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Tips for Successfully Handling Responsive Navigation Menus


Responsive web design is the buzzing thing in the web designing industry, as it allows you the opportunity to display your website on various devices. Enabling you to keep the same content, it actually changes the lay-out of the site so that it fits into on all screen types. Responsive web design helps you create a different experience for the users while cutting down you time and cost.

However, responsive website design has got its own share of advantages and disadvantages and one of the greatest challenges that it will pose is the responsive navigation menus. Handling the issue of menu is easier when you are operating on the bigger screen, but to display the same menu and content in a conspicuous manner might be quite a challenge when the size of the screen shrinks. Here, we seek to offer you some tips on how to comprehensively design navigation menus for both big and small screens.


Think about prioritizing your content:

When you are thinking of targeting different screen resolution which is smaller than desktop, them the first and foremost thing to do will be to prioritize the content. Consider the option of keeping that content which will be the most helpful for your users. Try to assess the situation in which users access website from a mobile and consider their aims and goals and the type of content that they wish to see. Put crisp content for the mobile version of your site and as the journalists put it, make the top heavy! You need to put the USP of your brand or service at the top and persuade them to scroll down the entire part.

Flex your creative muscle to manage the limited screen space:

It goes without saying that when designing a site for mobile devices the greatest hurdle that the designers face is obviously the limited screen real estate. The challenge arises from the fact that one has to put that limited space to its best use by flexing creative muscle, at the same time keeping the look and feel of the site constant, so that the users do not get bewildered, thinking that they have landed on a different site. So the desktop and mobile version of your site must be compatible to each other to reassure the users that they are on the same site.

Some designs are suitable for all screen sizes:

There are some design strategies that work for all types of screen sizes. One clever way is to keep the navigation menu and layout simple and keeping the color scheme of the site same on all types of devices. You can turn the color encoding of the content items of the desk top version into buttons for clicking on those items for the mobile version. This kind of navigation menu comprising colored areas provides the scope for the tap of fingers.

Make use of the dropdown menus:

Dropdown menus come real handy to structure large and complicated content in a user-friendly manner. Lengthy and complex content is organized using the dropdown menus with multiple layers. But it should be incorporated into the site, which will be accessed through smaller screen and touch devices, with some caution because there is not going to be any hover effects and the available screen size can be very small.

Revolutionize the navigation menu:

This can be one effective way of handling the issue of navigation menu on smaller screen sizes. Although it runs the risk of getting your users bewildered, but this seems to be the best possible way to approach different devices. Do not cram your site with lots of items that can make the appearance of the site clumsy, rather organize them systematically utilizing the navigation menus. Introduce the multi layered menu, whereby visitors will select an item on the first layer which will take them to the site and then there should be a second dropdown menu with another layer of content that pertains to the same category.

Reject navigation menu totally:

The option of completely doing away with navigation menu is also open in front of you if your site do not contain a lot of contents and users easily find their way around in your site. In that case, the users have to scroll down the pages to view different contents. Then for every content category you can include link for more details. Also try to make the design and over-all appearance of your site visually appealing.


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Sudeep Banerjee

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Sudeep Banerjee is the Founder & President of B3NET Inc., the leading Orange County Web Development firm, since 1999 in California. He is a forward thinking leader with expertise in Digital Marketing, Web Design and Mobile Application Development and Amazon Sales Consulting. He is an author, speaker and a consultant with 28 years of experience. He loves to play Basketball and Golf.