Pure CSS3 Beatiful Drop Down Menu

we will show you how to create a beautiful drop down menu using CSS3. We are going to create the menu without using Javascript, only CSS properties.

 

The html code

we will show you how to create a beautiful drop down menu using CSS3. We are going to create the menu without using Javascript, only CSS properties.

We have used the sub class because we need to round only the upper corner of the menu items that contain an extra level.

The CSS code

The creation of CSS code consists of two main phases:

  1. structure code
  2. design code

The first step will allow us to create the layout structure of the menu and the drop-down effect. Before starting our code, we need to include into the CSS file a CSS reset. We have chosen the famous Eric Meyer’s CSS reset.

Now we can create the structure and the drop down effect with the following code:

#nav {
margin: 50px;
z-index: 10;
display: block;
}
#nav li { float: left; }
#nav li:hover { position: relative }

#nav li a { display: block; }

#nav li ul {
margin-top: -2px;
display: none;
}
#nav li:hover ul {
display:block;
position:absolute;
}

#nav li ul li a {
width: 150px;
}

The CSS code we’re going to integrate within the preceding code is as follows:

#nav li:hover > a {
background: #021A1A;

box-shadow: 5px 5px 25px #000;
-moz-box-shadow: 5px 5px 25px #000;
-webkit-box-shadow: 5px 5px 25px #000;

border-radius: 10px;
-moz-border-radius: 10px;
-webkit-border-radius: 10px;
}
#nav li.sub:hover > a {
border-radius: 10px 10px 0 0;
-moz-border-radius: 10px 10px 0 0;
-webkit-border-radius: 10px 10px 0 0;
}

#nav li a {
color: #fff;
font-weight: bold;
text-decoration: none;
padding: 12px;
}
#nav li a:hover { background-color: #021A1A; }

#nav li ul {
background: #fff;
margin-top: -2px;
}

#nav li ul {
background: rgba(255,255,255,0.5);
padding: 10px 5px;

box-shadow: 5px 5px 25px #000;
-moz-box-shadow: 5px 5px 25px #000;
-webkit-box-shadow: 5px 5px 25px #000;

border-radius: 0px 15px 15px 15px;
-moz-border-radius: 0px 15px 15px 15px;
-webkit-border-radius: 0px 5px 5px 5px;
}
#nav li ul li a, #nav li ul li a:hover {
background: transparent;
color: #000;
width: 150px;
font-size: 0.95em;
font-weight: normal;
}
#nav li ul li a:hover { text-decoration: underline;
box-shadow: none;
-moz-box-shadow: none;
-webkit-box-shadow: none;

border-radius: 0;
-moz-border-radius: 0;
-webkit-border-radius: 0;
}

As you have seen, we have used many new properties from CSS3 as box-shadow, border-radius and rgba.

You can see the final CSS code below:

body {
background: #000 url(citylights_medium.jpg) no-repeat;
font: 12px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}

#nav {
margin: 50px;
z-index: 10;
display: block;
}

#nav li { float: left; }
#nav li:hover { position: relative }

#nav li:hover > a {
background: #021A1A;

box-shadow: 5px 5px 25px #000;
-moz-box-shadow: 5px 5px 25px #000;
-webkit-box-shadow: 5px 5px 25px #000;

border-radius: 10px;
-moz-border-radius: 10px;
-webkit-border-radius: 10px;
}

#nav li.sub:hover > a {
border-radius: 10px 10px 0 0;
-moz-border-radius: 10px 10px 0 0;
-webkit-border-radius: 10px 10px 0 0;
}

#nav li a {
color: #fff;
font-weight: bold;
text-decoration: none;
padding: 12px;
display: block;
}
#nav li a:hover { background-color: #021A1A; }

#nav li ul {
background: #fff;
margin-top: -2px;
display: none;
}
#nav li:hover ul {
display:block;
position:absolute;
}

#nav li ul {
background: rgba(255,255,255,0.5);
padding: 10px 5px;

box-shadow: 5px 5px 25px #000;
-moz-box-shadow: 5px 5px 25px #000;
-webkit-box-shadow: 5px 5px 25px #000;

border-radius: 0px 15px 15px 15px;
-moz-border-radius: 0px 15px 15px 15px;
-webkit-border-radius: 0px 5px 5px 5px;
}
#nav li ul li a, #nav li ul li a:hover {
background: transparent;
color: #000;
width: 150px;
font-size: 0.95em;
font-weight: normal;
}
#nav li ul li a:hover { text-decoration: underline;
box-shadow: none;
-moz-box-shadow: none;
-webkit-box-shadow: none;

border-radius: 0;
-moz-border-radius: 0;
-webkit-border-radius: 0;
}

The menu that we have created is compatible with all new versions of each browser (Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome, IE). It works also with IE8 and degrades rather well with IE7.

Download: http://www.htmldrive.net/items/download/1063

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