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.
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]
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]
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in June 2008 and was updated in April 2018 on the basis of new content.