Nexus WordPress Theme Review

Review of: Nexus Theme
Product by:
Peter Zaborszky
Price:
39

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On November 1, 2013
Last modified:November 6, 2013

Summary:

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While by no means bad looking, Nexus impresses us with its clean looks, easy navigation, clear presentation of content, and attention to the details of what makes a website great. It is a theme that clearly focus on bringing content to the fore, marrying image and text in an attractive but easy to consume way. It also looks after all the little things that make a website easy to use – advanced search, contact form, a sitemap, and suchlike. If you are a blogger, or want an attractive magazine style website that focuses on text articles, then Nexus is a great choice.

Resident Designer’s Opinion

This article makes deal of how Nexus is all about functionality rather than style, but I feel this sells the theme’s looks a little short. It is true that, unlike some other themes, there is nothing here that jumps out and says ‘look at me!’, but is that what most people want out of a website? I think not. The color scheme; largely black on white, but highlighted tastefully with lime green (which might sound awful but I think it works) and clean layout combine to provide an ascetic that is stylish, but which places content to the fore (which is surely the point).

Highlights

The Nexus theme focuses heavily on functionality, and many of its templates deal with the day-to-day bread and butter of website usability – login screen, search, contact form etc. These are most certainly not glamorous, but are very useful, and are important features often missed by WordPress theme designers.

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There is, for example, only so much you can do with a contact form, but they are essential to a fully featured, user orientated website

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Again, the Advanced Search template is very useful, but is difficult to get too excited about

Layout for the main Category View however is attractive, well laid out, and easy to navigate. There is plenty of room for text on each page, and the sidebar layout allows for easy, at-a-glance navigation.

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We like the smart text popup effect when you roll over the images at the top of the screen

One of the highlights of this Theme is its Story pages. These look glorious, with panoramic style images adorning the top of each article, and plenty of space to write lengthy amounts of text. We are not sure how easy it is to incorporate additional images into these articles though, as none of the example templates have any.

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It’s the little thinks like being able to rate subjects using stars that we like

Again showing a keen eye for website practicalities, advertisement space is incorporated into the side bar on most pages…

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…and each story page comes with a comments section.

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Social media buttons are pretty much par the course these days, but it’s good to see them, and although you can’t see it in the screenshot, they have a quite funky rollover effect.

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Shopping and Blogging

Clearly aimed at content presentation rather than at selling things (although as noted above it does provide space for adverts), Nexus does not include a shopping cart. However, it would excel at as a blogging platform. We have already discussed how individual Story pages look great, and provide lots of room for in-depth articles, so it’s great to see a Blog Feed template that lets readers view Stories as they are written.

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Portfolio and Gallery Layout

Nexus does a good job of making it easy to view images, through both its Image Gallery and various Portfolio templates.

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No wow! effects on show, but it gets the job done just fine. You can choose to either view an image or to jump to its related article

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Images jump up almost full screen, and do so (and disappear again) with a pleasing bounce effect!

The difference between Image Gallery and Portfolio are minimal, except that Portfolio usually includes text and comes in Small, Medium, Large, Orientation (we are not quite clear what clear what this does), With Sidebar, and No Text (which is effectively identical to Image Gallery) varieties.

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Features

  • Perpetual Updates
  • Responsive Design
  • Theme Options
  • Secure and Valid Code
  • Shortcodes
  • Page Template
  • Complete Localization
  • Browser Compatibility
  • Advertisement Areas
  • Homepage Builder
  • Unlimited Colors
  • Custom Widgets
  • Unparalleled Support

Price

As with all themes from ElegantThemes the price is an absolute steal, as ElegantThemes charges a flat rate of $39 for use of all of its 86 themes. You could look at it as just 48cents per theme, but of course you are unlikely to be using all the themes. Still, if you want to use more than one of the themes on offer, then you have a bargain.

So is the price worth it if you are only interested in Nexus? We think yes, especially when you consider the typical pricing of thems on Theme Forest. Nexus is well laid out, attractive, responsive, and most importantly, covers the details, supplying pretty much everything (apart from a shopping cart) that you might need when building a website.

The main criticism we have is less to do with the design, but with the fact that when we tried accessing it on a modern mobile device (a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone), it fell flat on its face, and was completely unusable. In an age where people increasing use mobile devices as their primary means of accessing web pages, we think this a big flaw.

Conclusion

Mobile performance aside, we really liked Nexus. It emphasizes function over style, but this is no bad thing as the layout looks clean, and information is presented in a clear way that is easy to navigate. Nor is it in any way bad looking, with the black, white, and lime green color scheme looking quite funky and stylish in an understated sort of way that focuses attention more towards the content than distracting you with wiz-bang effects. Because of this, we feel Nexus is more suited to being used as a blogging platform or for magazine style website, were you want to present written articles with accompanying images in an attractive way, rather than as a multimedia bonanza or artist’s portfolio website.

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