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The eye-catching and attractive menu is vital element on website. The navigation menu is usually the area in site which gets the most traffic. To judge the web menu is good one, you can analyse it by three aspect: great interaction with mouse event; wonderful menu style and matchable with website; clear navigation and easy operation. Here lists five JavaScript menus, let’s check out these excellents DHTML menus:

DHTML Menu supports IE9 beta in its new version of 9.6. With Microsoft IE9 Beta release, you can use this powerful IE browser later, which is optimized in performance, HTML5, Graphic and Browser. As an essential web element, JavaScript menu/DHTML menu needs to be compatible with the main-stream browser of IE9 to get better browsing experience. DHTML Menu enables you to create cross IE9 beta navigation bars without any skills; 100+ built-in templates are available to be applied to your website directly.

What is Sothink DHTML Menu?
Sothink DHTML Menu is a drop down menu builder, which assistant you in making cross-browser menu, fast-loading menu and SE friendly menu in clicks. 100+ templates & 30 styles included; integration with main-stream web editors; support database driven menus; fully customize menu style.

Main features:
* Full cross-browser compatibility, support IE9 beta.
* Seamlessly integrates with DW, FP, EW and GoLive.
* Supports database driven navigation menu with ASP, PHP, JSP, ASP.NET, ColdFusion.
* Creates functional navigation menu, such as tab menu, highlight menu, scrolling menu, cross-frame menu, multi-level/multi-column menu, custom menu, floating menu, etc.
* Offers 100 + free templates, 30+ preset styles; and provides image library for menu design.
* Publish wizard guides you to publish the drop down menu to website step by step.
* Customize web menu properties, like font, icon, background, border, cursor, tool tip, etc.

Check some samples of DHTML Menu:

1. Anchor chain drop down menu

DHTML Menu

2. Grass green web menu

drop down menu

3. Notepad navigation menu

navigation bar

Download Sothink DHTML Menu to create a well cross-browser menu.

–There are four ways to insert one DHTML menu into many pages.
First One:
If you have FrontPage, you can use the shared borders or include page function to do so. Please check work with shared borders.
Second One:
If you have Expression Web, you can use DWT (dynamic web template) to do so. Please check work with dynamic web template.
Third One:
If you use Dreamweaver, you can use the Library function to do so.
Please check work with library in Dreamweaver.
Fourth One (recommend):
Use the program alone to create a separate js include file. (Suggest you to use absolute path in links); and then insert the js file into the web page. Please check “Insert a Menu by Including Separate JS File“.

Generally speaking, some web developers and usability enthusiasts regard using drop down menus as the bad practice that makes them confusing, annoying and oftentimes dysfunctional. Nevertheless, as a designer part, drop-down menus are an excellent feature because they help clean up a busy layout.

Drop-down menus do in fact organize content into small and uncluttered elements, if structured correctly, drop-down menus can be a great navigation tool, while still being a usable and attractive design feature.

How to create a stunning and effective drop-down menu? Here are some tips and ways to make this controversial element more usable.

  • Add a Hover Effect to Menu Options

As the navigation itself affects the usability of the drop-down menu, adding a hover effect to the menu options is good to make the menu work better with the drop-down menus. In this case, the user will be easily to find exactly which button in the navigation menu is extending from, and it is much helpful.

You can see the example below, which shows a strong hover effect on the navigation options, and it contributes to support the drop-down menu.

P.S. Such kind of drop-down menus can be easily created by Sothink DHTML Menu.

  • Extend the Deactivation of a Hover

You had better avoid a hover structure and many levels in a drop-down menu, but it is restricted to the navigation you are trying to create, if so, just try your best to improve the usability of a hover and multi-level menu!
Please check the next drop-down menus, which have multiple levels with a wide focus range. It means that the user have to move the mouse pointer some distance away from the menu to close it.

If the user moves the pointer away from the menu, the drop-down menus will mostly disappear soon. So, please delay its disappearance or get a click function that requires users to click outside the menu area to close the drop-down menu like the Lightbox does.

  • Keep off Multi Levels in a Drop-Down

It is unwise that one creates drop-down menus in terms of usability. For example, a hover menu structure will make the user lose focus on the menus once the user moves away from the mouse pointer.
The picture below shows the unpleasant hover menus. Apparently, it is hard to use because you have to start from the top whenever even slightly losing focus of the menu with the mouse pointer. To be worse, the tooltip there will hamper the navigation.

  • Throw out Tooltips

Although it is certain that little details impact usability when you design drop-down menus, you’d better realize the presence or lack of tooltips, for the tooltips usually may get in the way and sometimes even block the first list item in the drop-down menu. So please remove tooltips from buttons with drop-down menus.
Take the website below for example, the drop-down menus take up a large part in the page, which let the tooltip block many listed items and make navigation much more difficult.

  • Do Seamless Transitions

Many websites make such a mistake: in order to attract the more visitors, they make the websites look brilliant but with the heavy drop-down menus, which take more than an instant to load upon the hover. However, a good drop-down menu ought to appear seamlessly and without interruption once it appears, otherwise, it will be unpractical.
So transition effects are the better way to avoid it happens. It is cool that throw in a wipe down or fade in for the drop-down menu instead of the simply appearing menu, but please make sure the transition quick and not disruptive.
Observe the image below, you will find the drop-down menu is pretty clear with a seamless transitions.

Website color is vital component for web design. Many website designers are likely to choose black as main color from a marketing point of view. In order to get a certain harmony, the web elements usually apply the similar or the same color to match with web design, for example, black menu is used on the black website.

Black menu is color joker, it is widely used for the various website colors which ranges from light to dark, the classic color includes black&white, red&black; black menu conveys the sense of fashion, business, reliance; black menu is plain and high capacity to contain almost all URL links to reach the target page quickly. Black menu is absolutely the popular menu, let’s view the excellent black menus from the famous companies:

Adobe

Sony

Nero

Adobe is a well-known computer software company, it has historically focused upon the creation of multimedia and creativity software products. Though Adobe Systems Incorporated develops so many excellent software, services, resources, etc, you will find everything quickly with the help of Adobe menu, and won’t get lost on their website. How does Adobe menu navigation website effectively? Let’s take a look of snapshot from Adobe website:

Adobe Menu – Features:

In this Adobe menu, menu background and website background are the same, which makes you feel harmonious. At the first sight, just plain text links are on website, but you will see so many menu items after the mouse is over on the top adobe menu; in popup menu items, some items are classified into several categories by Bold and big-size font; the item with link guides the visitors to right web page with one click.

Sothink Menu Template collects lots of website-matching DHTML menus and tree menus, you can apply the professional and well-designed menus to your website directly. In menu template, almost all menus are listed here, such as vertical or horizontal JavaScript menus, drop down menus and tree menus. Each series of menu template inlcudes the DHTML menus of several colors. Come on, pick up your favorite menu template!

Just 3 steps to build menu from menu template. First, choose one menu template and open the authoring file (.pgt or .stm) in Sothink program; and then edit the menu style, text and link to match with your website; finally, publish the menu to make it display perfectly on Internet.

View Menu template:

Each Menu template has several colors:

View drop down menu template >>

View tree menu template >>

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Query is a Javascript framework that is simple to use and of a good extendibility. With jQuery, it is easy to get the ajax effect of some webpages.

JQuery menu uses simple, cross browser compatible jquery to transform your multilevel menus into click and expand menus. In this post I’ve selected 30 examples which are helpful to create simple but effective jQuery drop down menus.

Let’s enjoy this kinds of drop down menus:

1. Animated jQuery Drop Down Menu


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. jQuery iPod-style Drilldown Menu


 
3. jQuery Drop Line Tabs

View 30 Simple but effective jquery drop down menus >>

At present, many well-known companies use drop down menu as navigation bar to navigate their website, such as Microsoft, Adobe, Amazon, etc. How these great drop down menu would be like? Below collects the excellent drop down menus from famous websites. The clone web menus have their own features, such as multi-column JavaScript menu, horizontal or vertical drop down menus. These simple and practical navigation bars are the most favorite web menu for big company.

Let’s view thses clone web menus:

Navigation bar from Amazon

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Drop down menu from Amazon

 
 
 
 
 
Web menu from Alcatel

 
 
 
 
DHTML menu from Sony

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

View more drop down menus >>

Calendar is used for indicating the date, as website designer, you can put it on the website to prompt the viewer the current date. How to build an exquisite calendar? And which builder can make this kind of calendar. First, let’s enjoy three calendars:

All three calendars are made by Sothink DHTML Menu; you can easily create a calendar like above calendar samples in this JavaScript menu builder.

In Sothink DHTML Menu, you can set the properties of the dates in this calendar, including their font, icon, background, border, style, etc., by editing the items listed below. Each of these items corresponds to one of four types of date:
Sunday: It represents the date style of Sunday during this month.
Today: It represents the date style of today.
General: It represents the date style of the date that is not defined by other styles during this month.
Disable: It represents the date style of other months listed in the calendar.

Note: You can enter Edit Mode by pressing Ctrl + E and edit the items in preview window easily.

Download Sothink DHTML Menu to build your calendar.