After a much-mentioned article by Jakob Nielsen, “mega menus” became all the rage, but there are some serious issues to consider before diving in. The can create serious usability issues and negatively impact your site information architecture and, ultimately how you are found, ranked and categorized by the search engines.
Mega menus have been heralded as a usability enhancement, but they can also result in serious usability challenges. It’s not a simple yes or no. It’s quite easy to end up with navigation that is difficult, occasionally impossible, for the user to actually navigate.
Search engines have made a lot of progress in terms of figuring out what your page is about, but large numbers of navigation links muddy the signal you send to the search engines, both about your page and about the rest of your site. There are lots of possible solutions, but the real solution is getting the information architecture right.
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I have nothing especially original to add here — this page is mostly meant as a bookmark for my memory. The fix for a vertical menu is slightly (but only slightly) different from the solution outlined in the official docs, so here it is. Essentially, the problem is this: the Fusion theme for Drupal uses […]
These are just some random notes on various solutions and half solutions people have put out there for making “mega menus” in Drupal. I’m sure there are much better roundups out there. I just don’t want this to fade entirely into the disorganized soup of my delicious bookmarks. In brief, a mega menu is a […]