Do you have a lot of content on your website? Do you feel like your menu is getting too complicated? Mega Menus can be a great way of helping visitors size up your content, so they can find what they want quickly and easily.
What are Mega Menus?
Mega Menus are a type of expandable menu, where choices are displayed in a two-dimensional drop-down layout. This dropdown generally shows all options in one main, mega-panel. The menu items are then frequently grouped into related topics and categories. They are a well-organized alternative for accommodating large quantities of options or revealing lower-level site pages at a glance. A mega menu organizes sub-menus in columns within an arranged hierarchy.
In this video, we want to show you how to use mega menus to display the content on your website.
How Does the Mega Menu Differ from a Regular Menu?
For larger sites with multiple features, regular drop-down menus characteristically hide the majority of the options. The user can scroll, but scrolling generally hides choices at the top of the menu. As a result, the consumer can’t visually compare all the choices. Mega Menus show everything at a glance. This means users can see their options as opposed to having to remember what was there, thus increasing efficiency and ease of use.
Regular drop-downs typically don’t support grouping. Mega Menus allow you to visually emphasize the relationships among items. This reinforces the user’s ability to understand all the options. Also, plain text is often enough, but pictures can truly be worth a million words. Mega Menus make it easier to use graphics as a way to categorize items.
Sites That Would Benefit from a Mega Menu
Certain sites can benefit from using a mega menu.
- Your site manages a wide array of products (e-commerce)
- You manage or publish vast amounts of content
- You offer complex services requiring a large amount of secondary content
- Your site is primarily diverse, information-oriented, and contains large amounts of copy
As long as your content can be grouped visually, then the mega menu will work well.
Sites That Do Not Necessarily Need a Mega Menu
The content on some sites does not lend itself towards grouping.
- Your site is a “brochure-style” site with a limited amount of content
- Personal website or blog with little diversity or sub-sites
- Websites with a singular function
Also, if you have a large amount of information in your menu, you may find that a list format is easier for some people to navigate.
Is Accessibility an Issue?
Keep in mind that mega menus can create problems for users who have vision problems and require screen magnifiers. These enlarge small areas of the screen, which typically block the visibility of the rest of the menu.
There are two basic approaches to improving accessibility within mega menus.
- The simple solution is to disable the drop-down menu. Instead, make each top-level menu choice available. Let that lead to a regular web page and present the drop-down option in accessible HTML format.
- A second solution involves using a plugin to make the mega menu accessible through the screen reader. This might also require some structural modification to CSS and HTML.
If you have an interest in updating your website to include mega menus, contact Effect Web Agency. We have locations in Granger, Indiana, and Indianapolis to better serve businesses like yours.