Blocksy vs Kadence – Which Theme is Better in 2022

blocksy kadence comparison

Blocsky and Kadence are 2 of the most popular and trending WordPress themes of the last year. Both themes disrupted the theme market by launching unique features focused on Gutenberg editor.

Let’s find out which one is better for your needs and why you should choose one over another, or maybe use both?

1. Introduction

What is Blocksy

Blocksy is a lightweight, modern looking, fast and SEO friendly WordPress theme created by 2 guys from Moldova – Sergiu and Radu. These folks are passionate about their product and very helpful when it comes to client support.

What is Kadence

Kadence is a trending theme created by Ben Ritner – a WordPress developer living in Missoula, Montana. He is the man behind Kadence WP, the company which runs other successful products like: Kadence Blocks, Kadence Cloud, etc.

2. Installations and Ratings

Both themes are trending in the WordPress.org themes repository and are listed under the popular category.

Blocksy reached 50,000 active installations in just 1 year and has an overall 5 stars rating, based on 600 reviews.

Kadence reached 100,000 active installations in just 1 year and has an overall 4.9 stars rating, based on 144 reviews.

ThemeInstallationsAverage Rating
Blocksy60,000+5 out of 5 stars; 651 reviews ★★★★★
Kadence100,000+4.9 out of 5 stars; 156 reviews ★★★★★

3. Who Copied Whom?

There was a dispute initiated by users who noticed that Kadence looks very similar to Blocksy and there was a suspicion that Kadence actually copied Blocksy.

I don’t think that Kadence copied Blocksy, although it looks like they got a lot of inspiration from there, as Blocksy was launched a bit earlier.

Even if they copied, which is hard to prove, they had the right to do so, as WordPress is an open source platform covered by GNU General Public License (GPL), allowing users to run, study, modify and distribute the software.

That being said, competition is good for the market and everyone gets inspiration from other products. At the end of the day, it’s the end user who benefits from the competition.

4. Customization

Blocsky

Once you install and activate the theme you’ll be asked to install the Blocsky Companion plugin. It offers a set of additional features, extensions and starter sites.

install blocksy companion suggestion

After you install the Companion plugin you’ll get a dedicated area under the Dashboard section. In the Home area you have shortcuts allowing you to adjust specific areas of your site like header, footer, blog archive, etc.

blocksy admin customizer shortcuts

All the customizations are available under Appearance –> Customize in WordPress admin. The options are well organized, easy to use and understand. Also, there is a dark mode, which is kinda cool.

blocksy customizer wordpress

There is also a side panel where you can define the layout for your page/post and disable specific elements like: title, featured image, post tags, author box, etc.

blocksy side panel

Kadence

Kadence is very easy to customize and use. Most of the options related to visual appearance are available in the WordPress Customizer (Appearance –> Customize).

wp customizer kadence theme

Kadence offers tons of customization options. You can adjust pretty much everything from the Customizer: fonts, colors, layout width, background, sidebar, buttons and many more.

The theme includes a side panel with additional post/page options. You can access it when you edit a post or page. I find this panel handy, as it gives you more control on what elements to display or hide.

page settings kadence theme wordpress admin

There is also a dedicated section located under Appearance –> Kadence. From there, you can access specific customization features, activate your Pro license, enable/disable Pro add-ons, see the changelog and access the documentation.

kadence-theme-options-admin

5. Features

Blocsky

The free version of Blocksy theme is packed with a multitude of handy options.

Blocksy has more ecommerce related features and integrates really well with WooCommerce.

It also provides some built-in extensons via the Blocksy Companion plugin. These are:

  • Cookie consent
  • Subscribe to newsletter
  • Product reviews
  • Trending posts
  • Additional widgets
blocksy companion free extensions

Blocksy has a built-in free header and footer builder which can be accessed via Appearance – Customize – General Options – Header/Footer.

blocksy header builder
blocksy global header sticky

In the header you have 3 rows and 6 columns in each row, where you can drag and drop diverse elements like: menu, logo, socials, HTML and more.

I really like the Display Conditions option, which allows you to display or hide the header on specific pages or even on the whole website.

The footer works in a similar manner, except that you can add up to 6 widgets in any row or column.

Here is a list of some free features available in Blocksy:

  • Header/footer builder
  • Global colors and palettes
  • Global typography
  • Layout customizations
  • Blog layout customization
  • Single post layout options
  • Sticky headers
  • Scroll to top
  • Global buttons
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Social media profiles
  • Form elements
  • Googl Analytics 4 integration

Kadence

Kadence is packed with an impressive amount of features, and the majority of them are free.

One of the most powerful and innovative option is their header/footer builder. Kadence was one of the first themes to provide this functionality in the free version.

In the header, you can up to 3 rows and up to 3 columns in each row. There is a predefined list of items that you can drag and drop. The builder is intuitive and extremely easy to use.

header builder kadence theme

The footer builder works in a similar way, except that you can also add up to 6 widgets.

Here is a list of some free features available in Kadence:

  • Header/footer builder
  • Advanced typography features
  • Advanced layout features
  • Custom blog layouts
  • Global colors and palettes
  • Global button settings
  • Social media links and icons
  • Sticky header
  • Scroll to top
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Responsive design controls
  • Speed and SEO optimized
  • Custom post type support

Kadence also offers some granular options that are not available in other themes.

kadence blog post meta settings

6. SEO and Performance

Blocksy

Blocksy is one of the fastest WordPress themes on the market. It is based on clean code and uses code splitting, so it only loads JavaScript when you really need it.

The guys behind this product are passionate developers and are constantly improving the theme in terms of performance. They’re also open for changes and new features.

It’s not clear whether it’s fully compatible with Google AMP but the theme is blazing fast right out of the box and most of times you won’t need AMP anyway.

Blocksy includes a number of performance features right inside the core. These are available under Appearance – Customize – General Options – Performance.

You can set up the following performance enhancements:

  • Dynamic CSS output
  • Disable emojis script
  • Lazy load images
  • Define image loading animation

Kadence

Kadence is well coded and SEO friendly, so Google and other search engines can discover, index and rank your content accordingly.

It adds some default schema markup and has a built-in breadcrumb generator. However, if you need more advanced options you should use a dedicated SEO plugin.

The theme is compatible with Google AMP and there is a premium plugin if you need more advanced AMP features. You can buy it separately or get it as a part of the Full Bundle.

Kadence is focused on speed, so it doesn’t use heavy JavaScript files and only loads resources that you actually need on a page.

It also has some default optimization features available under Appearance -> Customize -> General -> Performance. These are:

  • Scroll to ID
  • Lightbox
  • Load Google Fonts locally
  • CSS preload

7. Starter Templates

Blocksy

At the moment Blocksy offers 16 starter sites. This isn’t a huge selection, but the team is focused on quality rather than quantity and they are constantly releasing new designs.

blocksy starter sites

If you want to install any of these templates, you need to activate the Blocksy Companion plugin.

In Blocksy you can’t import a single page from a starter site, but have to import the full template. You also have to install a 3rd party Gutenberg blocks plugin like Qubely or Stackable, as Blocksy does’t provide its own block builder just yet.

Kadence

Currently, Kadence offers more than 30 starter templates and the team is doing a good job releasing new themes pretty fast. Most of the templates are free and a few of them are available with the premium plans.

starter templates kadence theme

I like the style of their designs, they look modern, fresh, clean and have been created for different types of sites like: blog, business, ecommerce, travel, etc.

access starter templates kadence

To benefit from these pre-made templates you need to install the Starter Templates plugin and import a full design or a single page at your choice.

When you import a template you can choose a specific color palette and font and instantly see the changes.

import demo options kadence theme

8. Page Builders Support

Blocksy

Blocksy works well with widely used WordPress page builders like:

While you can use Blocksy with any page builder mention above, the team has mainly focused on making the product 100% with the default WordPress Gutenberg editor.

It also woks smoothly with the most popular Gutenberg block builders like Qubely, Stackable, Kadence blocks and other block libraries.

Kadence

Kadence is compatible with the most popular WordPress page builders:

I think that Kadence + Gutenberg is the perfect combination, as you can use the built-in features provided by WordPress and enhance the website using the Kadence Blocks plugin.

If you like the default Gutenberg editor, you can use it to build your whole website with the help of Kadence blocks. If you prefer other page builder, that’s fine, as Kadence will work well with most of them.

9. Integrations

Blocksy

Blocksy doesn’t include a wide number of integrations. However, it’s deeply integrated with WooCommerce and is compatible with major 3rd party plugins.

Here are some available integrations:

  • WooCommerce
  • Toolset
  • Stackable
  • WPML

Kadence

Kadence offers the following major integrations:

  • WooCommerce
  • LearnDash
  • LifterLMS
  • Tutor LMS
  • GiveWP
  • The Events Calendar
  • Restrict Content Pro

That is not a huge selection, but should be enough for most of the users. In any case, you can use a dedicated WordPress plugin if you have specific requirements in terms of functionality and tools.

10. Price – Blocksy Pro vs Kadence Pro

Blocksy Pro

The premium version of Blocksy is packed with an impressive amount of advanced features. Here are some options included in Blocksy Pro:

  • Enhanced header/footer builder
  • Header/footer pro elements
  • Advanced menu
  • Custom sidebars
  • Advanced hooks
  • Custom fonts
  • Adobe Typekit fonts
  • Local Google fonts
  • White label
  • Premium support
  • Extended WooCommerce options

There are 2 types of premium plans: annual and lifetime. Both allow you to use the theme on a limited number of sites, except the Agency plan.

Blocksy Pro stands out by providing white label options, content blocks (hooks) and a deep integration with WooCommerce.

Here is what you get with the premium plans:

PersonalProfessionalAgency
$49/year$69/year$99/year
1 website5 websitesUnlimited websites
Conditional sidebarsConditional sidebarsConditional sidebars
Hooks systemHooks systemHooks system
Custom code snippetsCustom code snippetsCustom code snippets
Advanced menuAdvanced menuAdvanced menu
White labelWhite labelWhite label
Conditional header/footerConditional header/footerConditional header/footer
Advanced WooCommerce featuresAdvanced WooCommerce featuresAdvanced WooCommerce features
Premium supportPremium supportPremium support

Lifetime plans start at $149 and represent a good investment if you want to stay with Blocsky in the long term.

If you’re not satisfied with the product, which is hardly likely, the team will be happy to return your money within 14 days of purchase.

Kadence Pro

Kadence pricing plans used to be confusing. They have simplified their offer and now provide 2 premium plans: Kadence Pro and Kadence Bundles.

Kadence Pro is $79/year and includes the following features:

  • Header add-ons
  • WooCommerce add-on
  • Header/footer scripts
  • Ultimate menu
  • Fixed elements
  • Hooked elements
kadence enable hooked elements

Kadence Bundles include the same list of premium options + Kadence Blocks Pro plugin, all premium starter templates and access to all themes and plugins. The bundles start at $149/year and are well worth the money.

Here is the detailed breakdown of the Kadence premium plans:

Kadence ProEssential BundleFull Bundle
$79/year$149/year$219/year
Use on unlimited sitesUse on unlimited sitesUse on unlimited sites
1 year support and updates1 year support and updates1 year support and updates
30 day satisfaction guarantee30 day satisfaction guarantee30 day satisfaction guarantee
Kadence Theme ProKadence Theme ProKadence Theme Pro
Kadence Blocks ProKadence Blocks Pro
Pro Starter TemplatesPro Starter Templates
Kadence Cloud
Kadence Shop Kit
Kadence AMP
Access to all themes and plugins
Access to all future products

Kadence Pro is impressive by default, but it gets even better when coupled with Kadence Blocks Pro, Kadence Cloud and Kadence Shop Kit.

You get all these tools with the bundle offers, which is a great investment.

11. Support

Blocksy

The documentation page is very well organized, easy to navigate and understand. It also looks clean and modern. I like the design focus of the documentation.

The team offers the following support options:

  • Knowledge base
  • Email support (ticket system)
  • Video tutorials
  • Private Facebook group

I’ve heard good things about the Blocksy support. Customer satisfaction is their top priority and they’re open for changes and improvements.

Their Facebook community is also active and helpful, so you might consider it if you’re browsing social media frequently.

Kadence

Kadence provides the following support channels:

  • Knowledge base
  • Email support (ticket system)
  • Support forums
  • Video tutorials
  • Private Facebook group
  • FAQs

Kadence offers multiple support options and has an active Facebook group where you can ask for help or share your feedback. The best way to get prompt support is by using their email support which is based on tickets (for pro users).

There also a help section where users can suggest new features and vote for existing submissions.

12. Conclusion

Blocksy

Blocksy is an excellent theme for both beginners and advanced users. It’s focused on performance, flexibility, modern design and advanced WooCommerce features.

It provides plenty of features by default, including a free header/footer builder. In addition, it’s covered by a great team of developers who care about their customers.

Kadence

Kadence is a great theme for non technical users who care about site speed, SEO, appearance and like the default Gutenberg editor provided by WordPress.

It’s highly customizable and provides plenty of options right out of the box, including a free header/footer builder. The Pro version offers even more features and is suitable for more advanced users.

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