You’ve seen them all over the internet, mega menus have been sneaking under your cursor since the early 2000s to deliver you every possible link on a website you could possibly want – whether you like it or not. To be clear, I’m not totally against mega menus. They have their place when used in a smart, practical way that achieves a user’s (and business’) goal. To help add clarity to this topic I’m going to explain exactly what I mean when I talk about “mega menus.”

What is a “Mega Menu”?

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. Also, “deep footers” containing excessive, if not every, navigation link are also considered mega menus even though they do not employ dropdown functionality.