50+ Nice Clean CSS Tab-Based Navigation Scripts

Tab navigation has been one of the most fundamental element in any modern web structure. In order to make sure visitors can properly navigate through the website. One of the biggest challenge web designers and developers faced is to integrate a simple and nice tabnavigation that not only don’t confuse, but helps visitors easily understand where they should be clicking.

Whether you are running a website or blog, tab navigation is probably one of the element that helps drives traffic to internal pages. Here we’ve compiled a mass list of 50+ nice clean and sleek CSS Tab-Based navigation samples you can adapt on your site. Full list after jump.

If you are web designer / developer, you might be interested in these few articles we’ve previously done:

  1. jQuery Coda-Slider

    Nice sleek tabs that slides through each tab.


  2. Perspective Tabs

    Simple mootools plug-in that allows for a large number of tabs to fit into a small space.


  3. jQuery idTabs

    It makes adding tabs into a website super simple. But it can also open the door to endless possiblities.


  4. Tab Accordian

    Tab navigation with sleek animation using Moo FX.


  5. DHTML Goodies Tab Panes

    Tab navigation with a close [x] button on each tab.


  6. AJAX Tabs (Rails redux)

    Using Ajax to load information that does not need to be retrieved every time the user pulls the record.


  7. Ajax Project – Tabbed Page Interface

    There are quite a few Javascript implementations of tabbed interfaces out there on the web. How much better, though, to be able to change from pagetab to pagetab without a page refresh? Here’s an example of a tabbed interface using Ajax to load the new pages.


  8. JQuery Nested Tab Set

    Nested tab set done with the ExtJS UI Library.


  9. Ajax Tab Reloaded

    Taken the idea of the sliding door tabs and mixed them up with a little javascript and ajax to make them very dynamic on the client side.


  10. 14 Free Vertical CSS Menus

    Free nicely designed tabs from explodingboy.


  11. Control.Tabs

    Control.Tabs attaches creates a tabbed interface from an unordered list of links/anchors that point to any elements on your page that have an id attribute.


  12. JavaScript tabs with jQuery

    jQuery plugin that lets you create JavaScript tabs very easily. Examples of simple tabs, custom tabs, slide effects, fade effects and callbacks demos available.


  13. Yahoo TabView

    Sample tabs based on Yahoo UI Library.


  14. DHTML Ajax Tabs Content Script

    This is a versatile Ajax Tabs Content script that lets you display content pulled from external files inside a DIV and organized via CSS tabs. A fully unobtrusive, CSS and HTML based script, it supports practical features such as persistence of the active tab (ie: when page is reloaded), an “IFRAME” mode, a “slideshow” mode, ability to expand/contract arbitrary DIVs on the page at the same time, nested tabs, and much more.


  15. JavaScript Tabifier

    Automatically create an HTML tab interface using plug-and-play JavaScript.


  16. Tabtastic

    This library is a simple way to implement tabs on your page using CSS, a little JS, and semantic markup which degrades gracefully on browsers with CSS unavailable or disabled.


  17. KollerMedia Tabmenu

    Tabs for images as icon, changes when mouseover.


  18. dhtmlxTabber

    dhtmlxTabbar is a JavaScript tabbar control for creating dynamic tabbed-navigation interface. This Ajax-enabled UI component lets you add feature-rich and nice looking tabs to your site or web application.


  19. Centered Tabs with CSS

    We’re constrained to either left- or right-hand navigation. But what if we need a bit more flexibility? What if we need to place our navigation in the center?


  20. CSS Tab Designer

    [Windows only] CSS Tab Designer is a unique and easy to use software to help you design css-based lists and tabs visually and without any programming knowledge required!


  21. Light Weight Low Tech CSS Tabs

    An example of light weight tabs by combining the Sliding Doors method with the Mountaintop corners idea.

    [demo 12]

  22. Module Tabs – Carousel

    Example of showing one page of content at at time in tabs. Each tab link scrolls to the page selected. Since all animation is turned off (animationSpeed = 0) then it just moves the desired content into view.


  23. Joshua Kaufman’s CSS Tab 2.0

    Build CSS tabs without using any images or hacks and with as little CSS as possible.


  24. Tabbed Navigation using CSS

    How to create low-bandwidth tab navigation on a web page using CSS.


  25. Duoh’s 2nd Level Tab Menu


  26. Nundroo CSS Navigation


  27. CSS Menu With Slider

    This little example shows how to make really simple and yet very nice CSS Menu with slider.


  28. CSS drop down menu

    Instead of the menu being triggered by placing your mouse of the menu label, it is trigger by moving your cursor over the down arrow on the right side of the menu label.


  29. Fancy Menu

    Custom navigation bar with some cute Javascript effects that will certainly impress your friends.


  30. Creative Pony Sliding Tab

    Sliding Tabs is a mootools 1.11 plugin which adds a pretty neat effect. It’s a clone of something seen on Panic Software’s Coda site.


  31. JQuery Tab Animation

    A sample that show how you can add tab transition animations to your existing Tab Panel Controls.


  32. Fancy Sliding Tab Menu

    Included an idle state listener to bring all the tabs back to their normal state after a desired amount of time without mouse movement on the window.


  33. Sliding Door of CSS

    Now that CSS is widely supported, we can crank up the quality and appearance of the tabs on our sites.


  34. Aplus ADxMenu

    4 most basic examples of tab submenus.

    [demo 1234]

  35. Bulletproof Slants


  36. Core Design Magic Tabs

    Nice tab plugin for Joomla.


  37. Brainjar Tabs

    Using CSS to build a tabbed display. One where the user can click on individual tabs to view different content within the same space.


  38. qrayg CSS Menu

    4 level deep list in both horizontal and vertical layout modes while maintaining hover persistence.


  39. Kalsey CSS Menu


  40. Accessible Image-Tab Rollovers


  41. HTML Dog CSS Tab

    A popular form of navigation is tabbed navigation-a group of links that give the impression of being protrusions attached to different areas of unseen content. With CSS you don’t need to be restricted to rigid images for every tab-you can maintain complete control over appearance and text at a fraction of the file size of image-only alternatives.


  42. CSS Tabs Menu with Dropdowns

    Create dropdowns when the top level menu item is hovered over.


  43. DOMTab

    DOMtab is a JavaScript that turns a list of links connected to content sections into a tab interface. The script removes any “back to top” links in the section and automatically hides all but the first one when the page is loaded.


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