We’ve seen innovative ways in which designers and developers have used CSS to innovate upon its shortcomings. Here, you’ll find some of the best ways to use CSS for your website navigation. You’ll find a variety of techniques that truly showcase the capabilities of CSS.
In this article, you will find a collection of excellent navigation techniques that use the CSS to provide users with an impressive interface.
This another great CSS menu Stu Nicholls that’s unique – hovering over a menu item reveals a submenu. If you want get started with this menu just simple view the source code. Demo in page.
In this CSS technique, you’ll learn to create a vertically-oriented CSS hover menu that reveals a submenu when a menu item is hovered on.
Matte is a simple CSS menu with rounded corners using two small images only from 13styles. It is maintained by David Appleyard who has lots of simple and advanced CSS-based menus.
This CSS technique shows you a method from creating a menu that blurs sibling menu items when you hover over an item.
This beautiful CSS menu technique can be created by following along this extensive step-by-step tutorial.
This slick CSS menu is based on the Sliding Doors technique but only uses one image.
This stylish navigation menu technique uses a CSS sprite.
Update: this no longer exists. Ian Main provides a great set of free CSS menus that are stylish and easy to use.
Woody is a pre-made CSS menu that’s ready to use and has been tested in IE6, IE 7, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome. Demo in the page.
Advanced CSS Menu was created by Nick La and uses an advanced (extraordinary) list menu utilizing the CSS position property. Demo in the page.
This menu is from CSS Menu Generator which has more free high quality menus. Demo in the page.
This CSS-based navigation menu is based on the Vimeo primary menu.
Learn a technique for mimicking Apple’s image rollover CSS menu by following along this menu tutorial. Demo in page.
14. CSS Hoverbox
Inspired by the Hoverbox Image Gallery technique developed by Nathan Smith, CSS Hoverbox leans on the
background-position CSS property to superimpose rollover images on top of neighboring menu items. Demo in page.
15. Big CSS Box
This is an experimental CSS menu that allows you to create a scaling menu that adjusts depending on the browser’s width. Demo in page.
This is a very basic CSS-based drop-down menu that’s excellent for trying to grok the technique involved in creating drop-down menu that doesn’t require client-side scripting.
Veerle Pieters provides a CSS menu and tutorial created using
text-indent CSS property.
This CSS navigation bar looks and behaves like an image-swapping menu.
In this technique, you’ll witness a method for creating a CSS-based accordion menu.
Here is another excellent method for creating a module tab interface based purely on CSS. Use the tabs in the page to learn about the instructions on how to implement this technique.
This CSS menu on the popular web design agency SimpleBits shows a way for creating mini tabs. View the source code on the demo page to learn how it works (the code is inline and formatted well for readability for your convenience).
This A List Apart CSS menu technique is for a fly-out submenu that appears on the right of the top-level menu, leveraging the
position: absolute CSS property to move the submenu to the appropriate level.
Roger Johansson of 456 Berea Street shows us the basic principles of turning an unordered list into a navigation bar – it’s a great starting point for beginners to learn about building a semantic HTML structure and then styling it with CSS.
This CSS menu technique will allow you to create CSS tabs that have submenus for a two-level hierarchy. Demo in page.
This CSS menu technique allows you to create a navigation menu that has item with descriptions. Demo in page.
This stylish CSS sprite menu technique has three states: idle, hover, and clicked.
Learn how to create module tabs without the use of client-side scripting.
Learn to create a straightforward technique for creating a CSS based menu.
This technique showcases a method for creating a menu that expands when hovered upon.
30. CSS Hover Button
Create CSS button-style navigation menu by checking out this excellent tutorial.