Nowadays most WordPress based (and also many other) websites have horizontal navigation on top of the page. This is a common trend, easy to find navigation is a must for any website. In my opinion, well designed and fixed menu in sidebar is a better way to help visitors get through your content. It also gives the viewers an opportunity to get what they want as fast as possible. Have you ever been frustrated, when had to scroll the whole page to click something in top based horizontal menu? Check out my 25 hand picked themes, they all have the wonderful feature of vertical navigation in sidebar. And don't forget to leave a comment letting us know your thoughts. PS. Thanks to santhosh, 87studios reader who inspired me to create this list.
Fashy is a Fashion Blog and Portfolio Premium WordPress Theme, suited for users who want to run a professional or personal blog and wants to showcase your products, services or news with a unique looking website.
Maja is a stylish, carefully handcrafted and fully responsive WordPress theme. Great for personal sites, portfolios or a small business presentation.
Landscaper is a brand new Fullscreen Creative Business WordPress theme. It’s fresh & modern look with friendly features will make your website a standout. It’s both fun and easy to work with this theme. Creating fully working pages, that look awesome (and sound awesome!), now takes only a couple of minutes. Demo & Details
Insiginius is created for companies and individuals who let the images speak for themselves. If you don’t have or want a lot of text to explain yourself, this theme is for you! This theme focuses on large images instead of enormous content areas, and it does so with a lot of fancy effects! The admin is also super simple to use. No gimmicks, no complex builders and easy to set up in a couple of minutes. Demo & Details
Pace is a stylish portfolio and blog WordPress theme, but surely can be used for another purposes. The theme is ready for high resolution displays as well as perfectly responsive. Demo & Details
WP-Media is a responsive WordPress Theme which can be used for any business due to its clear design. The theme layout adjusts to small screens of any mobile devices. The template setting allows to configure lots of parameters like fonts, backgrounds, layouts colors and more. The Theme is using a responsive Grid Framework with “Mobile Ready” Layout.
Kinetic is a clean, responsive and simply stunning WordPress theme with a fantastic array of features including full screen video and slider backgrounds. It uses HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and Bootstrap to create a fantastic interface for users. Kinetic also has a great range of customization options all pulled together in a powerful and intuitive options framework. Demo & Details
Artisto is a fullscreen WordPress Theme which can be used for any business due to its clear design. 30+ Shortcodes (Buttons, Columns, etc) 3 Custom Widgets (Recent Posts, Popular Posts, Flickr) Unlimited Sidebars
Pronto is a minimal masonry grid blogging WordPress theme. The tiled layout is a great way to display your blog posts. Or you could use the theme as a portfolio, and use the built-in WordPress gallery function to add galleries to your posts. Pronto is an elegant and flexible theme that is both beautiful and easy to use. Demo & Details
In a few words, Royalty can be defined by beauty through simplicity. It can be used for a wide range of sites from corporate / business to photography, blogging and portfolios.
BigCity is a Personal and Blog WordPress Theme. Packed with powerful features to suit almost every needs and yet so simple to use. Works with latest WordPress versions. Demo & Details
RT-Theme 10 is best suited for business, corporate, service or portfolio websites. Theme comes with 10 premium skin options and you can easly modify or make your own skin using sliced PSD files. Demo & Details
CookingBook is one of best free WordPress themes with vertical navigation. It’s excellent choice for those looking for a cooking blog template compatible with the newest version of WordPress. Demo & Details
LuxuryFashion is one of the best stylish and clean fashion themes with vertical navigation for WordPress blog. It has designs which are good-looking. It contains powerful functionality that allow you to create amazing fashion blog. Demo & Details
Creative is beautiful free WordPress theme with vertical navigation for personal web pages. This is a complex wordpress themes with lots of useful features like custom widgets, feedback form, slider, video supporting and many other Demo & Details
EcoTour is an amazing free WordPress theme with vertical navigation, great solution for blog about traveling. The theme comes with two sidebars, vertical menu, slider, custom widgets and lot of other powerful features provide a great base to build on. Demo & Details
Lukas is a free premium WordPress theme with vertical menu. This is a responsive theme with features like custom menu, featured images, widgetized sidebar etc. Theme also comes with an option panel. Theme requires the Options framework plugin. Demo & Details
Helix is a free premium WordPress theme with vertical menu. This is a WordPress 3+ ready theme with features like custom menu, fullscreen slideshow homepage, widgetized sidebar etc. Theme also comes with an option panel. Demo & Details
Binary is a free blog style WordPress theme. This is a WordPress 3+ ready theme with features like custom menu, featured images, widgetized sidebar, google fonts etc. Theme also comes with an option panel. The theme is ideal for personal blogs or journal type websites based on WordPress. Once installed please check the admin notification to install the required plugins and install them. Demo & Details
Wallbase is new fab series wordpress theme released following the success of the shuttershot theme. This too is a fullscreen slideshow portfolio theme. The theme has option to use either a full screen slideshow on the homepage or a regular blog with image slideshow as the background. I have setup a screencast to show you how to add images to the fullscreen slideshow. Demo & Details
Nautilus is a free premium theme with responsive masonry framework. This this is WordPress 3.5 ready and it supports featured images, custom menu, widgetized sidebar, customizable banner ads etc. The theme also has an options panel. Demo & Details
BonPress is the perfect personal blog theme. Packed with Post Formats (audio, video) feature and multiple Custom Widgets, like Twitter, Flickr, will offer you a unique experience from blogging. Demo & Details