Commonly, a menu lies on the header section of a website. WordPress has a built-in feature to create a menu on your website. However, to make your menu looks more eye-catching, you need a plugin (unless you have coding skills).
If you use Elementor on your WordPress site, you can upgrade to the pro version and create a custom header and use the Nav Menu widget to add an eye-catching menu to the custom header you are creating. Other page builder plugins, such as Divi Builder, also come with a theme builder feature to create a custom header.
Some WordPress themes like Newspaper X and Jupiter X also come with a default feature to create a stunning menu. You can even create a mega menu. If you use a theme that has no such a feature, you can use one of the following plugins to create a better-looking menu on your website.
JetMenu is technically an Elementor add-on. To use it, you need to have Elementor installed and activated on your WordPress. It is designed to create a mega menu in Elementor. Even so, you can also use it to create a simple menu. JetMenu makes use of the intuitive Elementor editor to create the mega menu content. When creating a mega menu content using JetMenu, you can technically add any Elementor widget you want. JetMenu adds two widgets to your Elementor:
- Mega Menu
- Vertical Mega Menu
You can use the Mega Menu widget to create a horizontal mega menu, while for the Vertical Mega Menu, you can use it to create a vertical mega menu. When creating a menu using JetMenu, you can add elements like icon and badge. You can customize nearly everything. From typography (font family, font size, font style, and so on), text color, background color, icon size, and so on.
JetMenu itself is a premium Elementor add-on developed by Crocoblock. It is a part of JetPlugins, a set of premium Elementor add-ons developed by Crocoblock. You can get it at $19 per year.
If you don’t use Elementor and want to create a mega menu on your WordPress site while the theme you use doesn’t have a default feature to do so, you can use UberMenu. This is a paid plugin, but you will love its features. This plugin allows you to create a mega menu from the existing content on your website.
From posts, pages, links, and so on. You can also create advanced submenu layouts with the built-in column grid system offered by the plugin. Some content types you can add to your menu are:
- Post grid
- Search bar
- Google Maps
- Contact form
- Tabber content
3. Max Mega Menu
Max Mega Menu is a great option if you are looking for a free solution to create a mega menu on your WordPress site. After installing and activating this plugin, it will automatically turn the existing menu on your website into a mega menu. You can then add WordPress widgets to your menu. Of course, there are also options to style up the menu.
In addition to creating a mega menu, you can also use this plugin to create an off-canvas menu. There is also an option to specify the responsive breakpoint for the mobile menu. You can also customize the mobile toggle bar (the hamburger icon).
The developer of the Max Mega Menu plugin offers an extension that adds more features. The extension allows you to create a sticky menu, tabbed mega menu, vertical menu, and an accordion menu. You can also integrate your menu with WooCommerce and Easy Digital Download. The extension also brings over 600 icons.
4. Mega Main Menu
Mega Main Menu is an affordable plugin that you can use to create a wide range of menu types on your WordPress site. You can use it to create menu types like mega menu, a simple menu with multiple columns, and so on. Some key features offered by this menu plugin are:
- Sticky menu
- 1600+ vector icons
- 10+ dropdown combinations
- WPML compatible
You can see the menu demos created using this plugin on its official website.
5. Responsive Menu
Responsive Menu is pretty similar to Max Mega Menu. You can use it for free with an option to upgrade to the pro version to unlock more features. You will be able to customize everything related to your menu. From the typography, background color, and so on.
With the pro version of this plugin, you will be able to preview your menu before implementing it to your site. You can also apply an animation effect if you like it.
Are you a Divi user? If yes then QuadMenu is a great plugin for you. You can use this plugin to create a mega menu on your Divi-powered WordPress. QuadMenu is integrated with Divi customizer dashboard to allow you to create a mega menu and tabbed menus. No coding skills are required.
What about other theme users?
QuadMenu is not developed exclusively for Divi theme. You can also use this plugin on other WordPress themes. QuadMenu itself is released as a freemium plugin. While you can use it for free, the pro version offers more features. The pro version allows you to add a login form to your menu as well as adding elements like social networks, tabs, and carousel.
7. Superfly Responsive Menu
Superfly is a great plugin to create a responsive menu on a WordPress site. It comes with a live customizer so you can preview every change you made. It supports a wide range of menu modes such as slide-in menu, static menu, compact icon navigation bar, fullscreen mode, and skewed panel.
When creating a menu using this plugin, you will be able to add elements like images, icons, separators, social media icons, and so on. Superfly supports display conditions. You can set the menu to appear only on the specific page(s) or hide it on the specific page(s). You can see the examples of menus created with this plugin on this page.
8. WP Mobile Menu
WP Mobile Menu is a plugin that is designed to help you to optimize your website menu for mobile devices. All plugins above actually allow you to do so, but WP Mobile offers something more, especially the pro version. For instance, you can add a live search feature to your mobile menu.
You can also disable a mobile menu in the specific page(s), add animated icons, apply an overlay full width, and so on. If you use WooCommerce, you can also add a menu cart icon, sliding cart, and checkout icon to your header. You can try the free version of WP Mobile Menu to figure out if the features offered by this plugin meet your qualifications.
9. Hero Menu
Hero Menu is a menu plugin for WordPress that comes with comprehensive features. It comes with a drag-and-drop menu builder that allows you to create a beautiful menu without coding. You can create a multi-column menu, mega menu, or an eye-catching simple menu. When creating a mega menu using this plugin, you can add content from your site.
Be it blog posts or your WooCommerce products. You can see the examples of menus created with Hero Menu on this page. Hero Menu has been bested in popular WordPress themes as follows:
- X Theme
For mobile menu, Hero Menu allows you to choose mobile responsive breaking point. About the menu layout, you can select whether a full-width menu or fixed width navigation bar. Styles like rounded corners and transparency can be configured. If you have CSS knowledge, you can also use your own style to your menu.
10. WP Floating Menu Pro
As the name suggests, WP Floating Menu Pro is a menu plugin that is designed to create a floating menu. This plugin is ideal to be used on a one-page site. Your visitors will be able to jump from one section to another by clicking the items on the floating menu.
You can set the floating menu to be located whether on the left side, on the right side, or on the bottom side. There are over 10 different menu templates you can choose from.
11. WP Mega Menu
WP Mega Menu is a menu plugin developed by the same developer as Tutor LMS, a learning management system plugin for WordPress. WP Mega Menu, as the name suggests, is a plugin that you can use to create a mega menu on your WordPress site. WP Mega Menu is released as a freemium plugin, meaning that you can use it for free with an option to upgrade to the pro version to unlock more features.
WP Mega Menu comes with a drag-and-drop menu builder to ease your job in creating the menu. WP Mega Menu is integrated with Font Awesome, allowing you to add icons to your menu items. You can see the examples of menus created with WP Mega Menu on this page.