The vast majority of websites use horizontal navigation menus. I have always favoured horizontal menus for navigation on my own websites as it is where I naturally gravitate towards.
Some types of websites, such as eCommerce websites, use a horizontal menu for the main navigation menu and a vertical menu for sub mens and sub categories.
There has been an increase in the number of websites online that use vertical menus for navigation. In particular, portfolio websites and personal blogs. I can see the appeal to them in some website designs; particularly those that have a vertical menu displayed in a sidebar.
This article contains a collection of the best premium WordPress themes available online that contain vertical menus. I hope you enjoy the list.
1. WP Longshore
WP Longshore is a very powerful, clean and fully responsive design (try re-sizing your browser). Coded with care in HTML5 & CSS3, WP Longshore is easy to customize and well documented. Its very easy to setup, and comes with free lifetime support via our support site.
NYKA is a clean and creative wordpress theme designed for portfolio websites that comes with many preconfigured pages and has unlimited possibilities to customize them in other different ways.
Want to show your awesome portfolio or photography works? Simply let Kose theme help you! It comes with a powerful page builder powered by Visual Composer plugin. Also, the theme already supports WPML plugin and you can easily use it for creating the multilingual site.
Argon is a unique and easy-to-use Photography WordPress theme built with the professional photographer and their needs as the main ‘focal point’. It comes with an intuitive designed interface, carefully crafted to ease the way to showcase your unforgettable photos.
Cobalt is an Responsive WordPress Theme for Architects & Creatives, it has been designed specially in a minimal & simple design concept, to make it easier for the customers to navigate within your website. Cobalt is fully responsive and it has Retina Ready icons thanks to Font Awesome.
Chitra is a responsive creative/portfolio/photography WordPress theme. It’s a full-Screen responsive design perfectly suitable for all kinds of creative websites, Portfolio website, photographers. If you are a photographer or creative studio in search of a new and modern web presence, you are indeed at a right place.
SwiftRay is one of the best things in the WordPress ecosystem, highly recommended when it comes to creating perfect SEO optimized website (that are certainly the faster websites) and to enhancing visitors experience whether you have a blogging site, or any business website.
Reva is a responsive creative/portfolio/photography WordPress theme. It’s a full-Screen responsive design perfectly suitable for all kinds of creative websites, Portfolio website, photographers. If you are a photographer or creative studio in search of a new and modern web presence, you are indeed at a right place.
ePix is the best fullscreen responsive WordPress Photography theme, perfect for photographers looking to showcase work on a professional platform. Packed with a ton of features unique to ePix, including the Fullscreen slider, stunning galleries, client login, advanced live Skin Editor, Visual Page Builder, Parallax, boxed or full-width site layout and so much more!
Solas is a Responsive Creative wordpress Theme with vertical menu.
Vertikal is a true multipurpose super responsive WordPress theme with a unique Vertical navigation or Vertical Menu which is the best choice for any company or person who needs a responsive site with a powerful yet easy to use responsive theme.
Build A Perfect Photography Portfolio Website With PhotoMaker Theme.As a Photographer one must need to display their work online, as it is the best means of demonstrating your high quality photographs and arts which makes you stand out among all.
Nordic is a clean, minimal responsive WordPress theme, optimized for best portfolio showcase for designers, photographers and other artists. Nordic is a full ajax theme, which loads only those dynamic parts, and makes browsing experience very smooth for your visitors.
Austin is a clean and creative wordpress theme that is stylishly multi-purpose and fully responsive. With a modern design, new technology and powerful suite of features Austin is ideal for creatives, corporates or blog websites.
BlackWell is a highly professional One Page WordPress Theme for creating interior designing websites. It provides an eye catching look showcasing most important features of website.
Scrolle is Premium Responsive One Page WordPress Theme for agencies, business and portfolio web sites. Awesome design, Perfect Parallax effect and easy customization are main features.
Krakatau is modern and clean blogging wordpress theme with an emphasis on mixed media and typhography. The layout will encourage user to read the content.
Photoreel is clean, minimalistic and elegant WordPress theme with fully responsive layout. Theme is suited for all photographers, creative, business and portfolio websites.
Contrast is a responsive fullscreen photography & portfolio WordPress theme. It’s perfect for all creatives, artists, photographers and agencies. Give your work the best exposure possible thanks to the unique fullscreen layout you can showcase your artworks in an amazing way.
Limeni WordPress Theme is a minimal and clean portfolio theme that is created to be used as a One Page Template. This theme is extremely easy to set up and maintain, there are no special requirements related to it.
RT-Theme 15 is a premium reponsive wordpress theme with powerfull CMS tools. You can use it for business, corporate, product catalogue, services or portfolio web sites. The product and portfolio tools also give you wide opportunities to use in various services as tour iteneraries, rent a car, real estate or hotel room presentations.
Mercina is a WordPress theme designed specially for portfolio display. Using a modern 2 column layout you can get a stylish website in a few minutes.
Other is perfect for the creatives out there, the forward thinkers and those who just want a kick-ass site for their business or service.
Colette is a perfect WordPress theme for any restaurant, brasserie, pub, bar or any other restaurant business. Theme is strong and powerful with many customization options.
Flight is a stunning, interactive, fully responsive, Retina-ready, fullscreen background slideshow WordPress theme. It has a modern transparent look and includes a completely unique fly out menu that responds on command.
BonPress is the perfect personal blog theme. Packed with Post Formats (audio, video) feature and multiple Custom Widgets, like Twitter, Flickr, will offer you a unique experience from blogging.
28. Black Diamond
Absolutely new and powerful, with new features requested by real photographers – Black Diamond WordPress Theme. We reviewed all the feedbacks from our customers and tried to implement the most wanted and must to have features and functionalities. No more words, check the theme demo.
Digital is left-aligned Portfolio Theme for WordPress, designed especially for freelancers, design agencies, photographers or video producers.
Bedford is responsive portfolio theme that enables you to beautifully showcase your work on any device. Its layout based on flexible Grid system, it is Retina-ready and produce valid modern HTML5 markup.
Alps is an Elegant and Vanguardist Multipurpose WordPress Theme suitable for any kind of creative and business use.
Lens is a surprising premium WordPress theme aimed at photographers in need for a solution that focuses on what matters most to them: their work. Every feature was carefully chosen and designed to ease the way to that perfect photography portfolio website.
Gridster is a neat and tidy grid-based portfolio theme for photographers, artists and designers to show off their work.
This WordPress Theme is great for all Websites and comes with tons of customization options. It features the Visual Composer Plugin (worth 25 USD) to speed up the page creation process and it has a cool Ajax Page Loading feature (can be turned off). This option will allow a smoother the user experience and will speed up the page loading process.
35. Sixteen Nine
Sixteen Nine lets your verbal and visual personality shine through while proving that design can be simple and stunning.
36. Drury Lane
“Drury Lane”, wordpress.org theme, was done especially for musicians, bands, artists and can be used by record labels as well.
Origin is a stunning grid-based theme that tells a story through imagery. The theme creates a truly engaging experience by saturating the screen with your beautiful photos.
Analytical is a full width WordPress theme built especially for photographers and others who want to feature more graphics on their website. This theme features a full width background slider which is highly customizable and totally responsive.
It has been almost a year since we last released a standard blog theme, and considering that personal blogging still represents the core WordPress user base, I thought it was time that we returned to our roots and produced a simple blog design.
Pager a unique, content first, blogging theme. With CSS3 Page-Flip animations.
41. Vacation Rental
Vacation Rental is a advanced booking theme with the ability to manage multiple properties. It’s powered by our advanced Tevolution plugin and the Booking System add-on. This theme is an ideal solution for all of you looking to make money by renting out your vacation home.
Rough is a Minimal Portfolio WordPress theme for WordPress. It is suitable for displaying your work over multiple devices including tablets and mobiles. The theme comes with multiple customization options allowing you to put your mark on your Portfolio.
Notebook is a fun multimedia theme that takes advantage of WordPress post formats and advanced CSS3 animations. The result is a unique and highly engaging design that is sure that impress your visitors.
DailyJournal is a fully responsive personal blog. This is our first blog theme that will automatically adapt to your screen’s size, insuring that your content is always displayed beautifully no matter what device you are using to view it.
Every professional photographer wants to present his portfolio in the best possible way. Photex is a premium WordPress theme that have all required features one photographer needs.
What’s your favourite WordPress theme with a vertical menu? Please let us know in the comment area below.