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The navigation bar or simply the navbar plays a crucial role in any website and application. A website or an application without a navbar is like leaving your users blindfolded in a dense forest. A poorly designed navbar not only affects the user experience but also hinders your SEO results. It is always better to spend some time in seeing and analyzing other navigation design solution that helps others to overcome an issue. This could help you make a better conclusion and also save your valuable time. To help you see more innovative navbar design solutions we have made this bootstrap navbar examples post.

Due to the advancement of web design frameworks, we use different types of navigations for our websites and applications. For example, the hamburger menu, sidebar menu, off-canvas menu designs. No matter what type of navigation you use, there are three key elements we have to keep in mind.

  • Branding
  • Navigation labels that are easy to understand
  • Useful tools like the search bar or call to action buttons

We have managed to collect bootstrap navbar examples that have all the three elements mentioned above. Plus, they also have creative designs and animation effects to meet modern design standards.


bootstrap navbar with trendy design

Cohost website template uses a modern and elegant looking navigation bar. This bootstrap navbar follows the traditional layout in a modern outfit. Everything is right in this template, you have clear branding, links have ample amount of space, and a call to action button at the end. Since the brand logo is placed separately from all other menu elements, it gives good visibility to your brand name or logo. Sometimes it is better to stick with the old school technique which performs well even in today’s tough world. Fonts and color schemes used in this navbar express the creative thought of the brand and it also goes well with the overall design of the template.

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simple clean bootstrap navbar with search bar

Vigor is a simple clean website template for fitness websites. To reflect the theme of getting lean and fit, this template uses sharp and thin fonts throughout the template. The design consistency is flawless in this template. Even in the navbar, the designer has maintained the same simple and elegant looking design. In this bootstrap navbar, you also get drop-down actions. At the end of the right side, you have space for a search bar. The main purpose of a navbar is to direct the user in the right way, but it can’t be done each and every time. Search bars will help the user to easily find the hidden gems in your website.

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well balanced bootstrap navbar example

Yogafun is almost similar to the Vigor template mentioned above. But, this one is designed for a yoga website. The designer has balanced the navbar element beautifully in this design. An equal amount of space is given for the brand logo, menu options, and the search bar. Wordings are very important in a navigation bar, they shouldn’t be too long and it must convey the message carefully. In this bootstrap navbar design, the designer has kept the menu labels short and crisp. At a glance, the user can understand where the particular link will take them.

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navigation bar with two call to action buttons

If your website is offering two distinct services, then you can direct the user to the required services from the navbar. In this bootstrap navbar, you can see that the developer has used two call to action buttons. One button is to post a job and the other is to search for the job. By carefully designing your website right from the menu bar will help you serve your users better. Apart from the thoughtful features, this example also has a trendy and cool looking design. Important elements are made bold and big so that they can be recognized easily.

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well managed space for options and brand elements

The navigation bar shouldn’t be always following a single line design. Instead, you can follow a hierarchy design, which means putting branding elements at the top and most used elements in an easily accessible part. In this bootstrap navbar design, you can see that the designer has used the top part to add a logo and a registration form call to action button. Right below the promotional part, all the necessary navigation menus are listed. By splitting and organizing contents like this will give a clean look to the design. In a navbar design, clarity is very important and if you need to add multiple elements, designs like this could help you.

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navbar design for magazine websites

While designing a navbar with space constraints you can always use icons. Iconography designs not only help you save space but also help you clearly convey the message. In this navbar design, the designer has used both texts and icons to balance the look. All the navigation menu options are given in texts other secondary elements like search and social media icons are given in icons. Since the Daren is news and magazine website template, placing social media icons in the navbar is a good design idea. Very smooth and gentle animation effects are used for the drop-down and hover effects. The user can easily search and find the options they want with this bootstrap navbar design.

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brand focused navbar design

The creator of this template has followed a brutalist web design. With big bold elements and creative patterns, this template looks unique from others. Making a navigation bar for a brutalist website needs perfection. You have to maintain the brutalist design and at the same time you to maintain the user-friendly nature. The designer of this template has done an excellent job in balancing both the creative look and user-friendly design. In this navbar, the logo is placed at the center which gives better visibility and clear branding of your website. As the navigation menu labels have taken enough space, the designer has opted for a full-page search bar design.

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bootstrap navbar with badges

Apart from the branding and clear menu labels you can make the navbar to show useful information. In this bootstrap navbar, the designer has used notification tags to show the number of products in the cart. This design is inspired by the mobile application UI designs, where the user can see the unread messages as a small badge over the app icon in their home screen. Showing information like this will help the user to keep track of their purchase. Since the Shopmax is an eCommerce website template, all the interactive elements on the navbar show user specific details. Another useful feature in this navbar is it supports multiple submenus.

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Little Closet

easily adaptable navigation bar design

Little Closet is also an eCommerce website template, but this one uses a different navigation system. In the main navbar, you see only useful information like customer care number, profile detail, a logo, and a search bar. All other page links are given in the hamburger sidebar. The creator of this template intended to give a personalized experience to the user. By designs like this, you have space to show user specific recommendations on the main screen. And all other common options in the sidebar. To maintain the minimalistic look of the template, the designer has used only icons in the main navbar. The default icons are clear and easy to understand, so the designer has taken a brave decision of not using text labels.

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navbar with a floating style design

In the Karma template, the navbar is placed at the top as usual. But, the designer has added a little bit of modern design touch to make it stand unique from the other navbars. The navbar with defined rectangular boundaries on the full-width looks distinct from other elements on the page. To help the menu bar get your attention, the designer has added a shadow effect to it. This shadow effect combined with the rectangular form factor gives a floating appearance to the navbar. For the menu options, the creator has used text labels and icons are used for the cart and search option.

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nav example with mega menu option

In all the previous navbar we have seen only the single dropdown and multiple submenu options. The creator of this navbar has given us a mega menu design. The mega menu gives you the ease of organizing multiple options under one hood. Another advantage of the mega menu is you can add images and other multimedia contents without any issue. From the name of the template itself, you can infer that this one is a magazine and news website template. Giving a mega menu option for such a content-rich website will help the user to easily find the content they love.

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sticky sidebar navigation

In all the previous navbar menu we have seen that the navigation bars are placed at the top. The creator of this template has used a sidebar menu design. Using a sticky sidebar will let the user to easily access the menu from any part of the website. Plus, the vertical form factor gives you more space to add widgets and other links. Line menu design is used in this navigation bar to indicate on which page the user is currently viewing. The whole template is made using the HTML5, CSS3, and Bootstrap 4 framework. As it is a responsive design, you can use this navbar code on your website or application without any issue.

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Expanding Menu

toggle animation for navigation bar

Hamburger style menus are used extensively used in all types of website. Since the design can be easily adapted to mobile and website interface, these designs are preferred a lot by the designers. In this design, the creator has used expanding animation in the hamburger menu. The menu unfolds smoothly and quickly so that the user can easily access the menu bar whenever they want. If you are looking for a swift transition effect for your navigation menu, this design could help you. The developer has shared the entire code with you, so you can easily utilize the code to make your own menu in no time.

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Line Menu Styles

navigation menu with line animation

This is another example of menu bar animation effects. One of the most commonly used menu animations is the line effect. Since it is minimal and takes only a few screen space, both designer and users love to use them. The creator of this template has given us nearly thirty types of line menu inspirations. Right from simple straight line effect to creative complex effects, there is an example for you in this set. The developer has given all the codes in the source file, which you can download from the info link given below. All the animations are swift and are made using the latest web development frameworks. Hence this design loads faster and acts light on your website.

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colorful and icon rich navbar design

The creator of this design has used pictographic icons. The main advantage of the pictographic icons is they are self-explanatory and can be understood easily without any text labels. To help the user easily identify the menu options, the developer has used both icons and text labels in this design. It is a colorful navbar design with cool animation effects for the drop-down options. Since this template uses the CSS3 script, you can use any modern colors in this design. Big bold letters are legible and easy to read even on the small screen devices.

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Perspective Page View Navigation

interactive navigation menu animation examples

The creator of this template had tried to create a three-dimensional effect for the navigation menu. One of the important factors which we have to keep in mind while making a design is maintaining the same tone throughout the template. If you are making a creative website with a new effect, this navigation bar menu effect will come in handy for you. The developer of this design has given us six types of menu navigation effect. All six effects are three-dimensional and will take your whole page in the animation process.

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Off-Canvas Menu Effects

off-canvas style menu designs

As the name suggests this example includes an off-canvas menu effect. The creator of this design has given you animation effects for both traditional navbars and trendy sidebars. Nearly nine types of menu transition effects are given in this set. Based on your preference you can change the direction of the menu transition effects. In all nine menu designs, the designer has followed an icon and text label design for the menu options. Since most common icons are used in this design, the users can easily identify the menu options. Plus, the designer hasn’t used any redundant menu icons, which makes it a perfect option for professional websites.

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Another Menu Concept

simple and neat navbar concept

Originally this is a full-page menu design concept. But, you can use the design for regular navbars as well. In this menu, the developer has used line effects to indicate the selected menu. The hover effects are precise and are timed well. Since it is a demo concept, it is not fully functional. By keeping this design as a base, you can create your own menu design. The whole code used to make this menu concept is shared with you in the CodePen editor. Hence, you can easily edit and visualize your customizations before using it on your website or application.

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Menu CPC-Menus

navbar with fluid css3 animation effects

It is another animation concept for your navigation bar. The animation in this example is fluid and swift. Right from the hover effect to the clicking animation, everything is taken care in this menu design. Another advantage with this design is all these fluid animations are made using the CSS3 script alone. Because of this simple code structure, you can use this code on any website or application without any issue. Ample amount of space is given between each menu options to let the users easily interact with the options without any false click.

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Mobile Menu Concept

interesting and feasible mobile menu concept

Mobile Menu Concept is truly an interesting menu concept. As today’s smartphones are using edge to edge screen design, the screen area is becoming tall. The designers are trying several methods to make the options easily accessible on these long screens. This quick menu concept not only looks interesting but also feels like practically possible. The menu bar is moved to the bottom of the screen which will be a thumb-friendly design. Plus, the scrollable menu option allows you to add more option in one area. This creative menu ticks all the three menu design principle like brand, navigation labels, and a useful search tool.

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Published by Girish Karthik