Carmela Theme Preview

Carmela is a clean, minimalist, responsive theme perfect for sharing your world. Use Carmela for a personal blog or define a static Front Page – with or without a right sidebar – and keep relevant information for your users front and center.

Responsive Design: Ready for Mobile Devices

Carmela responsive design

Carmela is a responsive theme. It looks perfect on mobile devices and big desktop screens, and gives the ultimate in readability to your users.

Colorful Theme

Carmela has a delicate but upbeat color palette with an informal yet lovely look.

Carmela sidebar

Customizing Carmela

Carmela supports Custom Headers, making it easy to add your own header image instead of using the default site title. For more options like Custom CSS, font changes, and more custom color options, buy the Custom Design upgrade.

From the Customizer, you can easily make Carmela your own. Set up your blog title, set the number of posts that display on your front page, or choose a custom menu for your main navigation.

Carmela also comes with four widget areas. Use the first section to customize the left sidebar on your posts page with your favorite widgets, and the other three to display relevant information in your site’s footer.

carmela social icon

Finally, Carmela lets you to easily link your blog to social media profiles like Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Fifteen social profile icons are available to display in your footer.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. The main column width is 750.
  2. The sidebar width is 360.
  3. The footer widget area widths are 360.
  4. Featured Images are 720 wide by unlimited height on sticky posts, and as header images on single posts and pages.

Getting Started

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.

carmela Customizer

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.

Carmela Add 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.