A mega menu is typically defined as a drop down interface that is triggered by the user hovering over a link or defined area. This dropdown usually shows all options in one main, mega-panel and oftentimes groups related topics into categories.
Mega menus are a growing trend in web design. For sites that involve a lot of pages and/or products, a mega menu may be able to improve navigation and usability.
Mega menus are common on e-commerce sites because they typically include a lot of categories of different products, and so mega menus can be very useful for visitors. They are also a possibility for other large websites where fewer clicks can be used to get to a specific page with a mega menu.
The features of a mega drop-down menu
Typically, a mega menu:
- is a single drop-down that appears on hover
- shows all the options in one large panel
- groups options into related categories
- uses icons or other graphics to help the user.