Sticky Sidebar Navigation with jQuery - Vertical Navigation

Sticky Sidebar Navigation with jQuery - Vertical Navigation
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Vertical Navigation is a jQuery plugin that creates a sidebar multi-level navigation menu sticky at the left side of your web page.

How to use it:

1. Include the Font Awesome 4 for the menu icons.

<link href="//netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/font-awesome/4.1.0/css/font-awesome.min.css" rel="stylesheet">

2. Create the Html for a multi-level navigation menu using nested Html lists.

<div id="contentWrapper">
  <div id="contentLeft">
    <ul id="leftNavigation">
      <li class="active"> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-coffee leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 1 </a>
        <ul>
          <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-angle-right leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 1.1 </a> </li>
          <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-angle-right leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 1.2 </a> </li>
        </ul>
      </li>
      <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-flask leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 2 </a>
        <ul>
          <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-angle-right leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 2.1 </a> </li>
          <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-angle-right leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 2.2 </a> </li>
          <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-angle-right leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 2.3 </a> </li>
        </ul>
      </li>
      <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-truck leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 3</a>
        <ul>
          <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-angle-right leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 3.1 </a> </li>
          <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-angle-right leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 3.2 </a> </li>
          <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-angle-right leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 3.3 </a> </li>
        </ul>
      </li>
      <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-envelope-o leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 4 </a>
        <ul>
          <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-angle-right leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 4.1 </a> </li>
          <li> <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-angle-right leftNavIcon"></i> Menu 4.2 </a> </li>
        </ul>
      </li>
    </ul>
  </div>
  <div id="contentRight">
    Your main content goes here
  </div>
</div>

3. Include the latest version of jQuery library and the jQuery vertical navigation plugin at the end of the document.

<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.11.1/jquery.min.js"></script> 
<script src="js/object/VerticalNavigation.min.js"></script> 

4. Initialize the plugin.

$(function() {

    var verticalNavigation = new SSDSystem.VerticalNavigation();
    verticalNavigation.init();

});

5. Add the following CSS snippets in your existing CSS file or include the app.css directly in your page's head section.

body {
 background-color: #fff;
 color: #666;
 font-family: "Open sans", Sans-serif;
 padding: 0;
 margin: 0
}

a {
 text-decoration: none
}

h1 {
 margin-top: 0
}

#contentWrapper {
 width: 100%;
 height: 100%;
 position: relative
}

#contentLeft {
 z-index: 10;
 width: 250px;
 height: 100%;
 position: fixed;
 top: 0;
 left: 0;
 background-color: #283c51
}

#contentRight {
 padding: 1.3rem 2rem;
 margin-left: 250px
}

#leftNavigation {
 margin: 2rem 0
}

#leftNavigation,
#leftNavigation li ul {
 list-style: none;
 padding: 0
}

#leftNavigation li a {
 font-size: 0.875rem;
 display: block;
 padding: 0.8rem 1rem 0.8rem 3rem;
 color: #adadad;
 border-bottom: solid 1px #395673;
 text-overflow: ellipsis;
 overflow: hidden;
 position: relative;
 -webkit-transition: color 0.2s ease;
 transition: color 0.2s ease
}

#leftNavigation li a,
#leftNavigation li a .leftNavIcon {
 line-height: 120%
}

#leftNavigation li a .leftNavIcon {
 position: absolute;
 top: 0;
 left: 0;
 width: 3rem;
 padding: 0.8rem 0;
 text-align: center
}

#leftNavigation li a:hover {
 color: #fff
}

#leftNavigation li ul {
 display: none;
 margin: 0;
 background-color: #17232f
}

#leftNavigation li ul li a {
 border-bottom: solid 1px #233547
}

#leftNavigation li ul li:last-child a {
 border-bottom: none
}

#leftNavigation li ul li.active a {
 color: #fff
}

#leftNavigation li.active>a {
 color: #fff
}

#leftNavigation li.active ul {
 display: block
}

#leftNavigation>li.active {
 background-color: #427c97
}

6. Default settings.

// CSS class automatically applied to the top level ul tag
classMaster : 'master',

// CSS class applied to the most recently clicked li tag.
classActive : 'active',

// CSS class applied to the first level li tag
classClickable : 'clickable'

Change logs:

2015-06-26

  • Added 'clickable' option

2014-06-09

  • Removed sub-navigation method to call the link directly once clicked
  • Updated compass config and re-rendered css using expanded output

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by sebastiansulinski. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.