One of the most vital tasks of a user experience designer is to make sure that the website’s navigation is simple and user-friendly. And what other way to make this possible than through navigation tabs.
Well-designed navigation tabs not only help users know where to go, they are important to drive traffic to the internal pages of your website or blog as well.
So, for my web designer friends, here is a long list of nice and clean CSS tab-based navigation scripts. Each option has a live demo along with its download source. So go on and take a look for yourself.
bootstrap-tabs-x – An extended tabs plugin built on the top of Bootstrap Tabs. It can align tabs, rotate titles, load content via AJAX, and numerous more features. [Demo]
Tabby – Tabby lets you create simple toggle tabs, which can show any content including videos. It offers various advanced options and supports NPM and Bower too. [Demo]
Responsive Tabbed Navigation – A modern, handy tabbed navigation backed by JS and CSS, which is built with mobile-first in mind and supports horizontal as well as vertical positioning styles. [Demo]
Pure CSS Tabs – A simple tabs snippet created using CSS and JS. Though the example code show plain tabs yet you can beautify the tabs by changing their styling using CSS. [Demo]
Tabsy CSS – A CSS-only library for creating simple toggle components like tabs. This library, unlike few of above ones, needs no dependencies – not even any JS code. [Demo]
Tabbis.js – Tabbis is a simple yet advanced plugin. Using its advanced configuration options, you can create nested tabs and define callbacks too. [Demo]
Equal-width Navigation Tabs – A code snippet, showcasing the use of plain CSS to build equal-width navigation tabs. You can customize the look, but it does not offer advanced options out of the box. [Demo]
Twitter Bootstrap Wizard – Twitter Bootstrap Wizard is a plugin to build wizards of a tabbable structure. I noticed you could create just tabs by hiding or removing the next and previous buttons. [Demo]
Just Another CSS Tabs – A beautifully-crafted tab structure built with just CSS, which works on modern browsers. However, unlike few powerful plugins gave above, it has no advanced options. [Demo]
Responsive Accordion to Tabs – Responsive Accordion to Tabs, as the name suggests, works as accordion or tabs based on the screen width. It shows tabs if possible else accordion if size is small. [Demo]
CardTabs – CardTabs is an ultra-light tabs plugin based on jQuery, which comes with multiple themes. You can also create new themes and set the active tab dynamically. [Demo]