Mashable Style AJAX Navigation Menu Widget for Blogger

I am here with an another widget for blogger platform in today tutorial i will show, how you can add mashable.com (OLD site) style AJAX navigation menu to your blog which developed by harish dasari ( owner of way2blogging.com ).

AJAX navigation menu widget is works based on jQuery library and Blogger JSON feed API. Blogger JSON feed API won't work if your blog isn't available for public visitors. So, make sure that your blog is available for it as well.

Also See : How to Add Related Posts Widget with Thumbnails to Blogger / Blogspot

Some users don't link to keep enabled javascript on their browser because of spam and security reason but you don't have to worry about this widget as it works in both situation. if the javascript is disabled by the visitor of your blog then it will be work as normal drop down menu. and if the javascript is enabled then it will be changed to powered drop-down menu.

Mashable Style AJAX Navigation Menu Widget for Blogger

How to add this widget ?

Firstly, go to Blogger Dashboard > Template > Edit HTML and follow the steps below :

The CSS :
/* Menu Stylings */
.w2bmenu *{margin: 0;padding: 0;}
ul.w2bmenu {list-style: none;line-height: 1;overflow: visible !important;}
ul.w2bmenu:after{margin: 0;padding: 0;content: ' ';display: block;height: 0px;clear: both;}
ul.w2bmenu li{list-style: none;position:relative;float: left;margin: 0 !important;padding: 0 !important;}
ul.w2bmenu li a{margin: 0;padding: 12px 16px !important;font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif !important;color: #6b6b6b !important;text-shadow: 0 1px 0 #fff;font-weight: 700 !important;text-transform: uppercase !important;font-size: 12px !important;display: block !important;border: 0 none !important;}
ul.w2bmenu li a:hover,ul.w2bmenu li a.hoverover{background: #f5f5f5 !important;}
ul.w2bmenu ul{position: absolute;display: none;top: 100%;border:1px solid #ccc;}
ul.w2bmenu li:hover > ul{display: block;}
ul.w2bmenu ul li{float: none;min-width: 160px;background:#f5f5f5;text-shadow: none;}
ul.w2bmenu ul li a{padding: 12px 14px;text-transform: none;font-weight: normal;}
ul.w2bmenu ul li a:hover,ul.w2bajaxmenu ul li a.hoverover{background: #fff !important;}
ul.w2bmenu ul ul{display: none;left: 100%;top: 0;}
/* AJAX Menu Stylings */
ul.w2bajaxmenu li div.submenu {display: none;position: absolute;width: 600px;z-index: 90;left: -1px;top: 100%;overflow: hidden;min-height: 150px;background: #fff;border:1px solid #cccccc;border-top: 0 none;}
ul.w2bajaxmenu li:hover div.submenu {display: block;}
ul.w2bajaxmenu ul ,ul.w2bajaxmenu ul li{display: block !important;border: 0 none !important;margin: 0 !important;padding:0 !important;}
ul.w2bajaxmenu ul li{background: none !important;float: none !important;}
ul.w2bajaxmenu ul.verticlemenu{position: absolute;width: 33%;left:0;top:0;bottom: 0;background: #f5f5f5;}
ul.w2bajaxmenu ul.postslist {position: relative;display: block;width:65%;float: right;margin: 8px 0 !important;background: none;}
ul.w2bajaxmenu ul.postslist li{display: block;overflow: hidden;border-bottom: 1px #eee solid;position: relative;min-height: 60px;padding: 8px 8px 8px 110px !important;}
ul.w2bajaxmenu ul.postslist li:last-child{border-bottom: none 0;}
ul.w2bajaxmenu ul.postslist li .imgCont{position: absolute;left: 0;top:8px;width: 100px;height: 60px;overflow: hidden;border:1px solid #dcdcdc;font-size: 0;line-height: 0;}
ul.w2bajaxmenu ul.postslist li .imgCont img{position: relative;top:-20px;padding: 0;width: 100px;height: 100px;display: block;}
ul.w2bajaxmenu ul.postslist li a{display: block;line-height: 1.4;padding: 0 !important;}
ul.w2bajaxmenu .loader{background:url('http://i.imgur.com/SeivG.gif') no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;width:22px;height:22px;position: absolute;top:50%;margin-top: -11px;right:5px;}
ul.w2bajaxmenu .menuArrow {border-bottom: 4px solid transparent;border-top: 4px solid transparent;border-left: 4px solid #999999;display: block;height: 0;margin-top: -4px;position: absolute;right: 11px;top: 50%;width: 0;}
#w2bajaxmenu {background: #ededed;background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #ededed 0%, #e0e0e0 100%);background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#ededed), color-stop(100%,#e0e0e0));background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #ededed 0%,#e0e0e0 100%);background: -o-linear-gradient(top, #ededed 0%,#e0e0e0 100%);background: -ms-linear-gradient(top, #ededed 0%,#e0e0e0 100%);background: linear-gradient(to bottom, #ededed 0%,#e0e0e0 100%);filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#ededed', endColorstr='#e0e0e0',GradientType=0 );border: 1px solid #cccccc;}
The Javascript
If your blog have already jQuery plugin then do not need to add it again so, remove the red colored line from the code below, and add rest of code just above the </head> tag.

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.2/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://widgets.way2blogging.org/blogger-widgets/ajaxbloggermenu.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
    $('#w2bajaxmenu').ajaxBloggerMenu({
        numPosts : 4, // Number of Posts to show
        defaultImg : 'http://url-to-image.com/default-image.jpeg' // Default thumbnail Image
    });
});
</script>
The HTML
This is final code that you have to add in your blog as widget (HTML/Javascript) but also you need to take care about it's codding otherwise it won't work. this AJAX navigation menu will allow you to add 3 types of URL which mentioned below with the details.

Label URL http://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com/search/label/LABELNAME
Search Query http://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com/search?q=SEARCHQUERY
Label w/ Search Query http://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com/search/label/LABELNAME?q=SEARCHQUERY

Note : For the Search Query part, URL must be encoded and you can use this tool to encode your search query URL.

<ul id="w2bajaxmenu" class="w2bmenu">
    <li>
        <a href="#">Home</a>
    </li>
    <li>
        <a href="#">Example 1</a>
        <ul>
            <li><a href="http://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com/search/label/AdSense">Sample Label</a></li>
            <li><a href="http://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com/search/label/Gadgets?q=harish">Label w/ Search</a></li>
            <li><a href="http://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com/search?q=way2blogging">Search Query</a></li>
            <li><a href="http://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com/search?q=This+is+long+query+you+do+not+get+any+results,+so+try+others">Unknown Search</a>
        </ul>
    </li>
    <li>
        <a href="#">Example 2</a>
        <ul>
            <li><a href="http://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com/search/label/Design">Design</a></li>
            <li><a href="http://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com/search/label/Facebook?q=Like+Button">Facebook</a></li>
            <li><a href="http://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com/search/label/Templates">Templates</a></li>
            <li><a href="http://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com/search?q=Guest+Posts">Guest Posts</a></li>
        </ul>
    </li>
    <li><a href="http://yourblogdomain.blogspot.com">Normal Link</a></li>
</ul>

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