Jquery Accordion Menu for Neat Sidebars

It is a pretty common for a real estate blog to have a lot of links in their sidebars to custom searches, featured categories, etc.

Long lists of links can be visually distracting.  It reminds me of a line from “The Land of Point” Oblio and Arrow in one of their encounter come upon a sign.  “A point in every direction is the same as no point at all”

Too many visible links in a sidebar are distracting.  A better approach is to title those links with a Master Label then use an accordion menu to drop down on hover or click.

Accordion Menus for Pretty Sidebars

The Jquery Accordion Menu  by Design Chemical works great for this.

The plugins works with WordPress custom menus.  Create your menu, when done switch to widgets and move a jquery accordion menu widget to the sidebar where you want it.  Configure the way it will work from the options list.  Select a theme (I’m using “Clean”) and save.

Customize the look of Accordion Menus

If you don’t like the exact way the menu looks, you can always open the plugin css files and make modifications.  (If you do back them up so you don’t wipe them out one sleepy evening when updating all your plugins)

To the right (as of this posting anyway, it is gone now) you will see  Interesting Stuff  under the label Lab Favorites.  The menu is using this plugin to display posts and categories placed in a custom menu and displayed with Jquery Accordion Menu.

There’s no need to fill you sidebars with row after row of links, instead consider installing the Jquery Accordion Menu plugin.

BTW, Design Chemical has a plethora (always wanted to use that word here in the lab) of various menu plugins for your sidebars.  Ex. Take a look at the Vertical Mega Menu .  Anyone geeky enough to put all your listings with thumbnails in a Mega Menu?


  1. Hi,

    Thanks for the mention!

  2. The poignancy of the following quote raised my brow:

    “A point in every direction is the same as no point at all.” True- giving people too many selections can be just as grave a faux pas as giving them none.