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CSS Tabs – The Ultimate Tab Menus

Articles on Web Design and CSSPart of designing a WordPress Theme is the decision on how to structure the tab menus. There are two core tab menus in a traditional WordPress Theme: Categories and Pages. The Page menu lists the pseudo-static Pages such as About, Contact, Events, Schedule, Site Map, and other non-chronological web pages. The category lists are the blog’s table of contents, helping visitors find related collections of content. Typically, these are kept separate with the Page menu within the header of the design and the categories within the sidebar.

There are many ways to create these menus such as drop down vertical or horizontal menus displaying parent/child lists, simple lists, breadcrumbs, image maps, and more. A favorite style is the CSS Tab Menu, a drop down and/or highlighted graphically styled menu that uses only CSS or CSS with a little JavaScript. They can change color, size, and even shape when hovered over to accentuate them.

The , the online manual for WordPress Users, lists articles to help you style basic CSS tab menus for WordPress Themes specifically:

Other sources for information, tips, techniques, and examples of CSS tab menus, without and without JavaScript, include:

These are just a sample of the many online tutorials and examples of how to create different blog menu and navigation designs. Have fun exploring and learning!

NOTE: On an experienced personal note, many web designers are starting to replace CSS designed navigation with Flash. Flash is still in development as a web design tool and currently does not meet web standards for accessibility. Such design elements restrict navigation of your site for visually impaired or disabled visitors. Please avoid this technique if you want your site to meet web standards, accessibility, and equal opportunity access laws.

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  1. Posted July 12, 2008 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    I know it’s an old post, but the Dynamic Labs link has changed, and the code is no longer available.

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