Nexus, A Clean And Versatile Magazine Theme + Drag & Drop Homepage Builder

Posted on July 18, 2013 by in Theme Releases | 142 comments

Nexus, A Clean And Versatile Magazine Theme + Drag & Drop Homepage Builder
Nexus is a versatile magazine theme packed full of custom widgets and content modules that give you full control over your page. The challenge of any magazine theme is to take massive amounts of content and present it to readers 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.
Live DemoFeatures Info

Homepage Drag & Drop Builder

The homepage builder allows you to create a variety of homepage layouts. Combined with the widget ready sidebars, your homepage is under your complete control! Easily add, remove and re-arrange modules via our intuitive drag and drop system. nexus_builder

Responsive Design

The use of mobile devices is on the rise, and it is important for your website to be ready for those mobile visitors. Nexus comes fully responsive, meaning that the design will adapt to whatever screen size is being used to browse. You website will look great and will be a breeze to read on mobile phones and desktop computers alike. responsive_1
And let’s not forget about tablets! Nexus will also look great on your iPad or Android tablet in both portrait and landscape mode. responsive_2

Integrated Review System

Nexus has an integrated ratings system, making it is easy for you to review products or services. nexus_ratings

Unlimited Colorschemes

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. nexus_colors
Your comments are greatly appreciated! Be sure to drop us a line and let us know what you think of the new theme πŸ™‚
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  1. This is just Awesome!

    • Truly Amazing!

    • Thanks Ali πŸ™‚

      • Really nice design. So glad you keep putting out a good product. Thanks! I now have seven web sites using ET.

    • I agree Ali, this theme is awesome! Lots of options to choose from.

  2. Awesome, been waiting for this one, looks fantastic. Congrats on your latest release πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Alistair. I hope that it was worth the wait πŸ™‚

  3. Nick, OMG! how can I say thanks to you for this super awesome theme πŸ˜€

    Was waiting for this madly since last month, and finally it’s live!

    Thanks a ton!

    • You’re welcome πŸ™‚ Sorry to keep you waiting, but I hope that it was worth it!

  4. Amazing! Thanks!

    • Thanks!

  5. Great work,can i use this theme with 1 sidebar option???

    • Yes, you can choose to have 1 or 2 sidebars on the homepage via ePanel.

      • I love you Nick, this is going to be our next “Hardware Website”.

        I should post how it as soon as I finished translating the old theme.

        • Sounds great Alex, I am sure that the theme will serve you well. Oh, and we love you too!

  6. loving it already, downloading…

    • Thanks Val. Let us know what you think after testing it out!


  8. Wow !!!

    At last ! 1280pixels width Baby !

    This theme is going to be used by me, RIGHT AWAY!

    • It’s certainly refreshing to make 1280px themes after having to restrict myself to 960px grid for the past couple years πŸ™‚

      • Unfortunately Nexus is not 1280px wide, it’s 1300px. If your screen is 1280px wide, the theme drops a sidebar! Why did you do that! Can’t believe it!!!

        • I agree, i can’t believe it just erases that 1st widget area on shrunk screens. there is more than enough room to keep both and have the other areas shrink a little more.

          Does anyone know if there is an easy fix for that? I’m not much of a .php guy, so i don’t think i’d be able to fix it on my own.

          It’s a shame, because I was going to renew my subscription just for this theme, but its basically useless for me as is, because most screens won’t take advantage of that larger size. That means most people will miss all that cool content.

          • I guess the simplest (and least “elegant”) way to do it is to simply erase the media only 961 code, but then it’s wider than the screen. not to mention it still removes everything on the mobile devices…

            it’s a shame because this theme was next to perfect.

          • Experiencing the same, unfortunatelly:/ Anyone found a proper way to fix it?

  9. Looks great, been looking for a responsive design to replace InReview. this one looks promising. Thx

    • Thanks Jay. Let us know how it works out for you πŸ™‚

      • Updated when great, very nice, couple wrinkles here and there but much less than I expected. Thanks for building such a nice theme.

  10. Love this. May use it on my personal blog. πŸ™‚

    • Not all of the demo templates are working… just so you know.

      • Thanks for pointing that out Shawna, I forgot to set up the demo pages. They should be working now.

  11. Hi,

    How can I make clickable the photos from features area? Now the visitor must click on title. it will be nice and easier if they can click on photos and go to article.

    • Thanks for the suggestion Raluca. Right now the theme does not have this feature, and therefore you would need to modify the featured code to achieve such an effect. Perhaps we can address this is a future version of the theme.

      • great news Nick!! You do a great job!!!

  12. Simply stunning!

    Please add some styled community features such ass bbpress and budypress..

    Best regards

    • Thanks for the suggestion. We will certainly keep it in mind for future updates.

    • I just added bbpress-forum to the theme on my local server and ain’t looking bad. You should have suggested this before the theme was launched TKD. Now Nick can’t go back to the hood just for this one dsign ‘cos he needs to launch a new sleek theme. Just note that most of the suggestions by ET lovers before the launching of Nexus, Nick strives to meet.Hence, this forum styling gat to be done by yourself or go to the forum and meet ET support geeks or better still you can link it to external forum template and don’t forget to use sub directory for it. cHEERS!

  13. Loks really good. Do you have some good documentation on how to use the drag and drop system?

    Also can you use the home page drag and drop system on all pages?

    • The drag and drop builder is only for the homepage modules, and it is quite easy to use. You can view the readme here.

      As for using the builder on other pages, you can try out our Elegant Themes Builder πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Daniel πŸ™‚

  14. Great theme! A couple of questions… (a) the woocommerce will work with the layout of the theme (b) Do we have the option not to use the colour dates on the photos and instead to use the news categories? Thanks again for the great work you did.

    • I am afraid that the theme doesn’t come with these features, and they are something that would need to be customized.

  15. Great work Nick,
    This theme is all in all. Is a dream come true.

    Nick this is where you scored excellent “Unlimited Color schemes

    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. “

    • Thanks Manasseh. Unlimited colorschemes via the Theme Customizer is something that all our new themes will come with πŸ™‚

  16. Nexus looks fresh and clean with nice content arrangement. Cheers Nick πŸ˜€

  17. Amazing look!!! Clean and smoothness design with nice content management. And page builder and responsive look done awesome work. Good job ET Team !!! Such awesome work Nick……

  18. Wow, we’ve been looking for an awesome review ability on on site. Really Impressed!

  19. Wow, wow, and wow…..

    Waiting is over & Truly amazing…..

  20. Nice work Nick, this is probably the best theme from you guys. 1280 width with responsive design down all the way is super cool!

    • Thanks Bharath. I love being able to design themes on a larger scale. 1280 really open things up πŸ™‚

  21. Hi Nick,

    Is the review function an option or mandatory feature?



    • Nope, it’s up to you weather or not you create review posts and/or include them on the homepage.

  22. Thank you so much. Will install now.

    Praise the Nick and their Team !

    Time for Pizza and Editing !

  23. Elegant!

  24. Hey Nick and team.

    This is simply perfect. I love Nexus and is perfect for my largest client yet. You guys have made my work life so much more fun, easy and profitable its unreal.

    Long live Elegant Themes!

    • Thanks Mike, that is something that I really love to hear!

  25. Never posted before and have been using Elegant on and off for two years but Nexus is a giant leap forward for Elegant. Well done. I have two projects that have been waiting for something like this …… and all for $39 a year. Excellent work. Really sharp, concise design elements. Onwards and upwards.

  26. Wow, Nick, this is innovative and sexy! I love this for webdesign and would like to say that you guys are on the right path!

  27. I can’t tell you how happy I am right now. This theme is fucking amazing. Please make more like this! πŸ™‚

  28. Gracias‘‘

  29. What? Nexus has review ratings too? Wow, you may have just made this motoring journalist very happy indeed.

    Downloading now!

  30. Love the theme Nick and looking forward to giving it a spin. Is it possible to have the end user review the posts?

    • The theme does not come with user reviews I am afraid, though you may be able to find a free plugin to add such functionality.

  31. Very nice! I hope I have a use for this one in the future. My ET membership has been some of the best money I’ve ever spent!

  32. Wow came out great!! I wish I had a need for it. Maybe I can find one if I look hard enough πŸ™‚

  33. This theme looks amazing. Can’t wait to download and try it out.

  34. I love it, especially that they have finally thought of the advertising space, but I would love to not have to edit the single.php to add a 336 x 280 ad under the title

  35. although this is a magazine theme, I’m wondering if it’s easily customised for a boutique. Can I intergrate it with woocommerce or anything?

    • Hi, Just trying the theme out now to see if I can use it with woocommerce, but there seemes to be the logo missing from the psd files

  36. An uncluttered design, NICE! Plan on using it (currently in the process), although will need to make modifications to suit my needs.

    Few things that I noticed…

    1. Lack of attention to “search” function. Magazine sites have a lot of content. Having a search area which can draw attention would be a necessary feature to help find specific content.

    2. Homepage builder outputs (way too many) multiple H1 tags. Side widget titles could be set at H2/H3 instead of H4. Not the best SEO/SEF practices. Have modern times past me by? Clue me in if I’ve been frozen in the ice age!

    3. Adapting to the idea of having 404 and search no-results being the same. It’s growing on me.

    • Ah ha…

      4. Integrated Review/Rating System. Would be great to have it integrated with a visitor rating/comment feature. Then again, that would be an entire complicated plugin. Perhaps…

  37. Heavy content rich magazine theme was lacking in your collection of themes. with the release of nexus, that gap is filled with stunning theme.

  38. I love the unique layout of the feature area at the top, and everything else as you move down the page is just beautiful. I just started on a local area website and am using Lucid (which is also great), but am going to switch to Nexus now. This theme has so much personality – I think it’s going to be a great fit for the site.

    On a side note, I’ve been using Elegant Themes for almost a year now and the themes and support are absolutely amazing. So much value for the price – such a great investment!

    Thanks for delivering such an exceptional product.

    • Thanks Candis. I am happy to hear that we have supported you well over the years. Here’s to many more years to come!

  39. A simple yet complex theme πŸ™‚ great for magazine websites readers. Information is structured simply and easily accessible – an essential point for attracting readers, large fonts readable text and many colors … a successful combination! A small detail – do not know if it is from my browser (Firefox) or not – Articles video widget does not work on homepage. Instead the Chrome works well. I have no adblocking filter enabled

    • Sorry about that. We will fix any bugs right away – if you haven’t already, please open a support ticket if you experience any problems so that our team can assist you.

  40. great design – with a few exceptions: some elements don’t fit to the straight forward, lean design – e.g. some readmore buttons and the really old fashioned shortcodes. sorry, but the buttons and the boxes are more or less unusable (colors, shadows, design …..)

    • I am sorry that you do not like our shortcodes. The shortcodes are something that come with all of our themes, and they have been designed in a way that will fit with the most wide array or designs and styles. Unfortunately they do not always fit perfectly, but they are certainly quite useful πŸ™‚

  41. Now the theme is live on our website!

    • That’s great to hear David. I hope that it will serve your website well!

  42. This just wants me to start up a news site, butiful!

  43. Working On RTL Persian Version πŸ˜€

    • Great πŸ™‚

  44. Great, Congratulations for this theme.

    Maybe the typo is very big but it has easy solution.

    Thanks Nick.

  45. Impressive. Is there any plan to retrofit existing themes with (some of the) features this theme provides, e.g., responsive design, unlimited color schemes?

    Time / resources are obviously limited and it’s easier to create new themes with new features, but it’s a shame to offer so many really nice themes without the newer features which would make them much more useful to your devoted customers.

    Please consider this request since it would obviate the need to consider any other theme provider.

    • We have always tried to retrofit old themes when possible. In fact, we recently added font options and color options to many old themes, and several of our most popular themes such as Chameleon, Aggregate, SimplePress, etc have all had their designs retrofitted to be responsive. This is something we plan to continue doing, though our main focus is to create new themes.

  46. Although I love this theme and really want touse this for my next project I have to say, after installing it and trying to use it I am dissapointed as it’s not very customisable. I know it’s a magazine theme but there should be more scope to customise it. You can only add post to the home page which is really frustrating. Ok so lets say I need to do some work to intergrate it with woocommerce, done that but i’m only left with the limited options to set it with. Anyway you can add more options to this to allow for more customisation?

    • I am sorry that the theme is not what you were looking for. This is indeed a magazine theme, and is not intended to be a page-based themes that sells products. For such a use-case, we have dozens of other themes that you might consider. As for themes that support WooCommerce, you might consider Foxy or StyleShop.

  47. You guys nailed it! I do believe I will be switching to this theme on the postcards project. I’m very impressed. Excellent job ^5 ! Keep up the great work!

  48. Brilliant success…Only if I can have the middle column configured and footer 3 widgets at the footer sidebar! However, the theme is intuitive, possessed magnetic layout and I love the part of authors’ profile and link. A lot of brewing in this theme for my Christian authors and users! Thanks ET!

    More creative juice and more sterling websites!

  49. it does look nice but white text on light green roll down menu bgrd… strange choice, and not readable. a subtle rollover effect or something would help. also the title font is kinda too large, but I get it’s a magazine theme. other than that it’s a good theme, but I will still stick to aggregate I’m using…

    • It’s readable to me, but it may vary from screen to screen. Luckily you can change this color is a couple seconds using the theme’s color options within the Theme Customizer πŸ™‚

      • It is true. I choose red, green, blue … and it is not readable indeed. it is not readable regardless the color choice.
        ti may vary from screen to screen…

        • You can choose any color you want. You don’t need to use the pre-defined colorschemes if they are not readable to you.

  50. Looks very good! Looking forward to try this on my own sites! And the way the ads are handled using the responsive design, looks to work just the way I have hoped! Great job guys! πŸ™‚

  51. Nick (or others)…

    Love reviewing the themes. Nexus is gorgeous and i like the magazine style but wonder if i can sell a product from it.

    Do you have a magazine style theme that is also set up rather well to sell ONE product? Anyone want to chime in?

  52. WOW!! Really nice design. I love it.

  53. Hi,

    How do you have a picture of the head of good quality? I put a large image in an article (1920 * 600px) but it is unclear … See my link πŸ˜‰


    • It really depends on the size of your monitor. If it’s larger than 1920, then your image will still stretch. I wouldn’t go too big, otherwise it will increase loading times.

  54. when i insert a video and post, neither the thumbnail appears in the featured post, neither it is able to play that video in nexus theme , what should i do?
    or can u please assist me with embedding video in a post properly?

    • If you could please open a ticket in our support forums, I am sure that we can help you out.

  55. Beatiful theme
    but one this missing for me:
    landing page page template. It is like “full screen” only page content displayed without any menu or header.
    Also it will be nice if it will be prefilled with 2 columns content: pitch and call to action.

    • Go To Appearance -> Nexus Theme Options -> General Settings

      Under General Settings Go to Second Tab “Home Page” disable the field which shows “Display 3 Columns on Homepage” then your home page show only two columns.

  56. Hi Nick your theme is excellent.

    How Could I change no of featured posts on homepage?
    I would like to show different images sizes of featured post how it could be done?

    plz help me

  57. Great looking theme. I was testing out its responsive capabilities on an HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Nexus 7 (2013 edition), and Nexus 10. I noticed, well, a noticeable amount a lag when tapping. Is that just me, or is anyone else noticing this? (Other responsive websites work fairly well and have a more “instantaneous” feel than Nexus so far.)

  58. How can I make a custom tag page? For ex: I want to add a tag page with some text before posts with that tag.

  59. This theme looks amazing. Been thinking about signing up to download some themes from here for a while and I think this is what will get me to do it.

    I have a question about the advertising you can place on the site. Is it possible to use Google’s AdSense with the theme?

  60. Superb.. exactly what I was after.. clean, big pics in posts, magazine style homepage, videos easy to showcase… using already ty πŸ™‚

  61. i have a problem with nexus theme. i was upload a logo and favicon and slider was disappeared. how can i fix this?

    thank you.

    • If you need help, please open a ticket in our support forums so that our team can assist you.

  62. Excellent Theme. Works a dream.
    Do you recommend a specific plugin for Author/ User profile picture uploads to work with the Author bio and Our Top Authors?

  63. Does the homepage customizer allow you to have a text block in the main/first column or just as a text widget on the sidebar/2nd or 3rd column?

  64. Great looking theme, but how can this theme work on smartphone if it uses mouse over to access full posts?

  65. Elegant Themes forever

  66. I am having some problem while building Home page, bellow are 2 errors which come up while I try to build Home page

    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/gartee1/ in /home/gartee1/ on line 563

    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/gartee1/ in /home/gartee1/ on line 564

    • If you need help, please open a ticket in our support forums so that our team can assist you.

  67. why drop down menu not working?
    What should I do

    • I’ve solved
      problems in my web browser

    • If you need help, please open a ticket in our support forums so that our team can assist you.

  68. It is so fascinating theme, cool design. I like it! thanks

  69. I have a Problem. I’m using nexus theme from Elegant Themes. How to i remove automatic featured image to ET header image collection? or How to i remove header image option from themes for All post. I need urgent help. Please answer me as soon as possible. I need urgent help. Please give me the correct answer as soon as possible.

    • If you need any help, please open a ticket in our support forums so that our team can assist you.

      • Thanks for your information πŸ™‚

  70. Hello, Great theme i have two question before buying this theme.
    1st can i change the width of overall theme make it smaller and can i make home page only two sections only and remove images

  71. Hi there πŸ™‚ Thank you very much for your creative job Nick!
    I have a question, how i can make clickable “Featured Posts” on main page?
    I mean, div clickable. All i can do is clicking text header, i want click all DIV.
    How i can resolve this problem with php?

  72. Im loving this newnexus theme and also built a video to promote it .Ive used this for electric carpet website …..thanks elegant wordpress themes for giving us premuim themes at such a reasonable price

  73. Why the 3-column display could not be displayed anymore even after I disable/enable again in ePanel Nexus Theme Options.

    Now only 2-column work fine πŸ™

  74. I love the layout of the theme but I have had nothing but problems with the static front page header and thumbnail resizing. When I have submitted a ticket I was informed I needed to hire a developer to customize it which I find hard to believe when the thumbnails in a free wordpress theme resized and fit properly. Is this a bug you are working on? In the meanwhile my page layout has big empty spaces where images should be.

  75. Would be a nicer theme if the footer was more customizable instead of being stuck with four narrow columns…

  76. I think the idea of having a responsive website is necessary because we cannot control customer’s usage and preference for devices. I like the entire theme, it is clean, subtle, not cluttered and communicates well. Good job done, Thanks sharing insight πŸ™‚

  77. Hello,
    I would like to ask where I can put *my adsense code to show it on header ,
    next to the logo. I mean the 728×90 banner, cause in nexus theme option I
    can add an logo url page url but not adsense code. Thanks

    • This is perplexing. The only option for Adsense code is the 468 unit at the bottom but not the 728×90. Don’t understand this.

  78. Just switched a music review site I admin to this theme.
    Had to make some minor changes to the CSS and size of the sidebar to accommodate a RaffleCopter contest widget – (it’s them, not you.)
    Otherwise, it’s a rockin’ theme. Thanks!

  79. The nexus theme is truly awesome one of the reasons why i returned to subscribe with elegant themes. One question though, i see a difference between viewing the website through my chromebook and my lenovo laptop, the middle column seems to be absent when i view my site on bigger screen such as the lenovo laptop while when i view it on my chromebook i am able to see the middle column.

    In addition is there a way for me to reduce the gap between the logo and the header blank space?

    Thanks and more power.

  80. It is so fascinating theme, cool design. I like Drag & Drop Homepage Builder,very useful feature.I love it πŸ™‚

  81. Hey There! After buying the lifetime Premium membership, I’m now TORN between two excellent themes: Nexus and Divvi. They are both so good! Maybe one of you can help me with a pretty important deciding factor. Is it possible to hide the publication dates in the Nexus Theme?

  82. Very neat and clean design Theme! Is there any Flat UI Design available similar to this theme ?

  83. I love this theme! I’ve been using it since 2013, but I would LOVE to see more social media buttons at the top of the header. Are there any plans to add YouTube/Pinterest/Instagram icons instead of just being limited to Facebook/Twitter/RSS/Google+ ?? Thanks πŸ™‚

    • I would also like to see more social media buttons (particularly youtube).

  84. I love this theme

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