This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

Suckerfish Dropdown Menu


This plugin was designed to offer improved support for Internet Explorer 6. Since that browser is now irrelevant for modern websites, this is the last version of this plugin which will be released. It will stay here for archival purposes and for anyone who may need to cater for ancient browsers, but it is unlikely to be of use to anyone attempting to create a modern website.

This plugin loads a suckerfish script for providing support for older browsers such as Internet Explorer 6. Must be used with an unordered list with a class of .sf-menu.

For help with creating the CSS necessary for a dropdown menu, please try our Suckerfish Dropdown CSS Generator page.


After you’ve downloaded and extracted the files:

  1. Upload the complete ryans-suckerfish-wordpress-dropdown-menu folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

Contributors & Developers

“Suckerfish Dropdown Menu” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



Version 1.0: Initial plugin design
Version 1.01: Improved CSS styling
Version 1.02: Added Single function to improve usability
Version 1.03: Added four new functions to enable users to display a range of different types of content in the navigation bar
Version 1.04: Added one new function to enable users to display a different type of content in the navigation bar
Version 1.05: Bug fixed thanks to Cj B
Version 1.1 Beta: Initial Beta version featuring user customisable design
Version 1.1.1 Beta: Corrected folder name
Version 1.1.2 Beta: Removed menu from wp_footer
Version 1.1.3 Beta: Major bugfix due to incorrect function names
Version 1.1.4 Beta: Re-included suckerfish2, suckerfish3, suckerfish4 and suckerfish5 functions from version 1.0.4
Version 1.2 Beta: Added many new options
Version 1.3 Beta: Major recode. Replaced built in plugin style generator with the Online Suckerfish Dropdown Generator.
Version 1.4 Beta: Major code addition. Added selection boxes to admin panel to allow control over what appears in the dropdown menu directly via the admin panel.
Version 1.5 Beta: Added keyboard accessibility support.
Version 1.6 Beta: Moved style information from HTML to a dynamically generated external CSS file
Version 1.6.1: New stable release. Minor change: added monthly/yearly options for archives
Version 1.6.2: Major bug fix. An error in the Javascript file was corrected.
Version 1.6.3: Major bug fix. ‘Category’ option was not working, now fixed
Version 1.6.4: Minor bug fix.
Version 1.6.6: Minor bug fix. Superceded by the Multi-level Navigation Plugin.
Version 2.0: Total rewrite. Updated for WP 2.8.2. Changed so that it only loads a suckerfish script instead of creating a whole menu.
Version 2.0.1: Addition of deprecation notice.


Thanks to the following for help with the development of this plugin:
* Miriam Schwab – brought lack of WP dropdown plugins to my attention
* Michael Castilla
* CjB – Bug reporting
* Troy – Beta testing feedback
* Michael Mitchell – programming assistance
* Matthew Carroll – designed code for accessible keyboard dropdown
* Chris Laing – Beta feedback
* Karynn – Bug reporting</br />
* Krusty Ruffle – Bug reporting