Multi-level Menus with jQuery and CSS

Lately I’ve seen quite a few requests on Twitter and other places for multilevel menus using jQuery and/or CSS. There are quite a few ways to accomplish this and it largely depends on what your needs are.

In this article we’ll take a quick look at several common multilevel menu options and then I’ll show you how to create a “mega menu”.

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Who Should Win US$3,500? Vote Now!

The recent collection competition generated over 3000 fantastic entries, and judging has been no easy task! Thanks to everyone who created a collection and entered. Here’s our top 10 entries. The one with the most votes will win US$3,500 to spend on their ultimate creative set-up!

Finalist 1: Life In The City

by ahmednaguib

“A collection about cities, modern buildings, industrial sounds, videos of a town in motion, or a building in color, you will find it here, brought and made by some of the greatest authors in their fields, enjoy!”

Finalist 2: The Eco-Friendly Collection – Web and Print

by idrawdesigns

“The Eco-Friendly Collection (Web and Print) is a compilation of items across the Envato Marketplaces that relate to going green and being environmentally friendly. Templates can be used as a base for websites and printed material that promote recycling, preserving nature, and anything that has to do with being eco-friendly. Sounds and flash animations can be used to accompany work created on the web.”
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Watching the Market: 16 Hot Templates

Like any business, being successful depends on a whole slew of things. This includes paying attention to your market and competitors.

You could make a great product, but if there isn’t a demand for it then you won’t make any money. Or, if there is a demand for the type or style of product you’re providing but your competitors offer something better, then you’re in the same situation.

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Fun With the PHP GD Library: Part 2

In part one of our “Fun with PHP GD series,” we went over what exactly the GD library is and the basics of using it. We also had a look at some neat tricks and using the built in GD image filters. Today, we are going to dive further into the GD library and take an in depth look at more cool effects we can achieve. Servers up, GD installed, text editor ready, let’s go!

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Two New Categories!

I have exciting new to announce! Beginning today, we are now offering PHP and JavaScript components. These two categories feature helpful scripts that you can implement into your projects with ease. Need a drag and drop comments section for your static site? No problem! Need an event calendar for a client’s project? No problem! How about an advanced image gallery management tool full of awesomeness? No problem!

FAQ

I Can Download Scripts for Free Around the Web. Why Pay?

That might be, but we’re only interested in selling HIGH quality scripts that are guaranteed to make your life easier. When reviewing submissions, I’ve instructed our reviewer to be as strict as possible. You won’t find dozens of half-featured light boxes here; only well-crafted components that have been tailor-made for ThemeForest.

When Can I Begin Uploading My Own Scripts?

Today. Just remember – HIGH quality. If your script can easily be found for free, we’ll reject it.

Why Only PHP? What About ASP.NET and Other Server-Side Languages?

We’ll takes these first few months to test out PHP only. If it proves to be profitable for all involved, and there’s a large demand for a different language, we’re more than happy to oblige!

So What Are You Waiting For?

Take a moment to browse our seed content, and then get started on your own! The sooner you get in, the less competition! Good luck.


Tips For Creating High Selling Templates

Creating templates that will sell extremely well is something we all want to do, but it takes time and skill. Luckily, there are some tips we can take from the masters and apply to our own work. Here are some great ways to improve your templates and increase your sales.

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Ask JW: How Do I Work On My Server in TextMate?

The greatest advantage that Coda has over TextMate is that you can work directly on your server. Obviously, by removing the middle-man, we can work much more quickly. This is a bit unfortunate, as TextMate is a much more powerful platform. Thanks to Twitter, I’ve just learned how to work around this. We’ll use a program, for Mac and PC, called ExpanDrive. For more information, check out this quick screencast.

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Coda Slider and More With jQuery Tools

When I need to setup tabs, accordions and other website user interface features, I use jQuery UI. That may very well be changing with the introduction of “jQuery Tools, The missing UI library for the Web“. jQuery Tools contains the UI features I use most, including an easy to setup “Coda slider” which jQuery UI doesn’t easily do (as in a few lines of code).

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“Outside the Box” Competition

Today, in our forum, we discussed the possibility of a new competition which features unique designs that still retain a commercial feel. It was felt, by some, that a large majority of our templates are a bit “one note.” Ultimately, it comes down to what sells best. Generally, templates that are too “artsy” don’t perform extremely well. Having said that, there is definitely a market for custom “outside the box” templates that will still appeal to a large audience.

Before I officially launch this competition, I’d like the community to have as large a role as possible in this one.

  1. How would you prefer that we judge these themes? The goal is to make as many sales as possible. If the designs are too strange, no one will purchase them. We must remember this.
  2. Assuming we offered $1500 in cash prizes, how would you like this to be divided. Top 3 … Top 10?
  3. Should we limit the category to site templates only? I don’t feel that PSDs should be accepted for this competition. An amazing Photoshop design that is monstrously difficult to convert to HTML/CSS is worthless.

If you’re interested in participating in this competition, please take a moment and let me know your thoughts! I want the community to have a large and deciding roll this time — should be fun!

Referral Competition: Winners Announced!

During the first week of May, I announced that, in addition to the 30% bonus that all referring members receive, we’d also reward the top 5 referrers of the month with a $200 bonus.

I was so glad to see so many of you participating. This contest was unique in that you can’t lose, to a certain extent. Except for a small handful of you, EVERYONE received referral commissions. So congratulations to you, and please continue making the sporadic tweet/blog posting in promotion of your templates and ThemeForest! Now…to announce the winners!

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