Sidebar navigation menus have become a thing of the past when it comes to most designs. They make an appearance every now and again through the use of hamburger menus, especially on mobile devices, but most designers prefer header/horizontal navigation menus.
This list contains over 20 sidebar navigation WordPress themes that use this style of navigation right and incorporate them into their designs seamlessly.
Origin is a stunning grid-based theme that tells a story through imagery. The theme creates a truly engaging experience by saturating the screen with your beautiful photos. The theme is also responsive, meaning it will look and work great on mobile devices as well. If you are an artist looking to showcase your latest work, or if you are a blogger looking to give your visitors a fun new way to browse your latest posts, then Origin is great choice for you!
Coastline is a portfolio theme. It uses a sidebar navigation menu and displays images of your latest work in a grid layout. It also comes with flexible layout options, including a slideshow, an image array, column listing and infinite scroll.
Ridge is another portfolio theme. This one also displays your work in a grid layout, but it allows visitors to filter them by category. It also comes with a large header area that includes a call to action. This is paired with the sidebar navigation menu.
Port is another portfolio theme. This one also displays your latest and greatest work in a grid layout, but it also allows you to list your business’ services, team members, blog posts and more. It hides its sidebar navigation menu behind a hamburger menu.
Trail is another portfolio theme. This one is designed for photography as it relies on large, beautiful images to complete its design. It uses a dark-toned sidebar navigation menu and a vertical slider on the homepage.
Ink is another portfolio theme that uses a grid layout. This portfolio can be filtered into different categories on the homepage, and the sidebar navigation menu uses a light-toned style. You can use full screen background images on individual project pages.
Palermo is a hotel theme designed to showcase a single location. It uses a dark-toned navigation menu on the left-hand side of the theme. It also uses semi-parallax scrolling on the homepage where the sidebar scrolls at a different pace than the rest of the page.
Medium is a multi purpose theme best used for personal blogs and minimalist portfolios. It uses a dark-toned sidebar navigation menu on the left-hand side of the theme and a light-toned footer on the right-hand side of the theme.
Bramble is a multipurpose theme that uses a minimalist style. It uses a page builder and comes with nine pre-built homepage layouts, one of which uses a sidebar navigation menu and a filterable portfolio.
Infinity is another minimalist portfolio theme that showcases your work in a grid layout and allows visitors to filter them by category. It uses a light-skinned sidebar navigation menu that blends in with the rest of the theme.
Side Box is a minimalist portfolio theme that comes with multiple homepage layouts. One of those layouts displays your work in a grid layout and features a light-skinned navigation menu in the sidebar. It also features infinite scrolling and a responsive, fullscreen gallery.
Premium is another minimalist portfolio theme. This one uses yet another grid layout and displays a slider on top of that. It uses a light-toned sidebar navigation menu that allows you to filter the portfolio by category.
Center is a minimalist blogging theme designed to encourage the reader to focus their attention on your content. It displays your latest posts in a grid layout and hides your navigation menu behind a hamburger sidebar menu. It features your footer in the other sidebar.
SOHO is a clean and modern theme designed for creative professionals and agencies. It comes with four homepage layouts, each of which displays different content throughout the homepage. It also uses a light-skinned sidebar navigation menu.
Alternate is a minimalist portfolio theme designed for creatives, such as graphic designers and photographers. The portfolio itself can be filtered by category. It uses a light-skinned navigation menu that blends in with the rest of the theme.
Side Grid is a multipurpose theme that can be used as a personal blogging theme or portfolio. Its latest posts/portfolio items are displayed in a grid layout, which is paired with a light-toned sidebar navigation menu.
iSHOPP is the first dedicated WooCommerce theme on this list. It contains everything you need to sell products, and it uses these features inside the layout throughout the homepage. It uses a simple, light-skinned navigation menu in the sidebar.
Vector is a minimalist business theme that uses a unique design. This includes a navigation menu that’s not necessarily a sidebar but still resides toward the side of the website and displays in a vertical fashion.
Oxium is a sleek, minimalist theme designed for musicians, DJs, nightclubs and more. It features a slider at the top of the homepage and displays your latest blog posts and upcoming events beneath that. Its sidebar navigation menu blends in with the rest of the theme.
Editor is a clean, sleek and minimalist blogging theme. Its design is intended to keep the reader’s attention focused on your content. It uses a simple sidebar navigation menu that somewhat blends with the rest of the homepage.
Corner is another multipurpose theme that uses a minimalist design. This is a simple theme that can be used to showcase your portfolio. It uses a sidebar navigation menu that blends in with the rest of your theme.
Notebook is a fun multimedia theme that takes advantage of WordPress post formats and advanced CSS3 animations. The result is a unique and highly engaging design that is sure that impress your visitors. Notebook makes it easy to share a variety of content, including audio, video, photographs and standard blog posts.
It has been almost a year since we last released a standard blog theme, and considering that personal blogging still represents the core WordPress user base, I thought it was time that we returned to our roots and produced a simple blog design. Memoir is beautifully simple, but still comes packed with character and style.
eGamer was designed with video game blogs in mind, however, it can certainly be adapted to any niche. This theme contains advanced features, including a custom author review system, video embedding (from video sites such as youtube), thumbnail resizing, and more. eGamer also gives users control over many of the themes functions, making the banner ads, recent reviews section, recent video section, popular/random articles section, and post-page thumbnails optional. You can also choose between the default magazine style layout and a more basic blog style design.
ArtSee is an artsy design that was made for those looking for a simple and elegant theme. This template is perfect for portfolio websites, or blogs that seek a design that will accentuate visual imagery rather than overpower it. This theme comes with custom options pages that makes it editable via wp-admin – no CSS knowledge required.
Keres is the Responsive WordPress theme built for photography, portfoliowebsite. It comes with many cool features ex. Fullscreen Slideshow, Kenburns Slideshow, Unique Image Flow Gallery, Skin manager, Fullscreen Contact Map, Fullscreen Youtube and Vimeo Video, Customizable elements’s color, font and background image. There are also 50+ advanced shortcodes with Shortcode Generator support. You can also use 300+ custom fonts from Google Web Fonts.
iKnowledge is a slick knowledge base WordPress theme. iKnowledge features a fresh and clean design, focusing more on the content. It also comes with a rating system and post view counter to help you track article performance.
AlYoum is a Premium Responsive & Retina Display WordPress Theme perfect for Blogs / Magazines / Personal Blogs.
Flashlight is an elegant and flexible WordPress Portfolio and Photography Theme, suited for users with no coding knowledge as well as deverlopers. The theme comes with a plethora of options so you can modify layout, styling, colors and fonts directly from within the backend. 5 differen Gallery Types make sure that you can showcase your work they way it fits best for your project.