Rotating Drop Down Menu with jQuery and CSS3

Rotating Drop Down Menu with jQuery and CSS3
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A horizontal dropdown mega menu component that drops down a rotating sub menu with item focus effects by using CSS3 transitions and a little jQuery magic.

How to use it:

1. Create the Html for a horizontal menu bar.

<div id="menu-wrapper">
  <ul class="menu">
    <li> <a href="#">Home</a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#">Categories</a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#">Blog</a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#">Contact</a> </li>
  </ul>
</div>

2. The sample CSS to style the menu bar.

#menu-wrapper {
  position: relative;
  display: block;
  z-index: 2;
  height: 60px;
  background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, from(#535557), to(#333532));
  background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #535557, #333532);
  background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #535557, #333532);
  background-image: -ms-linear-gradient(top, #535557, #333532);
  background-image: -o-linear-gradient(top, #535557, #333532);
  background-image: linear-gradient(to bottom, #535557, #333532);
  font-family: 'Oswald', sans-serif;
  font-size: 15px;
  color: #fff;
  text-align: center;
}

.menu {
  display: block;
  margin: 0 auto;
  padding: 0;
  width: 870px;
  text-align: left;
  list-style-type: none;
}

.menu li {
  display: inline-block;
  padding: 16px 10px 25px 10px;
  cursor: pointer;
  -webkit-transition: 0.3s ease-in-out;
  -moz-transition: 0.3s ease-in-out;
  -ms-transition: 0.3s ease-in-out;
  -o-transition: 0.3s ease-in-out;
  transition: 0.3s ease-in-out;
}

.menu a,
.menu a:visited {
  color: #fff;
  font-weight: bold;
  text-decoration: none;
}

3. Create the sub menus with rich content as follows.

<div id="submenu-wrapper">
  <ul class="submenu">
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110" /> Sub menu </a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110" /> Sub menu </a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110" /> Sub menu </a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110" /> Sub menu </a> </li>
  </ul>
  <ul class="submenu">
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110" /> Sub menu </a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110" /> Sub menu </a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110"/> Sub menu </a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110"/> Sub menu </a> </li>
  </ul>
  <ul class="submenu">
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110" /> Sub menu </a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110"/> Sub menu </a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110" /> Sub menu </a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110" /> Sub menu </a> </li>
  </ul>
  <ul class="submenu">
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110" /> Sub menu </a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110" /> Sub menu </a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110" /> Sub menu </a> </li>
    <li> <a href="#"> <img src="http://placehold.it/250x110"/> Sub menu </a> </li>
  </ul>
</div>

4. The CSS to style the sub menus.

#submenu-wrapper {
  position: absolute;
  right: 0;
  left: 0;
  display: block;
  z-index: 1;
  width: 850px;
  height: 136px;
  margin: -11px auto 0;
  padding: 10px 10px;
  background: rgba(33,37,37,0.9);
  font-family: 'Oswald', sans-serif;
  font-size: 13px;
  -webkit-border-bottom-right-radius: 10px;
  -webkit-border-bottom-left-radius: 10px;
  -moz-border-radius-bottomright: 10px;
  -moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 10px;
  border-bottom-right-radius: 10px;
  border-bottom-left-radius: 10px;
  box-shadow: 0px 2px 7px rgba(0,0,0,0.5);
  overflow: hidden;
}

.submenu {
  display: block;
  margin: 1em 0 1.5em;
  padding: 0;
  list-style-type: none;
}

.submenu li {
  display: inline-block;
  width: 210px;
  vertical-align: top;
  margin-bottom: .5em;
  text-align: center;
}

.submenu li img {
  display: block;
  margin: 0 auto 1em;
  width: 200px;
  border-radius: 5px;
  border: 0;
}

.submenu li a,
.submenu li a:visited {
  color: #fff;
  text-decoration: none;
}

5. Include the needed jQuery JavaScript library at the bottom of your web page.

<script src="//code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.1.min.js"></script> 

6. Enable the rotating sub menus on hover.

$(document).ready(function() {
  $('#submenu-wrapper').hide();
    /* Assign Variables*/
    menu          = $('.menu li');
    submenuWrapper    = $('#submenu-wrapper'); 
    submenu        = submenuWrapper.children('ul');
    firstSubmenu     = submenu.eq(0);
    
    /* menu on hover */
    menu.hover(
      function() {
        $('#submenu-wrapper').show();
        moveTo = $(this).index() * 11;
        showsubmenu(submenuWrapper);
        firstSubmenu.stop().animate({'marginTop' : '-'+moveTo+'em' });
      },
      
      function() { hidesubmenu(submenuWrapper); });
    
    /* sub menu hover */
    submenuWrapper.hover(
      function() { showsubmenu($(this)); },
      function() { hidesubmenu($(this));
    });
    
    /*Focus effect on selected child list item */
    submenu
      .children('li')
      .hover(    function() { $(this).siblings().stop().animate({'opacity':'0.5'}); }, 
          function() { $(this).siblings().stop().animate({'opacity':'1'}); });
    
    /* Focus effect on selected parent list item */
    submenu
      .hover(    function() { menu.eq($(this).index()).addClass('selected')  },
          function() { menu.eq($(this).index()).removeClass('selected') });
    
    /* Function to show sub menu */
    function showsubmenu(item) {
      if(!item.hasClass('show'))
        item.addClass('show').stop().animate({'marginTop' : '0'});
    }
    
    /* Function to hide sub menu */
    function hidesubmenu(item) {
      item.removeClass('show').stop().animate({'marginTop' : '-12em'});
    }
    
});

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