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The Best Free & Premium WordPress Menu Plugins

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Navigation can have a huge impact on a website’s usability and appearance, so you have to make sure you have the right menu or menus for your website’s content, layout, and visitors.

I’ve found some plugins which will help you create a responsive menu, or make your existing navigation compatible with mobile devices.  I’ve also included plugins for making image-based, sticky, accordion, and fully-widgetized menus, as well as a plugin for building a menu with custom taxonomies.

UberMenu – WordPress Mega Menu Plugin

ubermenu wordpress mega menu plugin

This WordPress plugin is compatible with the WordPress 3 Menu System, and it comes packed with lots of useful features to help you create a powerful menu for your website or blog.  UberMenu is responsive, so it will work with mobile devices and tablets, and it includes 20+ styles for you to choose from.  Plus, this WordPress menu plugin is fully widgetized, and it includes shortcodes to help you add a search bar, Google Maps, and latest posts to your site’s navigation.  You can also use UberMenu to create image-only menu items, add images and descriptions to menu items, and much more.

jQuery Vertical Mega Menu Widget

jquery vertical mega menu widget wordpress plugin

jQuery Vertical Mega Menu Widget enables you to add flyout vertical menus to your site’s sidebars, and it comes with 8 different skins for you to choose from.  This WordPress menu plugin also includes 3 animation effects (show, slide out, and fade in), left and right animation directions, and multiple animation speeds.  If you want to add a highly customisable menu to your blog’s sidebar, then you should definitely check out jQuery Vertical Mega Menu Widget.

jQuery Slick Menu Widget

jquery slick menu widget wordpress plugin

If you want to add a sticky, sliding menu to your website or blog, then you have to try jQuery Slick Menu Widget.  This WordPress plugin allows you to add multiple sticky menus to your site, and you can place the menus in your choice of 6 different locations.  Plus, jQuery Slick Menu Widget provides 12 preset styles, and you can control the speed at which the menu opens and closes.

Path Style Menu

path style menu wordpress plugin

If you want to create an intuitive, mobile-friendly, image-based menu for your website, then you have to check out this WordPress menu plugin.  Path Style Menu comes with several different types of menus for you to choose from, a curve editor, and simple custom icon application, so you can easily customise this plugin’s appearance and functionality.

JQuery Accordion Menu Widget

jquery accordion menu widget wordpress plugin

This WordPress plugin allows you to add a jQuery-powered accordion menu  to your site using shortcodes or widgets, and it’s extremely customisable.  jQuery Accordion Menu Widget offers support for multi-level menus, several different skins for you to choose from, multiple animation speeds, and lots of other useful options.

jQuery Drill Down Ipod Menu Widget

jquery drill down ipod menu widget wordpress plugin

If you want to create a drill down style menu for your site, then you have to check out this WordPress menu plugin.  jQuery Drill Down iPod Menu Widget includes 2 navigation methods, multiple skins for you to choose from, customisable animation speed, support for multiple menus on a single page, and more.  This WordPress menu plugin is ideal for people who need to create complex yet compact menus for their websites or blogs.

Responsive Select Menu

responsive select menu wordpress plugin

Responsive Select Menu, a plugin for WordPress, will automatically transform a WordPress 3 Menu into a mobile-friendly menu, making it perfect for people who want their websites to be easy to navigate on smartphones.  People who visit your site using a mobile device will be presented with select box navigation, which is smaller and more touch screen-friendly than traditional menus.  Responsive Select Menu includes a number of configuration options, so you can customise it to meet your needs.

Vertical Image Menu

vertical image menu wordpress plugin

If you want your visitors to be able to navigate your site using an image-based menu, then you have to check out Vertical Image Menu.  This WordPress plugin enables you to create a vertical scrolling menu with icons, not text, for internal or external webpages, which you can add to your site using a shortcode.

UberMenu – Sticky Menu Extension

ubermenu sticky menu extension wordpress plugin

This WordPress plugin is an extension for UberMenu – WordPress Mega Menu Plugin, and it is designed to help users create a sticky menu which will remain on the screen even when people scroll up or down.  However, UberMenu – Sticky Menu Extension is not compatible with mobile devices, so it will be disabled when people visit your site using smartphones.

Custom Taxonomies Menu Widget

custom taxonomies menu widget wordpress plugin

If you want to create a menu for your custom taxonomies and their related terms, then you should definitely try Custom Taxonomies Menu Widget.  This WordPress menu plugin is easy to configure, and it comes with lots of configuration options, so you can choose which custom taxonomies and associated terms to display in your menu, the order in which the related terms are displayed, whether to hide or display terms without any posts, and much more.

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