Zoom Effect features within the theme itself. Of course, that is with Blocksy Pro, where you will need to enable a Pro extension called, WooCommerce Extras.

These nice little features are not available with Kadence Pro.

Products Wishlist

Blocksy Products Wishlist

Wishlist is a powerful feature in WooCommerce, it increases user engagement and shares per product. One of the most useful features of Wishlist is that you get your user’s lead.

Besides, it should always be taken into consideration that not all visitors will always buy everything that they see.

So how do you reach them before they try to buy that same product from your competitor’s site?

The answer is Wishlist.

It allows your visitors to save items into their favorite list so that they can buy them at a later date.

Moreover, I would look at it in a way that Wishlist gives you an idea of what’s most loved on your website. Plus, you get to reach them via email.

By default, you get this functionality with Blocksy Pro.

Wishlist isn’t available in Kadence theme, and you might have to install a Wishlist WordPress plugin.

Isn’t it great when you install less number of plugins and get most of the features from the theme itself

WooCommerce
Features Summary
KadenceBlocksy
Store Notice3 Placement Locations,
Enable/Disable Dismiss Button
2 Placement Locations
Single Product Layout5 Product Layouts4 Product Layouts
Additional Product ElementsPrice, ExtrasSales Badge, Share Box,
Floating Cart
Product ArchivesNo Parallax Effect for Page TitleOffers Parallax Effect
& Cards Options
Single Product Gallery SettingsBasicHighly Detailed
Products WishlistNoYes

Other than the features shown in the table above, everything else is almost identical when talking about Blocksy vs Kadence WooCommerce features.


Kadence vs Blocksy Colors & Typography

When we talk about a theme, understanding the theme’s default color and typography options is a must.

This is what makes your site look uniquely professional on the Internet.

Colors

Both Kadence and Blocksy provide multiple colors for each part of your site.

Kadence offers 9 colors in its color palette, whereas Blocksy gives 8 colors to style your site.

kadence vs blocksy color palettes
Blocksy vs Kadence Color Palettes

Given a choice, I would go with Blocksy. Not because there’s a color lesser than Kadence, but Blocksy offers 15 Global Color Palettes to save, use, and reuse them over and over again.

The pro version of Kadence even gives a Color Palette Switch to enable/disable Dark Mode on the entire website.

Typography

Blocksy makes all your Typography tasks super simple, by giving everything related to fonts, under the Typography section.

blocksy typography
Blocksy Typography

Base Font, Heading 1-6, Blockquote, Button, Preformatted and Fallback fonts; everything under Theme Customize >> Typography.

Saying that you can also choose the font, adjust the size, height, spacing, font transform, decoration, and weight from the same place.

Having it all in one place is an advantage of quickly getting things ready and going.

When you switch to Blocksy Pro, it gives you options to connect your Adobe Fonts Project and use them within your Blocksy Theme Customizer.

blocksy pro fonts
Blocksy Pro Fonts

You also get to upload custom fonts and choose Google Fonts to serve from your own web server.

Just like Blocksy, Kadence also offers all in one place typography settings.

From the base font, H1-H6 headings, above title content, and Google Font Subsets; all under Customizer >> Typography.

For applying different fonts to Buttons, Pages, Single Blog Posts, and Category Pages, you can change the fonts from their respective locations under the Customizer.

The best feature under Kadence Typography is that it offers a new feature of Font Pairing.

blocksy vs kadence font pairing
Kadence Font Pairing

This is good for people who have no knowledge of design and UI/UX. Choose the one that suits your brand and let your entire website shine uniquely.

Choose Blocksy or Kadence For Colors & Typography

Blocksy offers a lot of Global Color Palettes when compared to Kadence. Practically, there is no such need for so many color palettes.

Whereas, Kadence offers a unique feature in Typography called Font Pairing.

This is one feature I would love to implement when I am making a new site for myself or my client. The hardest part of Font Pairing is already done for you.

You just need to choose from the default pairs available and keep the one that would suit your type of business and your brand.

Therefore, when it comes to Colors and Typography, I would want to go with Kadence Pro.


Blocksy vs Kadence Starter Sites

Blocksy integrates very well with page builders like Elementor and Brizy.

So, at the time of writing, you get a total of 17 starter sites to choose from. Almost all starter sites work with Gutenberg and are free to use.

blocksy starter sites
Blocksy Starter Sites

Sites are based on the garden and outdoor, portfolio, pet, wedding, web agency, product reviews, news, travel, shop, law firm, food and drink, etc.

Since, Kadence has been in the WordPress eco-space for a longer time compared to Blocksy, they have got a total of 32 starter sites (at the time of writing).

Just like Blocksy, Kadence site templates have a variety of starter sites to choose from different verticals.

kadence starter templates
Kadence Starter Templates

But, there is one thing about Kadence that I would like to mention. Kadence not only offers you the option to import a site, but also lets you import a single page from that site. This is not possible with the Blocksy theme.

Starter SitesKadenceBlocksy
Page Builder IntegrationGutenberg, ElementorGutenberg, Elementor,
Brizy
Other Optionallows import of
single page
prompts for installing
Blocksy Child Theme
Free28All
Pro4None
Total3218

Blocksy vs Kadence Other Differences

Finally, I would like to share few differences that I have observed while using both the themes.

Lazy Loading

With the requirement of quick loading speeds it is advised to always select a theme that offers lazy loading, by default.

Lazy loading helps in delaying load of objects until and unless they are actually needed by the website visitor. Apparently, helping your page speed to improve in a big way.

Blocksy has Lazy loading by default, and this is not seen with the Kadence theme.

Trending Posts is an added extension that you get after you install the free version of Blocksy.

This feature is highly beneficial if you are running a news site, and want to display the latest news on a section that is always visible to your visitors.

With Kadence WP Theme you do not get this feature.

White Label

White Label lets you hide all types of licensing information and other important theme components from your clients.

As per the latest information of coming soon features, on the Kadence website, White Label is still yet to come.

While Blocksy Pro already has this feature. Although, you do not get to see it in the free version of Blocksy.


Kadence vs Blocksy Documentation

As far as documentation is concerned, Blocksy and Kadence WordPress themes have a couple of official docs on their website.

Although the content does not count to the ones we see with the themes that have an established market from the last 5 years.

But, that’s enough. Considering both the themes have just started out in the WordPress community.

On their official websites, Kadence WP has almost 50+ tutorial articles and Blocksy offers 75+ tutorials related to General How To, Header Builder, Footer Builder, Extensions, Customizer Settings, Pro Addons, etc.

They do have their official YouTube Channel with video content available.

Like I said, you can’t compare their documentation with themes that are running for quite some time.


Pricing

This is the final and the most important parameter to compare. You are obviously going to make a sound decision after knowing their pricing options.

Blocksy and Kadence follow a freemium model. Meaning, they have their free versions and pro ones too.

blocksy pricing
Blocksy Pricing
Blocksy PricingYearlyLifetime
Personal$49$149
Professional$69$199
Agency$99$299

Note:- Site Licenses and all the other Pro features are same in the yearly and lifetime packages.

Important information to grasp before heading to Kadence WP pricing. All Blocksy products come with a 100% No Risk Money Back Guarantee with a refund period of 14 days.

kadence theme price
Kadence WP Pricing

Note:- Essential & Full Bundle are offered on annual membership. For a lifetime package, one has to go with ‘Lifetime Full Bundle’

The reason Kadence theme price range starts from $129, is because they are offering Kadence Blocks Pro and all of their Pro Starter Templates. Kadence Blocks is a premium WordPress Block Editor.

All Kadence products come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.


FAQs – Blocksy vs Kadence

Is Kadence a free theme?

Kadence WordPress theme follows the freemium model. Meaning, it has a free and a pro version. So, yes. Kadence is a free theme and is available in the WordPress theme repository.

How do I download Kadence theme?

If you want to download the free Kadence theme, go to the WordPress themes section, search for Kadence. Click on Install and activate. If you want to download the premium plugin, you will have to pay for it.

Is Blocksy a Page Builder

No, Blocksy is a premium WordPress theme. Although it has a header and footer builder with drag and drop capabilities, but it is not a page builder.

Does Elementor work with Kadence?

Elementor is a page builder and Kadence is a WordPress theme. Page builders are meant to work for themes. So, yes, Elementor works with Kadence WordPress theme.

Is Blocksy theme fast?

Blocksy is built using the latest web technologies and keeping performance in mind they have even given lazy loading as a built-in feature. Blocksy already minifies CSS and reduces JavaScript up to a great extent. Blocksy is also considered one of the 10 fastest WordPress themes.

Is Blocksy better than Astra?

When comparing these two themes, Astra is a theme that has been there from a long time. Comparatively, Blocksy is a new comer in the market. Looking at all the features Blocksy currently has and also considering speed performance, I would say Blocksy performs well and also offers way too many features than Astra Pro. Thus, Blocksy is better than Astra theme.

Conclusion

Blocksy and Kadence are two modern-age WordPress themes. They are not only fast and mobile-friendly but also filled with lots of features.

Developers of both these themes have made the theme so simple, that the requirement of coding is merely ruled out. If you’d really want to create something that isn’t available within the theme, then I’d suggest you go with Kadence Blocks for Kadence theme and Stackable for Blocksy theme.

Kadence will be a good fit if you are thinking of starting a new blog. Whereas, Blocksy would fit perfectly fine for an ecom store. I am saying this by looking at the way the options are presented in both themes.

It is a very tough decision to make. Since both of them outrank each other in some of the other ways.

Considering all the factors, if I’d have to choose only one, I would go with Blocksy Pro for the few features that Blocksy has in its theme and Kadence doesn’t.

Secondly, for a beginner, price is always a major factor. Blocksy has a budget-friendly package that supports up to 1 single license.


Ankur Purecha

I am in love with WordPress, building websites, doing SEO, and all that kind of stuff. I generally write about WordPress, Blogging, and SEO on BloggingIdol

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