A website’s main navigation menu is usually found in the website header or at the top of the main sidebar. It’s an essential component of your website design as site visitors use it to navigate your website. The WordPress menu system allows you to add custom menus to widget areas like your sidebar or footer. This will come in handy for adding extra menu areas to your site.

These days, most WordPress themes use a dropdown menu design for the main menu. They’re simple but quite functional. The only downside to this is that they can be a little plain-looking. Lucky for you, menu designs can easily be customized!

In today’s post, we’re going to share with you 5 of the best free WordPress plugins to help improve the design of your menus. Some of the plugins support menus that are two or three levels deep, while some have additional functionality like the ability to add images and columns of content (also referred to as Mega Menus). And best of all, they’re free and have been tested and verified to work with the latest version of WordPress. What more could you possibly ask for?

ShiftNav

ShiftNav

ShiftNav is a great WordPress plugin that allows you to add a touch-enabled navigation bar to the top of your website. You can assign any WordPress menu to it, and it even comes with a light and dark color scheme to suit your preference. If you want more options, you can use custom CSS or disable the theme skin altogether.

Every aspect of the bar menu can easily be modified through the setting area. This includes colors, font size, text alignment, and the size of buttons.

Responsive Menu

Responsive Menu

This WordPress plugin allows you to display a three-lined menu symbol on mobile devices. It also displays naturally if you reduce the width of your browser. Once a visitor clicks on the menu button, the navigation menu will slide from the left or right – your choice!

You can tweak every aspect of the menu via the settings area. You can change the colors, font type, font size, and animation settings. You can also choose the width of your page in which the menu will display. The default setting is 600px, which means that when the browser has a smaller resolution, the menu will be displayed.

Dropdown Menu Widget

Dropdown Menu Widget

Dropdown Menu Widget is a flexible WordPress plugin that features 16 color schemes. You can define custom CSS if you want to create your own style. All of the animation effects and colors can be adjusted through the plugin settings area.

Besides the ability to insert a menu into a widget area, Dropdown Menu Widget also provides you with the necessary PHP code to directly add it to your theme.

jQuery Mega Menu Widget

jQuery Mega Menu Widget

Developed by Design Chemical, this plugin for WordPress allows you to add stylish horizontal and vertical widgets to any widget area on your site. You can select dropdown levels by click or on hover, and there are even fade and slide animations available. The plugin comes with 8 color choices, and you also have the option to use your theme’s default styling if that’s your thing.

Responsive Select Menu

Responsive Select Menu

Responsive Select Menu is another responsive menu plugin that’s available for free. Your default navigation menu will be displayed once a visitor views your web page on a desktop, laptop or landscape view on a tablet. If the browser width is smaller than the size you define in the settings area, your menu will be replaced with a dropdown menu.

The plugin features a dedicated configurations page for integrating it with UberMenu. You also have the option to restrict the dropdown menu to only be displayed on certain pages.