Nexus is a versatile magazine theme packed full of custom widgets and content modules that give you control over your page. The challenge of any magazine theme is to take massive amounts of content and present it to the reader in a clear and structured manner. Nexus achieves this through a strict grid, typographical hierarchy and a clean layout that gives each element just enough room to breath.
In this article I'll take a closer look at this theme and give a simple guide how to set it up.
What are the main features of Nexus and other themes?
Your website will display beautifully and intuitively on all devices. Nexus uses CSS media queries to trigger different layout sets at various screen sizes.
Theme Options Panel
The ePanel allow you to easily control your website without ever touching a line of code. ePanel allows you to toggle on and off features, adjust your layout, manage advertisements, control colors, optimize for search engines and more! ePanel integrates with the WordPress Dashboard and will appear automatically when you activate any theme purchased at ElegantThemes store.
Designing and organizing your posts has never been easier. With large collection of shortcodes, you can create beautiful and complex layouts without having to delve into a sea of complex code. Shortcodes will greatly improve the functionality and variety of your content without the frustration that comes with learning advanced web development techniques.
Page templates make your life easier by giving you access to pre-made styles and functions. Each template can be applied to an individual page, transforming the way it looks and functions to create additional and unique forms of content. Easily create galleries, contact pages, sitemaps, blog feeds and much more using the Elegant Themes Page Templates
And many, many other: Perpetual Updates, Secure and Valid Code, Browser Compatibility, Complete Localization, Advertisement Areas, Unparalleled Support, Homepage Builder, Unlimited Colors, Custom Widgets
All right, as you know all pros of Nexus, it's time to get started.
I assume that you've already downloaded theme files. Now go to Appearance -> Themes menu link and activate the theme :
So, now the tricky part. If you install Nexus on fresh WordPress setup you can follow this guide, but if you already have some posts published it's necessary to use a Regenerate Thumbnails plugin to update all of your old thumbnails to avoid design inconsistencies.
Import Dummy Content
When you look at default theme install doesn't look nice, but we will handle it! If your install is fresh, you should import dummy content to check all theme functions and get familiar with it. To do this, go to Tools -> Import and install WordPress Import Tool then select WordPress. Get sample data provided by ElegantThemes with Nexus. Upload it and select all fields like screenshot below shows.
Home Page Configuration
The homepage builder allows you to create a variety of homepage layouts. Navigate to Appearance -> Nexus Homepage Builder and select what type of information you would like to display and arrange them in desired order.
The next step is to setup homepage sidebar widgets under Appearance ->Widgets -> Homepage Sidebar ( middle column ). You can put there anything you want, all standard widgets or those provided by Elegant Themes. Check the screenshot.
With six widget areas and plenty of possibilities you can create a various layout number, About Me, Adsense, Advertisement, Centered Ad, Recent Posts, Recent Wideos, Tabbed and Top Authors widgets are available. They all are custom widgets made by ElegantThemes crew.
Nexus has eight built in page templates, which is a great and a sufficient number for most bloggers. You can customize each page with shortcodes like buttons, boxes, toggled content, tabbed content, slideshow, author info and many many more.
Nexus has an integrated ratings system, making it is easy for you to review products or services. It's very easy, under each post you have fields to rate it.
Nexus allows you to easily customize your theme’s colors and background images via the WordPress Theme Customizer. You can quickly change font colors, navigation bar colors, background colors, background images and more.
You have two options to manage ads. The first one is in ePanel where you simply enable or disable ad sections on your site, then just paste image url, destination url and it's all ready. You can add more ads using Adsense, Advertisement, Centered Ad widgets. All are easy to edit and manage. Great feature, no need to edit theme files.
Nexus is a wall made theme, end result is nice and you can have a magazine site out of the box. What is worth to notice, theme is so full of features and options, that a beginner can get lost. But with theme you get detailed documentation which guides you through every step of the installation process also I hope this quick guide is useful.
Nexus works well with Jetpack and this combination give users a killer backend to host magazine website. With all those features and Jetpack you don't have to use extra plugins for social media, comments, ad management, slideshows, gallery and more. Nexus is also easy to customize so will fit any niche that requires magazine template and with all color schemes, layout settings your website will be unique.
All in all I thing Nexus is a high quality WordPress theme with a lot of options and features, but if you will spend some time clicking through you will be rewarded with an attractive website. It's worth spending those $69 and 87 other themes are included! That is the magic of Elegant Themes.