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8 Best CSS3 Menus

We showcased some of the top CSS3 tutorials for menus in the past. That was just a sampling of what's available on the internet when it comes to menus and CSS3, so here are eight more for you to explore and learn.

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8 Best CSS3 Menus
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Create a fancy menu using CSS3 and jQuery

The menu created for this tutorial displays some of the powerful features of CSS3.  The menu itself isn't complicated, but it does look good.  As you move your cursor over different menu items, they become highlighted.  This is a nice little animated effect that also has some usefulness since your visitors will be able to click on intended items with less errors.

The first menu example is in simple black and white.  The other examples listed experiment with different colors to help add some variety.

Link: http://blog.insicdesigns.com/2010/02/creating-a-fancy-menu-using-css3-and-jquery/

CSS3 drop-down menu

Drop-down menus are great because they offer full functionality in a clean package, as they do not take up unnecessary space on your page.  Here's a tutorial that shows you how to create a CSS3 drop-down menu that works across multiple browsers and offers a sleek, modern look.

As mentioned, the drop-down menu created in this example works across browsers, even if CSS3 is not supported.  This is important to maintain functionality amongst differing visitors.  Various properties are employed to arrive at the final result, including box-shadow, text-shadow, and border-radius.  The style is similar to the one found on Macs, which is another plus.  If you are looking for a menu design that looks good and accommodate almost any type of website, this is it.

Link: http://webdesignerwall.com/tutorials/css3-dropdown-menu

A fresh bottom slide out menu with jQuery

Most menus that include any slide out animations have items slide in a downward manner.  This tutorial changes that up by causing its items to slide from the bottom up.  It's a nice change of pace that can give your site's menu a look that stands out from the crowd. 

At first glance, the menu displays different items in large, modern font.  Moving your cursor over each item causes a description to slide out, plus an icon.  The interaction is generated with jQuery, while the rounded styling and shadow effects are done with CSS3.  Despite all the styling and action involved, the menu is not too hard to create.

Link: http://tympanus.net/codrops/2010/03/09/a-fresh-bottom-slide-out-menu-with-jquery/

CSS3 minimalistic navigation menu

This tutorial showcases a menu that offers standard functionality but looks good doing it.  The main draw of the tutorial is that the menu you create handles compatibility issues appropriately.  In other words, you will get its full effects when using an optimized Webkit browser but it will also work properly and degrade gracefully with other browsers.  Since so many users differ in their browser preferences, the need for having a menu that works in all situations is obvious.

The menu in this tutorial includes some slick animation based off of the CSS3 transition property that causes a description to pop out to the side when you mouse over one of the menu's icons.  To help site loading times, all of the background images used for the menu's navigation items are contained in a single sprite file.  If the default images are not to your liking, you can customize them since a PSD file is included in the tutorial's downloadable file.

Link: http://tutorialzine.com/2010/06/css3-minimalistic-navigation-menu/

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