The Kadence theme allows you to make elegant designs throughout your site. Many features and settings let you change various aspects of your theme. However, sometimes you need more functionality or versatility than what is provided by Kadence out of the box. Whatever your situation, if you need a child theme, Kadence provides the Kadence Child Theme Builder plugin. The Child Theme Builder plugin allows you to easily create Child Themes by filling out some information and clicking a button!
If you’ve purchased the Kadence Full Bundle, you can download the Child Theme Builder plugin from the Products Downloads tab in your My Account section https://www.kadencewp.com/my-account/my-api-downloads/. After downloading and installing the plugin, make sure you activate the plugin in the Kadence License Activation area of your admin dashboard.
After your copy of the plugin has been activated, you can quickly begin using it to create child themes.
Child Theme Config
Navigate to the Child Builder from your admin dashboard, and WordPress will present you with the Child Theme Config tab.
- Child Theme Name: Enter the name of your child theme. If left empty, the default name will be “Pro Design.”
- Child Theme Slug: This is the folder name for the child theme. If left empty, the default slug will be “child-theme-name.” Slugs should be unique and should not contain spaces.
- Author: Enter the name of the author of the child theme. If left empty, the name will be “Pro Author.”
- Child Theme Description: Fill in a description of the child theme. If left empty, the default description is “Child Theme Description.”
- Child Theme Screenshot: Upload an image to serve as the theme’s screenshot. This field is REQUIRED, and there is no default WordPress will not install the theme generated via the Child Theme Builder plugin if you do not upload a photo for this field.
- Optional – Theme URL: The default theme URL is n/a.
- Optional – Author URL: The default author URL is n/a.
- Optional – Version: The default version is 1.0.
After filling out the Child Theme Config options, you can save your changes by pressing the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page. Saving your changes will keep your settings for future use. Remember, you must upload a Child Theme Screenshot! Failure to do so will result in a failed installation when you try to install your child theme. Remember that the plugin will still generate a child theme without a screenshot.
When you have saved your changes, click the Generate Child Theme tab at the top of the form. Then, click the Generate Child Theme button.
Demo Import Config
You can also create a child theme that allows your user to import a demo configuration using the Kadence Starter Templates plugin. Kadence provides many starter templates, and you can create your own. The Demo Import Config option will allow you to create custom child themes with a custom branding experience during installation.
- Template Name: This field is required. Give your starter template a name. There is no default value. Without this input, the Starter Template plugin will not find your starter template.
- Template Preview URL: Lists the URL for a preview of the template.
- Template Preview Image: This is the other required field in this tab. Without a Template Preview Image (or a Template Name), the Kadence Starter Template plugin will not locate your child theme to import your demo.
- Template Brand Name: Enter the name of your brand.
- Template Brand Logo: You can also upload a logo for your brand.
After filling out the Demo Import Config settings, save your changes and generate your child theme. If you have correctly configured your Child Theme Config and Demo Import Config, you can import your starter template using the Kadence Starter Templates plugin. You can easily import content and settings and let your user know what plugins are required.