Import demo data: cannot get the front page to display as in the demo

Hello,

The title says it all.
What did I do wrong?

Thank you

Hello There,

Did you do automatic import with Import Demo Data menu under Dashboard > Appearance?

If homepage isn’t automatically assigned, go to Settings > Reading; and enable static page for homepage displays.

Regards,
Kharis

All that had been done unfortunately.
For the record:
Vlad investigated yesterday and the most probable issue seems to be that my hosting company is blocking http traffic to the demo archive servers (no error was reported when importing though).
Importing theme contents via wordpress importer did the trick.