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In many cases, websites need a menu that includes more features than the classic ones. There is a solution for that and it is called a mega menu. Mega menus are rich in features, dropdown menus that can be used for websites that need this function

One-level menus can only be used for a website that doesn’t have a lot of functions to include there. However, the problem appears with larger websites that have a lot of categories that need to be included in the dropdown menu. In order to build a menu for a website that has more than 10 pages of content, a WordPress mega menu is a solution. Keep reading to learn how to create a multi-level menu and to gather inspiration from other mega menu examples.

The definition of a mega menu

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In order to define a mega menu, you need to understand that it is not a simple dropdown menu, such as the ones you might already be used with. Mega menus contain submenus, which are also called levels. For websites that contain a lot of categories, these multi-level menus are the easiest way to keep content organized and easy to navigate. Mega menus are used to improve the experience that a user has on a very complicated website.

Why should you use a mega menu?

There are a few reasons why you might want to use a max mega menu instead of other types of menus. Once you understood that these mega menus are based on multiple-level structures, you need to determine whether you need one or not. If you notice that the categories on your website can’t be squeezed into one single level menu, it is time to step up the game. Mega menus can include elements that visually represent the categories, which is another useful feature in making the website even more accessible for people who want to find their information fast. The characteristics of a mega menu are:

  • It has 2D panels that are divided into groups
  • All the categories are visible at once
  • It can be oriented vertically or horizontally
  • It includes actions such as hovering, clicking or tapping (on mobile)

Before making a decision

Do you really need a mega menu?

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Even though you may have a lot of information to list on your website’s menu, a WordPress mega menu might not always be the best choice. When building a website, you need to take into account the requirements that the client has for the website. Some people may perceive mega menus as complicated instead of simple, moment when you will need to find another situation to list the categories. It would be best if you would advise people that you work with to use mega menus if they have a broad range of items to include on the website.

Is your mega menu built correctly?

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Next, you need to learn how to build a mega menu correctly, as there are conventions to respect in order to get it right. Mega menu plugins are not difficult to handle, but you need to stay away from implementing revolutionary features that may turn out to be ineffective. Navigation can’t be risked because people want to find what they are looking for as fast as possible. Keep the mega menu familiar, to avoid confusing the user.

Building a responsive mega menu

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As you will see in most max mega menu examples, it is best to use only one menu button, for further expansions. Using one single button for the WordPress mega menu means that you can later add different categories to the top level without altering the layout of the website

Responsive dropdown

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WordPress menu plugins can get complicated at times. You want to keep the JavaScript size small by using delays because, otherwise, you will meet obstacles that will make the website’s menu impossible to navigate. The best option you have is to use the Menu-aimjQuery plugin to avoid dropdown issues.

Filtering is required

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Finally, when the list of options is so numerous, you need to make the experience easier for users by narrowing down the number of results through filters. All mega menus should contain filters to get the user to the required products.

The first option for implementing a mega menu

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It is important to understand that some themes support built-in mega menus while others don’t. See if the theme you use is compatible with a WordPress mega menu, and if it’s not, go ahead and opt for Be Theme or other similar themes that offer built-in support.

The second option for implementing a mega menu

Because you can’t find a WordPress mega menu plugin that works exceptionally that easy, this is a list with the ones that will do the job. The downside is that you most likely will have to pay for these plugins. If your budget is tight, there are some options that are free as well. Check out this list:

WP Megamenu

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The WP Megamenu plugin is definitely one you should try for your WordPress website because it is highly customizable and you can design it using drag-and-drop tools. The plugin will help you come up with a mega menu that will facilitate navigation on the website tremendously.

WP Mega Menu Pro

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There is also a pro version of the WP Mega Menu which is called WP Mega Menu Pro. This pro version offers more features and is compatible with all WordPress themes. Using it with popular themes (such as VMagazine or AccessPress) is even better.

Max Mega Menu

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This is a free option that many people choose. The plugin had a little over 100 000 installs a while back. It is the most lightweight solution you can find online and it is extremely easy to use. Basically, it replaces your existing menu with a mega menu one automatically. Then, you can style it the way you want by using the tools it comes with. Max Mega Menu can be applied to multiple websites at once and it is also based on a drag-and-drop builder.

Hero Menu

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Hero Menu is another premium plugin that can be considered more extensive than other plugins. The reason behind that is that it covers both simple dropdown menus and max mega menus. If you know your way around a WordPress mega menu, building one with the Hero Menu plugin will be the easiest thing you have done. You can even customize colors and backgrounds. The plugin also gives you choices for specific content types.

Conclusion

The key is not to underestimate the power of a good menu on a website. It is the key to good navigation and, thus, it influences the entire user experience. By using a WordPress mega menu or a theme that support built-in mega menus, you help visitors find what they are looking for faster. This is the factor that will make them return to your website in the future.

Albert Ślusarczyk
Albert Ślusarczyk
As the co-creator of Be Theme, I am a strong believer in designing with care and patience. I pour my energy, time & knowledge into perfecting the theme for our 157,000+ customers.

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