After you activate Carmela, customize the theme under Appearance → Customize.
In the Customizer you’ll find the main customization options: Custom Header, and Custom Menus. You can see changes right away in the Live Preview, so it’s easy and fun to play with your settings. They won’t be applied until you click „save,“ so feel free to try different options.
Creating a Static Front Page
To set up a static front page instead of the default blog, you must first create a new page. Navigate to Pages → Add New. You can give this page any title. Once you’ve selected “Standard” or „Full Width Page“ in the Page Attributes section, click Publish.
Once you have created your new page, navigate to Settings → Reading to configure the Front Page Displays setting. Select the static page option and choose the page you have just created as your Front Page.
Custom Header Image
To customize the Header, go to Appearance → Header, to either choose your own color or upload an image. Carmela hides the header on every page except the front page.
Custom Main Menu and Social Icons Footer Menu
Under Appearance → Menus, you can create Custom Menus for the Main Navigation Menu and a Social Links footer menu.
You can create your custom Main Header Menu by adding custom links, pages, categories, tags or posts. Select your new menu as the “Primary Menu” in the Menu settings, and save your changes by clicking Save Menu.
Carmela has a three-column footer widget area, and an optional right sidebar widget area. If you don’t add any widgets to the Main Sidebar Area, the sidebar won’t be displayed.