Nexus - August template from RocketTheme

Nexus - August 2009 template from RocketThemeThe latest offering from RocketTheme is the template called Nexus. The template comes with an SEO Friendly code base and contains a lot of color styles and customization options.

The latest offering from RocketTheme is the template called Nexus. The template comes with an SEO Friendly code base and contains a lot of color styles and customization options.

Check out more about the Nexus template from RocketTheme here

Easy style control

According to RocketTheme, the primary focus of Nexus is that of style control, allowing for quick, simple and wide reaching changes of the theme's styling with a few template parameter toggles. Nexus also features a recoded layout, supposedly perfectly catered for search engine optimisation.

Fusion menu

The menu in the Nexus template has been greatly improved while compared to earlier RocketTheme menus. You can now use subtext (like in the YooTheme templates), and custom icons for each menu item. The template comes with 21 icons.

Fusion is effectively a dropdown menu which combines the former RokMoomenu and Suckerfish systems into one, offering both a javascript enhanced and basic, simple dropdown modes. The menu itself is built on the rewritten core of the latest revision of RokNavMenu, the core application behind all RocketTheme menus. Fusion also offers much greater control over the Multiple Column ability for dropdowns.

SEO-friendly code

The structure of the HTML places the main content before the side columns in the code hierarchy. This is beneficial for SEO purposes, as your primary content is crawled first by search engines such as Google. Search engines don't always index everything on a page. Thus, the higher up in the code your content is, the greater chance it will be indexed. The fact that Joomla templates now are offered with this functionality (by several providers) is a huge advantage for users.

Non-standard fonts

Implementation of custom, non-standard fonts using CSS is another key feature of Nexus.

Typically, a web browser can only use a font which is a web standard font such as Arial, as these fonts are installed on every Windows and Mac computer. If you wanted to use a non-standard font (Custom Font), then you would need to use a flash and/or javascript hack which is not a complete solution. Nexus uses CSS to implement Custom Fonts. CSS has a functionality called font-face which allows you to load any font into the browser. Until very recently, the main assortment of browser have not supported this. The list of browsers supporting this now includes IE 6, 7 and 8, Safari 3.1 and 4, and Firefox 3.5. You can even use your own custom fonts, something which is explained in the RocketTheme forums. Unfortunately, Opera 9.6 and Chrome are not compatible with font-face, although Opera 10 will be.

Feature list for the Nexus template:

  • SEF Optimised Layout
  • K2 Component Styling
  • Custom Fonts
  • Style Control
  • Complex Typography
  • RT Extension Styling
  • Javascript Form Styling
  • Fusion Menu & SplitMenu
  • 10 Preset Styles
  • 35 Module Positions
  • FF3.5, Opera 9.6, Safari 4, IE6,7,8 Compatible
  • W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional. W3C CSS 3 Valid

Check out more about the Nexus template from RocketTheme here

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