Nexus, a WordPress Theme for Magazine or News sites with bold typography and clean look. Like other Elegant Themes Club’s themes, Nexus also comes with dedicated Theme Option panel (or called as ePanel), WPML compatibility, Multiple Widget options, Inbuilt Shortcode Modules etc. The main difference between Nexus and other themes from ET is the capability to show huge data with cleaner look.
It is best suitable for Technology News or Magazine, Travel Blogs, Wild Life Photography Blogs etc. One can also run a News website using Nexus without much effort. To monetize, Nexus comes with ready Advertisement areas in sidebar, footer etc. Just paste the ad code and the ads will start appearing in a proper way. It is also having Homepage builder which helps in creating beautiful homepage with different ready elements.
If you are running a business related to publishing and media than it is very necessary to have a website to make the people aware of the latest happenings. It is very necessary that the site is presented in such a manner that it catches the eye of your visitors. So after going through many of the available themes, I decided to keep a check on the theme related Magazine as I wanted to build a site related to it. I was looking for a theme with an impressive design, easy to use, good user experience and the theme that avoided the use of plugins. Initially I decided to check the demos and features of various Magazine themes. But none of these theme fulfilled the requirements that I needed from a theme. Finally I came across Nexus theme, it is a theme that was released in late 2013 by Elegant Themes. I was really impressed by the features that were offered by this theme and decided to actually use it and share my views with you. I considered various factors while reviewing this theme and I hope that it will be useful for others for making a wise decision in the future.
Design and UX:
One of the main thing of concern while choosing a theme for your website, it is very important that it provides with a very good user experience and also provides with an impressive design. It is very important that the site should look appealing for the visitors. Nexus theme provides you with the Homepage builder that gives you the control over the entire homepage in order to rearrange and manage the modules easily. It also provides with various options that can be applied for the layout for any post or page. There are also unlimited colors and fonts that can be applied to each section of the site to make it appealing for the visitors. This theme is fully customizable with different custom widgets that are provided. As Social Media plays a very important role for any of the site, so it provides with the social sharing options as well as Advertisements can be displayed for it. I can say that Nexus provided with a very impressive design.
Nexux Theme is very responsive that allows the visitors to easily access the site from anywhere and anytime. It will also give a good user experience to the visitors which will be mobile as well as tablet friendly. Nexus theme looks great on all the devices that will avoid you to zoom and scroll while browsing on other devices.
Ease of Customization:
On the activation of this theme there are different Theme options as well as Homepage Builder that is provided by this theme. It gives you the full control to customize it as per the requirements.
There are different widgets that are provided by this theme and you will find it under:
Appearance >> Widgets
ET About Me Widget: This widget will display the About Me information.
ET Adsense Widget: This widget will display the Adsense Ads.
ET Advertisement: This widget will display the Advertisements.
ET Centered Ad: This widget will display the centered Advertisement.
ET Recent Posts Widget: This widget will display the recent posts.
ET Recent Videos: This widget will display the recent videos.
ET Tabbed Widget: It will display the recent, popular as well as random posts.
ET Top Authors: It will display the top authors.
It provides with 4 Footer areas as well as the Homepage sidebar that will be displayed in the middle and the widgets can be easily dragged and dropped.
2) Nexus Page Settings and Shortcodes:
There are different are different available templates and shortcodes that are available for the theme that can be applied very easily for the Post or Page.
ET Learn More Block: Learn more block can be added from here.
ET Box: Box related to info, warning, download, bio and shadow can be added from here.
ET Button: A button along with the content and link can be easily added from this option.
ET Tabs: It allows to add the tabs along with different effects and contents.
Author Bio: One can add the bio of the author along with the image from here.
There can be a Review Rating that can be added for each of the post along with the header image. This option is present below the Post.
There are different templates that can be easily used and that are provided for each page and those are: Blog Page, Contact Page, Full Width Page, Gallery Page, Login Page, Portfolio Page, Search Page and Sitemap Page.
3) Customizing Theme:
This theme provides with fully loaded theme options and can be customized easily from:
Appearance >> Customize
Colors: One can set Background color, Link color, Main Font Color, Accent Color, Menu Links Color and Active Menu Link Color from this option.
Fonts: One can easily set the header font and body font color by selecting it from the drop down.
Schemes: The color scheme can be selected from here.
Menus: All the settings related to Menus can be done from here.
Widgets: Settings related to Footer and Widgets can be done from here.
4) Nexus HomePage Builder:
Nexus theme provides with easy to use homepage builder that lets you add four different types of content widgets and those are:
Add Recent Posts: It will display the recent posts from a single category.
Add Popular Posts: All the popular posts depending upon the feedback and social interaction will be presented here.
Add Recent Reviews: It will show all the recent reviews along with the ratings.
Add Recent Posts from Several Categories: It will display the recent posts from multiple categories.
5) Nexus Theme Options:
This theme provides with fully loaded theme options and can be accessed from
Appearance >> Theme Options
General Settings – One can easily set the Logo, Favicon, Grabbing first post image, Blog Style Mode, Shop Page Layout, Social Media icons, Number of posts per page, Date format, Responsive shortcodes, Google Fonts subsets and Custom CSS from here.
Navigation – One can exclude the pages and categories from the navigation bar, Showing Dropdown menus, Displaying Home links, Sort Pages Links, Order Pages Links by Ascending/ Descending and Number of Dropdown options that are shown.
Layout Settings – There are 3 different tabs that are available for it such as Single Post Layout, Single Page Layout and General Settings.
a) Single Post Layout will contains Choose which items to display in the post info section and Show comments on posts.
b) Single Page Layout will contain show comments on Pages.
c) General Settings will contain Post Info Section.
Ad Management – All the settings related to add can be done from here such as Enable 728X90 banner in Header, Enable Single Post 468X60 banner and Enable 970X90 banner in Footer. It will also consists of the options to add image URL, image description and destination URL.
SEO – All the settings related to SEO can be done from here. It will consists of the options related to Homepage SEO, Single Post Page SEO and Index Page SEO. According to ones own choice all the settings related to it can be done.
Integration – In order to add third party code in the theme this tab settings can be used. It will allow you to add the code on the header code, body code, single top code as well as single bottom code. This will directly allow you to add the code without touching any other piece of code.
Speed and Load Order:
So far I was really impressed by the features that are supported by Nexus theme, so the other thing of concern for me was the speed and the load time. So I decided to check the Google Page Speed of the Theme. The page speed for mobile devices was 71/100 and for the desktop it was 85/100.
In order to check whether the particular theme followed the standards and practices of WordPress and to scan all its files in order to know about any malicious and unwanted code. I checked it by activating 2 plugins Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC) and Theme Check.
There were certain warnings and errors that were given by the Theme Check that needs to be resolved to improve the speed and load order.
Search Engine Optimization:
Basic search engine optimization is done such as,
Post Title on Blog Archive is in <H2> tag
On Single Post, the title is in <H1> tag
It is advised to use Yoast SEO WordPress plugin for even better SEO for the site.
Nexus Theme provides with the very clean layout for the visitors and provides with a very good user experience. It can be very easily customize according to ones own requirements. This theme is best suited for magazine or blogging website as there are also different widgets that are provided related to Posts. One does not require much technical knowledge to have a better understanding related to the theme. This theme will surely fulfill the requirements that you are looking in a magazine layout theme.
There are different page templates that are provided by this theme.
Homepage Builder is provided by this theme so that one can add 4 different types of content widgets.
It provides with the Custom CSS where one can apply different CSS to different elements.
One can easily arrange the banner ads as per the requirements.
One can easily add the code of integration without touching any line of code
There are different shortcodes that are provided which can be used easily.
This theme does not provide with a page builder.
One is not able to add tagline and site title to the site to give it an identity.