Choose between Simple and Mega Menus
Our themes come with two options for creating your main menu. We have labeled them Simple and Mega Menus. Simple menus are simple, single-column drop-down menus that appear when you hover over a parent link in your main menu. You can hover over a parent link to see a drop-down menu, then you can hover over a link in the drop-down menu to see an additional menu. These menus can be three levels deep in ShowTime version 4.0 and above.
If you choose to create a Mega Menu instead, this is a menu that allows you to have multiple columns of links when you hover over your parent links. So you could hover over a link called "Catalog" for example and see up to four columns below with separate menus for each column.
In this article, we'll show you how to create these types of menus.
Simple navigation is very easy to setup and allows you to have standard links and multi-level drop-down menus in your navigation bar. To create your menu, head over to the Navigation section and you'll see a menu called "Main Menu." Edit this menu to create your main navigation links. If you'd like to create a drop-down menu, create another menu that has the same name as one of the items in your Main Menu link list. That particular link will now be a drop-down menu. You can create as many drop-downs as you'd like in this fashion.
New in versions 2.0 of Couponia and 4.0 of ShowTime is the ability to create mega menus (multi-column menus) by creating nested navigation menus in your Shopify dashboard. These menus look something like this:
This kind of menu system is really useful for larger stores that have lots of products, categories, product filters, brands, pages, or pretty much any other content. The menu is fully controlled using menus in Shopify, so once it's all setup, it's easy to change later.
Working with Menus in Shopify
Each column of your mega menu is just displaying an individual menu. Therefore, the first step to creating a mega menu is to create all the menus you need. To create a menu, head over to Navigation in the Shopify dashboard. All your menus will be displayed here. Click the add a menu button to get started. If you're new to creating menus in Shopify, here's a refresher guide.
So what kind of menus should you create? Well, that's up to you, but here are some ideas to get you started. The most obvious choice is to create a menu of all your product categories (or "collections" in Shopify speak). If you've got more than six or so, a single drop-down menu containing all of them becomes unruly. Separate them into multiple menus and display them in columns instead.
Another option is to display all your popular brand names in a column or columns. Or maybe you could create filters to sort your products by things like price, size, color, etc. The options are nearly limitless since you can use any type of link you want in your menus. For more information on setting up product filtering, check out this section of the documentation.