In the world of ADA compliance and web design, every aspect needs to be thoughtful. The core of your site is your navigation, and this means that your navigation needs to be considerate for all users involved. While I love the modern, minimal look where the navigation is a hamburger menu icon, that doesn’t translate well to all audiences. So how does one keep things modern without sacrificing diverse functionality?
The answer is sticky. The most requested navigational feature I’ve been receiving is to make them sticky. What does sticky mean? When scrolling down a page, a navigation used to go up, out of view and would require you to scroll all the way back up to the top of the site to get back to the navigation. This is when the “scroll to the top” buttons became more popular. Making a navigation sticky means the navigation will stay at the top of your screen at all times. No matter how far you scroll, your users will always have access to the navigation.
Like most things, this has its pros and cons. Here is a list of the benefits and the inconveniences of sticky navigations.