How to Add Drop Down Menu in BloggerUpdated: April 22, 2016 | Posted: November 22, 2013 | By Andrei Pogorelov
The use of a drop-down menu is a highly convenient way to navigate. Unfortunately, most blogs at blogger.com do not have this handy feature. The main problem is that blogger.com does not include the Gadget for drop-down menus and most bloggers do not have the programming skills to work with HTML, CSS, etc.
As a starting point, I have created simple blog at http://dropdownmenugenerator.blogspot.com/. The blog includes a few pages and a few posts. Now we will add the menu to our blog step by step.
Step #1: Creating Our Menu
To create the menu, we will use the online tool - Drop Down Menu Generator. The main advantage of the Generator is that it does everything automatically, quickly, easily and gives out the professional menu which does not require additional customization. You can find more details about the Menu Generator in the post: Unusual menu editor - Drop Down Menu Generator.
- Setting the structure
Under the Structure Tab we define menu elements: Links, Headers and Separators. The Structure Editor is based on drag-and-drop functionality. It enables you to easily create a menu structure displaying multiple levels of hierarchy. For each Link Element, we set the URL of the page which is the URL we copy from our Blogger site and paste it into the Link field in Menu Generator.
To make our menu more user-friendly, we add an icon to each Link Element. Menu Generator includes general icons (Home, Help, E-mail, etc.), icons for social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), multi-purpose icons (arrows, dots, etc.) and others.
- Setting the appearance
The appearance of the menu is defined by a Template. As our blog has rounded corners, we choose the #R012 template from the collection. Next, we adjust the colors and the font in accordance with the style of our blog.
- Setting additional options and getting Embed Code
Under the Options Tab, we set the width to 100%, center alignment, and transparency. Our menu is finished now.
Menu Generator provides unlimited hosting for your menus. All you need is the Embed Code to display your menu directly on the web pages. Any modification made to the menu in Menu Generator will be immediately reflected in the menu on your site.
Step #2: Adding the Menu to Blog
In the gadget's Content Box we paste our Embed Code:
That's All! Now you can open your blog in the browser to see the drop-down menu on your blog.
It is important to note that a single menu instance is used for multiple pages of your blog. Any modification made to the menu in Menu Generator will be immediately reflected in the menu on your blog pages.
The basic characteristics of the menu created in Menu Generator
- Cross-Browser Support (IE 7.0+, Firefox 0.8+, Chrome 6.0+, Safari 1.2+, Opera 7.5+, etc.)
- Multiple levels of hierarchy
- Horizontal or vertical orientation
- Multilingual support
- Nice-looking transition effect
- Real PNG shadows
- Support for tooltips
- Submenus are displayed over Flash movies and HTML select boxes
- The code is dramatically small
- No third-party libraries (like jQuery)
- Multiple menus on a single page are allowed
I hope this short article will help any blogger to create professional multi-level drop-down menu for his blog. Please do not hesitate to ask questions, we love responding!
Live Demo (blog with menu): http://dropdownmenugenerator.blogspot.com/
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