Ever wanted to change how your website visitors navigate your WordPress website without a full redesign? Or tailor your navigation for mobile devices so visitors browsing on mobile can navigate your site with ease? Then this post is for you.
This issue is of particular importance on smaller mobile screens, where desktop menus and navigations are often large and clunky. On the other hand you might already have a fully responsive website. One that changes to suit the screen size and device your visitors are using, but has a menu style you find limiting or unappealing.
Not to worry, we’ve selected a list of 6 WordPress plugins that allow you to change the way your visitors navigate your website automatically and with a minimum of set-up. We’ve put the emphasis on scrolling plugins because they tend to work great on mobile and desktop.
6 mobile And Scrolling Navigation Plugins
JetPack Plugin – Editors Pick
The Jetpack WordPress plugin actually has more than 30+ features ranging from infinite scroll and related posts, to stats and automatic backups. The feature we’re interested in for this post is the infinite scroll feature included in Jetpack. But because of all the other features, and the way they can be activated or deactivated individually, we’ve chosen this as our editors pick.
Snapshot of some other Jetpack features.
The infinite scroll feature of Jetpack once activated pulls the next posts automatically into view when the reader approaches the bottom of the page.
Easy Scroll Plugin
By Joel Worsham
Easy scroll is similar to the infinite scroll feature in Jetpack but is instead stand alone and more flexible. Easy Scroll add a “lazy load” of posts, pages, or any custom post type to your website site wherever you want it. When visitors scrolls to the bottom of your page, more posts will load automatically.
This plugin also has refined settings for how many posts will load each time, how far the viewer must scroll for new posts to load, and which pages to use it on.
Download Easy Scroll
ShiftNav Mobile Menu Plugin
By Seven Spark
Shift Nav is different from the other plugins above because the focus is not on scrolling but on site navigation. It looks and acts like native a app navigation with the menu sliding out from the side after the user touches an icon. Just like the many popular apps people use everyday, Facebook being one example.
You can see a demo of shift nav here: Demo
The menu colors can also be changed:
Download ShiftNav Mobile Menu
Responsive Menu Plugin
By Peter Featherstone
The responsive menu plugin is different from all the other plugins above because of it’s sheer customization possibilities, with 68 options you can choose from. This allows you to design the perfect menu for your particular website at the click of a few buttons. You can also just install and leave it on it’s default values if you just want a run of the mill mobile menu.
Download Responsive Menu
Mobile Navigation Plugin
This is a simple clean mobile navigation plugin that gives you some options such as color, location, and font. It also offers some advanced options for more experienced users to customize it some more. This is is a ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of plugin.
Download Mobile Navigation
WPFront Scroll to Top Plugin
This plugin is different from all the others because it’s not so much about site navigation, but making life easier for users. This is especially so for mobile users, for example when they’ve reach the bottom of a long page on a small smart phone screen, then have to scroll and scroll to get back to the top of the page. Which is usually where the website navigation is.
This plugin adds a button or image the user can just touch and be taken back to the top automatically. The button follows the user down the page and can be as simple as an arrow or can be a custom branded image you’ve added yourself.
Download WPFront Scroll Top
Good website navigation is vital for any website, and especially on mobile. With the plugins above you can make navigating your site on any device the painless and seamless experience visitors have come to expect.