While development on my Nighthawk theme has been really slow lately , I just found some inspiration which might just give me the kick in the pants that I need to get the job done! I’ve always like the way the big media sites such as fox.com or cbs.com have super-huge dropdown menus. I believe that they are called something like “mega menus” or something silly like that. Whatever they are called, I WANTS ME SOME! and I’m gonna get ‘em :)
I was really inspired after viewing this site for the first time: cognition.happycog.com. While it’s a beautiful site all around, the thing that I like the most is the two links in the upper left-hand side of the page. At the time of this writing they are labeled “Articles” and “Topics”. When you hover over them, awesomeness appears … much like the other sites I mentioned before.
After seeing the Happy Cog site, a light bulb appeared above my head and the filament began to glow! Basically, I thought “How hard would it be to mold a WordPress widget area into a dropdown menu”. So I grabbed a fresh copy of my Proto Theme and had at it.
It was actually fairly easy to do and the possibilities are endless here! You can pretty much do everything you want to inside a widget and being able to display widgets as a “Dropdown menu” is pretty rad imho. You can even use the built-in Custom Menu Widget to provide traditional navigation within the widget area.
Here’s what it looks like:
Check it Out!
I have uploaded a working version of this to Github if anyone is interested. Please lick the following link to visit the project’s page. Completely open to suggestions on this one!
I’ll be periodically enhancing this project. Here’s the a list of the most recent progress. Feel free to join in at any time :)
What do you think?
So, I’m pretty excited about this! What do you think? Have you seen this before? Can you think of any issues with it?