Dan Wellman evaluates free and commercial software that can help you create menus that expand into sub-menus and are used as a means of navigating your site. He looks at browser-based and GUI-based formats and makes some recommendations.
Why would you want to do this? Adding this kind of feature to a website will not only make it aesthetically pleasing, it will make it interactive. This is a distinct need for any site competing for hits. If people not only enjoy visiting your site, but actually remember that it exists, there's more chance of them coming back.
The only problem is, which of the many variants on this theme do you choose? You may be the sort of person that likes to do your own research, spending hours searching for, downloading, and testing programs until you find one that meets your individual needs. If so, go right ahead, believe me, there are enough of these programs out there to keep you going for some time. If you'd rather get down to some serious web design without wasting time however, read on.
Evaluate Your Needs
First you need to evaluate your needs and categorize yourself; are you a home user who just wants to add a bit of sparkle to your personal homepage, an enthusiast that wants to make a bold statement without breaking the bank, or the web professional with a corporate presence to keep on the cutting edge of design?
The real reason for doing this is to decide how much money you want to spend. It makes sense if you only have one website that you'd like to place a visually-enhanced menu navigation system on to do it for free, but a web master would find it a long and painful process using a small freeware application to implement a similar navigation system across multiple sites.