We recommend that each site use a main menu, header menu, and footer menu. The main menu is for the most popular parts of your site — places like your online store or services tab that new customers will want to access quickly. Header menus are for important links returning visitors will find handy, like an account login or search feature. Finally, the footer menu is for information that most people don’t look for right away, like privacy policies and other legal pages.
We recommend that you limit each of the three menus to five menu items or less. This may sound a bit extreme, but the human eye doesn’t like clutter. A simpler menu will be more visually appealing and make your site easier to use. If you absolutely need more than five menu items, use a dropdown menu. Organize and nest pages in a logical manner to make navigation simple.
By following these guidelines, your menus will be simple and easy to navigate. This makes for a better online experience for your customers, which means more returning visitors and sales. A little menu planning now will go a long way for your website’s future!