Posts tagged with Drop Down Menus

How should drop-down menus be activated? Hover or click?

When used well, drop-down menus should help users to navigate more effectively. 

They allow easy access to various sections of a website, and allow designers to tidy up busy layouts. 

In this post I want to look at how drop-downs should be activated. Is it better that users open menus by mousing over them, or by a click?


E-commerce drop-down menus: examples and best practices

Drop-down menus are a valuable navigational tool for e-commerce and other sites. There are potential usability issues, but a well designed drop-down will help customers to navigate more quickly and effectively. 

In this post, I'll look at some of the pros and cons of drop-downs, mega drop-downs, as well as some examples and best practices from a range of e-commerce sites. 


Huge drop-down menus are good for usability - Nielsen

While regular drop-down menus on websites can be bad from a user experience perspective, bigger versions can improve usability by overcoming the drawbacks and allowing users to see all the options at once without scrolling.

Usability guru Jakob Nielsen makes this point in his latest Alertbox post, recommending the use of such menus to improve the user experience, as well as providing some tips on making 'mega drop-downs' more user friendly. I've been looking at a few examples of drop-down menus...