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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.
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