Accordion Menus, Menu Systems, Site Navigation

Vertical Menu is a user-friendly, highly customizable, multi-purpose menu solution for Joomla, and many other popular Components. It easily fits to all templates and looks amazing on any device while provide the best performance that you have ever seen, with the perfect combination of the well-optimized codebase and the most recent technologies. It is SEO friendly because it uses valid HTML code which allows search engines to properly index the content of your menu. Vertical Menu has an eye-catching and easy-to-use admin interface with features like fully customizable themes, predefined color schemes, Google Fonts and transition builder for custom menu opening and closing animations. It is device friendly by supporting responsive mode, multiple layouts and touch gestures on mobile devices. Every menu level has predefined module positions, so the levels are extendable with custom content.

Supported Components

  • Joomla 2.5 & 3.x
  • Joomla categories & articles
  • VirtueMart 2.x & 3.x
  • HikaShop categories & brands
  • EasyBlog categories & articles
  • K2
  • ZOO
  • JoomShopping
  • MijoShop
  • redSHOP

Vertical Menu is an all-in-one solution, as it have 5 different navigation types:

  • Slide menu
  • Drop-down menu
  • Tree menu
  • Expanded menu
  • Accordion menu

Slide menu:

Slide menu could be familiar from the smartphones' menu systems. When you open a parent item the sub-level will appear with a sliding animation. You can choose from 6 predefined sliding effects, and you can also create a custom one with the built-in Animation Builder. With this mode the title works like a breadcrumb, so it is easy to follow which parent item is opened. You can navigate back with a simple click or swipe on smart devices.

Drop-Down menu:

With the dropdown menu the children items will appear next to their parents. So lower levels of the menu will follow their parents in a row with 12 predefined or custom opening and closing animations.
If there is not enough space on the right for the submenus, those will appear on the left side. If there is not enough space on the screen to show all of the items, a scrollbar will appear.
On touch-devices this type of menu will transform to slidemenu for better navigation experience.

Tree menu

The point of the tree menu type is that the children items will appear right under their parents in a hierarchical tree structure. This menu-type presents the parent-child relationship very well. During the navigation you can expand or collapse the different submenus.

Expanded menu

This menu type means, that all of your menu items appear. You don't need any click or touch interaction to make them visible. It is good if you would like to show only some menu items, or all of them are important to see.

Accordion menu

The sub-levels will appear directly under their parents. Each submenu levels can be expand or collapse. When you open a branch, the previously opened will automatically close to save space.

Each types can be shown in 5 different menu positioning:

  • Embed mode
  • Popup mode
  • Left sidebar
  • Right sidebar
  • Overlay mode

Embed mode:

This mode is the basic usage of a Joomla module. The Vertical Menu will be placed into the selected position. With this mode the menu can transform into sidebar mode on devices with smaller screen.
The menu automatically able to get the height from the items, or a fix height is also possible. In this case a solid scrollbar will appear if neccessary.

Popup mode:

With Popup mode you can show the menu in the selected module position, or even on the top left side of your page. At the first time only the opener button is visible, and if you click on it the menu will appear below the button, or if there is not enough space there, above it.
Smooth scrolling navigation is also available feature with this mode. In this case if you click on a menu item the page will scrolled to the specified area. Auto hide feature will able to hide the menu on smaller screens after clicked on a menu item to make the whole content visible.

Left/Right sidebar:

With this mode the menu will appear from the selected side of the page with GPU accelerated animations. There are 14 predefined effects from the simple one to 3D animations as well. All of them are well-optimized, and also work on mobile devices. The width of the menu is adjustable from the backend, and the menu opening is triggerable from a menu item, not just with its opener button.

Overlay mode:

Overlay navigation is a new trend in web-design, removing the traditional menu from your sites pages. The special thing about the overlay menu is that it doesn’t have a fixed size like modals, it can cover all the screen or you can set a custom margin around the menu. This type has 12 predefined opening animation and also 6 extra hover transitions on menu items.

Extra features


With the powerful built-in filter feature you only need to type a part of the menu item's title or description, and most relevant results will appear in a list below. That is a killer-feature against any other menu solutions on the market. Just type a few characters, then the matched results will appear in moments, and you don't need to browse through the whole menu structure. The filter bar is fully designable with selectable magnifier buttons, close icons, and background-color.

Custom logo & Module positions

With the Vertical Menu you can customize your menu with your own logo which will appear above the menu. It has also built-in module positions in every menu-levels. With this feature you are able to add much more cool things to the menu-levels. Improve the user experience with a google maps integration, a related image or event with an AJAX search.

Responsive & Mobile Optimized

Vertical Menu is fully responsive and touch-ready for an enhanced mobile experience. All of the animations are well-optimized and also appear on smart devices. With the intuitive gesture support we added a more comfortable way for navigate in the menu system. The whole menu has immediately touch detection for the fastest feedback.

Smooth scrolling navigation

This feature is perfect for sites with one page layout. The menu-items can scroll to the specified sections.

Animation builder

The Advanced animation builder will help you to achieve your goals with many customizable parameters. You can define custom animations for the sublevels and for the menu-items as well.

Powerful API functions

With the API calls you are able to control the menu or get some information about the current state of the module.


You can use custom badges for your menu to higlight the important items.

Different designs by levels

You can set different colors, fonts and icons for each level, so all of your menu-levels has a unique design.

Advanced font manager

You can set the font family, color, text-shadow and other properties with an intuitive font manager. It supports Google fonts, and you will see the selected font real-time in a sample text.

Improved menu-item selector

In the module manager you are able to not just select a menu to show, but you can also specify which items will appear.

Description for menu-items

With Vertical Menu you can also show descriptions for each menu item. All of the related font style settings are adjustable.

Resizable menu icons with crop/scale

The icon of the menu items are adjustable by size, and also set to crop or scale to the selected size.

Custom CSS/JS

There are options in the backend of the Vertical Menu to place your own JavaScript code and CSS definition. So you won't need any custom files for customization.

Browser support

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • Internet Explorer 9+

Additional feature list

  • 3 Themes: Rounded, Flat, Clean
  • 14 SideBar animations
  • 18 predefined sublevel animations
  • Animated parallax background
  • GPU accelerated and 3D animations
  • LTR & RTL support
  • SEO optimized
  • Easy to Customize
  • Conditional backend parameters
Works awesome love it and easy to understand makes our website look neat and easy to navigate.
Ease of use
Very simple to configure and set up. Most question i figured out my self after i asked them.
Used there support 3 times and thy come through all the time. Had a customization questions and they came through quickly.
Value for money
Very affordable glad i bought it. Being on a low budget affordable helps.
I used this to: A internet radio station site with a lot of pages. It helps to have the main menu organized
The current version (2022 January 22nd) leads under Joomla! 3.10.3 Stable and PHP 8.0.14 in the backend to an (almost) white page.
Ease of use
No information can be given about this because the module is unusable under PHP 8
Support says:
The extension is not compatible with PHP 8.
Please downgrade your PHP version, which will solve this issue.
Very good, easy to understand. No further information can be given about this because the module is unusable under PHP 8
Value for money
With an older Joomla version under PHP 7xx, the module ran flawlessly and was worth the money.
I used this to: I don't use the module because it doesn't work. The module does not seem to have been further developed since 2019.
The only one such advanced extension on the Joomla market - it allows all kind of menu on your page, especially if you have many menu items
Ease of use
it is very advanced extension - so there are many configuration options - but once is done it works great
all questions are answered quickly, thanks ! as well some special questions and wishes have been answered
very good and full documentation of the extension is available to dowload - as well as tips for advances features
Value for money
without this extension I could not properly deliver my website content to the users. It is the most important on my website
I used this to: present the user very log and hierarchical list of menu options to select - especially important to expand and collapse the child sub-menu-options in the higher levels.
It functions as the developer describes. It is easy to use and easy to modify. Love it
Ease of use
Every setting and option is setup in a logical manner. No code knowledge required to create awesome looking Menus.
One of the best supports ever. I needed a custom build template. They did no hesitation and build it for me in just 1 day. Best people
The support documentation is great. You can find information about everything that allows you to make adjustments to your extension.
Value for money
The best Value for Money. The extension works perfectly and you get the best support team.
I used this to: I used it for my office website. I will share the link as soon as it is finished.
Perfecta para casi todas necesidades que se pueden pensar. Me gustaron los estilos predefinidos que tiene: altura, color de fondo, etc.
Ease of use
Opciones para modificar el estilo (CSS), el comportamiento (Javascript) están accesibles desde el backend. Todo es preciso.
Soporte personalizado. Te atienden rápidamente por Facebook también.
Value for money
Sí, totalmente digno de ser comprado, porque es barato. Método de pago simple y rápido.
I used this to: Para enlazar los ítems de menú con las anclas de los extensos artículos que tengo.
Highly configurable. Attractive design out of the box. Does everything that I need it to.
Ease of use
Configuration options are easy to understand. Menu works as expected.
Had a few technical issues when setting-it-up which were promptly and professionally resolved.
Documentation is easy to understand. Better documented than many Joomla extensions.
Value for money
I think it's a fair price for an application of this quality. No complaints.
I used this to: I am using it as a menu for mobile devices. The option to hide the menu for larger devices is built-in.
Took over after other Dev bailed. Planned on deleting but between the features and AWESOME support I'll be recommending it to clients.
Ease of use
Easy to use and good documentation so the novice can figure out.
Excellent! Previous Developer abandoned site so I didn't have certain info but they helped get us up and running anyway.
Easy to find, navigate, and read. "Getting TO the module manager" helpful when taking over for someone else
Value for money
A good value for the business plan. a good value for business plan
I used this to: Menu for a Clients mobile site. Menu for a Clients mobile site. Menu for a Clients mobile site
Davvero moltissime funzionalità e tutte chiaramente indicate e facili da usare.
Ease of use
Semplicissimo da usare con davvero moltissime funzionalità, tutte chiaramente indicate!
Kristof Molnar è uno sviluppatore eccezionale ed è molto disponibile ad aiutare.
Lo rigrazio tantissimo....

C. Riccardo
Documentazione completissima ed è estremamente chiara e facile da capire.....
Value for money
Ottimo rapporto qualità prezzo, davvero molto conveniente.
Questo è l'unico modulo per un menù verticale ad un prezzo onesto.
I used this to: Io ho usato questo modulo per il mio sito personale e sono davvero molto soddisfatto del mio acquisto!
I can't say praise OFFLAJN's extensions enough the features are just mind-blowing the work what these guys have put into them deserves *****
Ease of use
If you want CSS, Javascript customization let these guys handle it all it's 100% worth it, but their extensions are so easy to configure.
From the start asking for support, OFFLAJN's team are there, if you have a problem they will sort it fast and offer extra Priority Support.
The way all OFFLAJN's extension documentation is set out and so easy to understand its not a task but enjoyment to see the end results.
Value for money
Honestly, the build quality of these extensions, they should be charging over $100 per extension, packed full of features these are a steal.
I used this to: E-commerce website.
Lots of options for a vertical menu display (no css needed) and behaviour (accordion, tree, mobile...).
Ease of use
Admin interface a bit old fashioned, but lots of options, well organized, and thanks to contextual help I did not need to read the doc !
Super complete documentation, easy to read. Together with contextual help in the admin, a must for users.
No need for support up to now.
Value for money
Good value for money for web agencies with the business subscription. A little more expensive if you use it only for 1 site.
I used this to: I needed an vertical accordion menu that would display level 1 items, and allow level items to link to pages even though they have submenus
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Vertical Menu

Last updated:
Dec 02 2019
3 years ago
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
GPLv2 or later
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