Whether you’re new to WordPress or already have some experience, creation and navigation of custom menus can be somewhat complex job (especially if you fall under former category). Fear not, for there are plenty of helpful plugins which could make your work so much easier. Here’s a list of 10 plugins which can save you a lot of time and offer you plenty more features on the run.
Hero WordPress plugin is fully responsive creation tool which keeps touch screen devices in mind. It allows the creation and navigation of all kinds of custom menus from the simplest dropdown options, to the most complex, feature-rich mega options. Most of the work can be done in just a few clicks, and 60 different custom color presets can only help you along the way. Moreover, Hero gives you the option to implement 270 custom icons which can be used throughout navigation. Optimized menu load speed, ability to add background images to the main navigation, and touch support for Android, iOS and Windows 8 are only few of its advantages. All in all, Hero is a great way to get you started.
This drag & drop plugin is extremely easy to use. It requires at least WordPress version 3.8, but works with current and will work with future versions as well thanks to the fact that it’s constantly being updated. Apart from English, MMM supports Italian and German as well. This custom menu navigation tool supports touch screen devices and has a built-in theme editor. Moreover, it is highly responsive, enables widget creation and is recommended for advanced users who need a fast and reliable option for custom menu creation.
MeanMenu’s main purpose is conversion of desktop menus into mobile-friendly ones. This responsive plugin is nearly automatic and quite easy to use. As a mobile intended (touch screen supportive) plugin, MeanMenu’s main features include the ability to automatically adjust orientation (when you tilt your screen), control screen width at which it activates, expand or collapse sub navigation, and plenty more options. It works with WordPress 3.5 and above, and supports all major browsers. Needless to say, updates are regular and automatic, and there’s no need to worry about them.
Now – we do understand that these plugin names are becoming more and more similar, hence it’s becoming increasingly harder to follow the post, but stick with us; rest of the tools are somewhat more creative when it comes to names. But, back to the task at hand. WordPress plugin in question is highly responsive and allows the creation of all types of menus. They can be customized by choosing one of 600 or so available Google fonts and no less than 1,600 vector icons. If that’s not enough, what do you think about unlimited number of colors? It even has customer support which generally gets back to your request in less than 24 hours which is more than reasonable time frame.
As its name so clearly states, mobi (not to be confused with Moby) focuses on giving you highly optimized mobile device custom navigation features. This WordPress plugin gives its users plenty of advanced options for menus with corresponding amount of flair. Fully customizable items, top or bottom main menu positioning, user visibility for both guests and logged in visitors and more than 700 icon fonts are only some of its features. Powerful admin options put you further in control as they allow you to control full overlay pop-up navigation, social media links and many more options.
Noo is a custom navigation tool with well-designed interactive admin interface. Even though it gives you plethora of customization options when it comes to navigation, this WordPress plugin is easy to use. Switching to Noo can be achieved by one click of a button. Another convenient feature is the fact that it shows you real-time changes in backend which means that you can forget about refresh button. As for its customization value, it is as high as they come. You get both portrait and landscape orientations, at least 9 preset styles, unlimited number of colors, and number of fonts and icons. It is compatible with all major browsers, just like the rest of plugins from the list, and requires at least WordPress version 3.5.
This, highly responsive plugin offers you the ability to customize up to 68 different categories. With that in mind, you can change pretty much everything related to menu title, choose which type of animations you prefer, import or export options and many more. It starts with custom background of your choosing and recognizable three-stripe button which brings out the sliding navigation. It is very easy to use since it offers straight-to-the-point, simple type of custom menus which don’t require as much attention as other available options. It requires WordPress version 3.5 at least, but works on current and offers update feature for future versions as well.
Superfly is highly advanced custom navigation plugin which supports both desktop and mobile devices. It offers highly optimized and smooth performance thanks to the best available animations. Vertical push, sliding and static navigation are its fields of expertise and it uses mouseover interface which removes the necessity of extra click on desktop devices. Needless to say, Superfly can be customized in order to best suit your needs. Rich elements that come with it can be used to customize fonts, icons, panels and effects. You can even switch to full screen mode and do many more things in this handy WordPress tool.
Built using Bootstrap, Supermenu is highly advanced custom navigation plugin which supports all types of menus from simplest to the most advanced ones. This powerful tool gives you complete control over all creation options. What’s even better, Supermenu sets up automatically and you can just sit back and relax. Needless to say, as one of the best options out there, this WordPress plugin offers pretty much everything you could imagine when design and style are concerned. From myriad of Google fonts, over number of colors and shadow styles to custom sizes, Supermenu is flexible on all these segments. It supports CSS3 animations and offers multiple navigational layouts. However, you’ll need at least WordPress version 3.9 in order to use it.
Last, but not the least, UberMenu is similarly powerful to previous tool; Supermenu. It too requires WordPress version 3.9 and onward, but is also being constantly updated, so fear not. This custom navigation tool offers you enhanced user interface which simplifies the process of menu creation and looks more appealing to the eye. It gives you 25 most popular Google fonts, dropdown CSS3 transitions, vertical or horizontal menus, and plenty of images, widgets, shortcodes, as well as search bar and Google maps. If you decide to go with UberMenu, you probably won’t need anything else.
The world of menu creation and customization doesn’t necessarily have to be complex beyond comprehension. It is basically simple to create custom WordPress navigation and transition through various types of menus when you get used to it. These 10, above described plugins can help you master menu creation with ease, no matter how complex desired navigation may be. They all have their own advantages. Some are easy to use, some are for advanced users. Some are desktop-oriented, while others lean toward mobile devices. However, all of them are capable of working with both platforms. It’s up to you to try them and figure out which of these best suits your skills and needs.