CSS Menus – Top 7 Benefits of a CSS Menu

For years most web designers used the traditional style navigation menus for building web sites. The last few years many have moved to creating css menus. Technological changes have enabled web designers to create web sites that attract visitors from the search engines. Instead of using the once popular table-based design, they now create the whole site using css and xhtml.

Top 7 Benefits of CSS Menus

1. Clean and simple code

Unlike the normal javascript-based menus that utilize images to create the hover affect, a CSS-based menu creates code that is clean, simple and renders correctly in the major browsers.

2. Fast loading

Web pages tend to load faster because less html code is used than table-based or flash-based menus.

3. Search engine friendly

Search engines love code that is easy to spider. Because the code used is clean, uncluttered and easy to validate it has a greater potential to rank higher than sites using messy code.

5. Greater accessibility

Not all computer users are able to read or navigate your web site. You can appeal to a wider audience by coding the css menu
for physically impaired ie a person with poor eye site can navigate your site using the keyboard.

6. Easy to modify

The external cascading style sheet (CSS) contains all the css code to make rapid changes throughout your whole site. For example if you need to change the background of your menu you just need to edit one line of code in your css.

7. Flexibility

If you need to create multiple css menus, use css classes instead of divs in your web page design.


If your web designer is still stuck in old web design technologies consider finding one that uses pure css and xhtml. Your site will be better prepared for the future because it will contain clean code, be fast loading, accessible and search engine friendly.

Herman Drost is the Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW)
owner and author of Web Design, SEO, Hosting

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