Building a Mega-Navigation Menu with CSS3 and jQuery

Larger navigation menus will typically include separate dropdown lists to appear on hover. But for some websites it can be necessary to expand this dropdown across the entire page. Designers might call this a “mega navigation” for its influence over the whole menu.

In this tutorial I want to demonstrate a method of creating one unified mega navigation menu. There are many different techniques you can use to achieve a similar effect. I’ll be using jQuery to embed sub-navigation content into a dropdown mega nav box. Take a look at my live demo to see the final design.

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Easy Display Switch with CSS and jQuery

Today, I would like to go over a quick and simple way to allow your users to switch page layouts by using CSS and jQuery.

Today’s web users expect web pages to be increasingly more interactive. To this end, the ability to change page layouts provides your users with a more immersive experience and allows them to consume information more easily, either with a quick gallery view, or a detailed summary view.

Building Vertical-Tabbed Content Sections with jQuery

Ajax-style loading boxes are useful when displaying large sets of related data. Think about something like an FAQ page, knowledgebase, or support system. Any type of navigation is often suitable as long as the user can determine how to navigate between content areas.

In this tutorial I want to demonstrate how we can build a custom vertical content section using jQuery. All of the internal content is held inside div containers which can be navigated with an icon-based menu. This content isn’t loaded externally via Ajax, but is instead hidden & displayed using content sections already on the page. Check out my live sample demo to get an idea of what we are building.

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Case Study: Building an ‘About the Author’ Box in WordPress 3.2

I’m sure those of you familiar with Wordpress blogs have seen the many author box designs. Most of the popular web design and social media magazines feature some type of author display box towards the bottom of each post. This features the author name, avatar, and generally a short bio along with profile links.

Wordpress users who are up to date with the latest 3.2.x release can easily implement this feature via custom plugins to extend WP functionality. But I want to explain how you can custom-code your own author box! I feel this method gives you more control over the layout and you can manipulate the HTML/CSS much further than with plugin codes.