Best jQuery Navigation Plugins You Can’t Miss

Navigation system is a key element for a website, a proper and easy navigation system allows visitors to navigate through entire website without any hassle. There are plethora of plugins out there by which you can create a responsive and robust navigation system for your websites. In this article we will discuss some jQuery navigation plugins which you can use to create beautiful navigation systems ( tabs, menus, columns etc… ) for your websites and can deliver a friendly user interface to your visitors.

1. Sherpa


As the name suggests, Sherpa is a total solution for all your navigation requirements. Sherpa brings together the three main navigation elements of every interface – Navbar, Sidebar and Sticky Footer. Each one consists of a selection of different menu types including: Slide Menu, Mega Menu, Accordion Menu and Drop Menu. You can pick, choose and mix these to make a really unique navigation.

All three navigation elements can also be minimized or hidden to give your content even more space to be seen. The content will automatically grow to fill the space. It has 10 different colour skins, 12 beautiful background images, uses CSS3 effects and comes with 500+ icons.
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2. Offcanvas


OffCanvas is a lightweight, flexible jQuery off-canvas navigation plugin which lets you create fully accessible sidebar or top/bottom sliding (or push) panels with keyboard interactions and ARIA attributes.
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3. OkayNav


okayNav is a jQuery plugin to create responsive navigation that aims at progressively collapsing navigation links into an off-screen navigation instead of doing it for all the links at the same time.
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4. Responsive Nav


Responsive Nav is a tiny JavaScript plugin which weighs only ~1KB minified and Gzip’ed, and helps you to create a toggled navigation for small screens. It uses touch events and CSS3 transitions for the best possible performance. It also contains a “clever” workaround that makes it possible to transition from height: 0 to height: auto, which isn’t normally possible with CSS3 transitions.
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5. Metro Navigation


The Metro Flexible Navigation is a minimal, clean grid layout inspired by the new Windows 8 interface. It can be customized to be laid out horizontally or vertically. It’s scrollable and draggable at the same time and contains useful sliding controls. Icons can be changed, there is a large collection available.
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6. jQuery One Page Nav


A lightweight jQuery plugin for the navigation on one-page sites. Adds smooth scrolling when clicking on the navigation and automatically selects the correct navigation items as you are scrolling through the different sections. The plugin still works even if you add additional content to the page after the fact that changes the position of each section.
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7. FlexiNav


FlexiNav is the most flexible navigation system designed to work on any device. It is fully responsive and comes with 10 color presets. FlexiNav comes with a full set of drop downs sizes from fixed widths (12 sizes) to drop downs that can cover either the whole browser width or the whole menu bar width. Each drop down can independently stick to the left edge or to the right edge of its parent. In the same way, the menu bar can contain left aligned or right aligned items. All elements are resized down when viewed on a mobile device and the break points match the ones used in the Bootstrap framework.
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8. bigSlide.js


bigSlide is a teeny tiny (~1kb compressed) jQuery plugin for creating off-screen slide panel navigation. It will slide the navigation panel as well as any containers given the .push class (or a class of your choosing in the settings).
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9. jQuery iNav


iNav it’s a jQuery plugin that let you create an amazing animated Menu (even with multiple menus) or Items Showcasing. Inspired by Apple products navigation, iNav can introduce in your website a very powerful JavaScript navigation! In order to work properly, iNav requires at least jQuery 1.4 or higher.
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10. Quick and Pro Menu Navigation Plugin


Quick & Pro Menu creates a special style of jQuery menus which is only seldom seen in Websites. This plugin includes 2 level menu, flash style motion, 3 style categories, jQuery conflict free plugin and much more.
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11. stickUp


stickUp is a simple jQuery plugin that allows you to designate an element or navigation menu which will stick to the top of the page once scrolled past, and will return to place when scrolled past the other way.
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12. jQuery Navobile


jQuery Navobile is a jQuery plugin that makes mobile navigation easy. Navobile uses CSS to apply CSS3 translations, Mobile device detection and fixing the position of nav.
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13. ScrollNav.js


scrollNav is a light jQuery plugin that grabs your page’s existing content, divides it up into logical sections and builds a customizable scrolling sidebar navigation. Scroll this page and watch the nav follow along with you.
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14. jQuery Full Screen Nav


jQuery Full Screen Nav plugin makes a nav menu overlay the full screen & calculate a size for links on page load and window resize.
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15. StickyFooterNav


StickyFooterNav is a unique mega footer solution designed and coded to work and fit on any device. It is fully responsive and comes with a flexible grid system to hold your content within panels.

StickyFooterNav comes with a full set of panel sizes from fixed widths (12 sizes) to panels that can cover either the whole browser width or the menu width. Each panel can independently stick to the left edge or to the right edge of its parent. In the same way, the footer bar can contain left aligned or right aligned items. All elements are resized down when viewed on a mobile device with a single break point.
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Best jQuery Navigation Plugins You Can’t Miss
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