Yep, sure I understand what you’re saying. But remember, what I was alluding to earlier.
The user doesn’t think like we do. They want concise, quick, easy access to the desired link. If you make the menu semi-transparent, it will be subtle enough to reduce design conflict; and it will provide navigation clarity. If you make them click > scroll > click back > and repeat, I would be concerned about the bounce rate.
But, man I certainly feel ya. This is a tough one to decide on. Take this approach.
- Will the majority of users visit on desktop, tablet or mobile?
- What is the estimated average visit time of each user?
- Will there be a customer form to capture user data?
- Is the ecommerce aspect the foundation to the site/project?
- Will the project managers or a sales team interact with the site users at any point?
- Is the menu going to be fairly consistent, or will it be updated often?
I say this because, with these questions the “Menu” should be consistent on each page - even product details pages. You know what I mean? It’s nice when it has consistent colors, location and functionality.
Just throwing out ideas to add. Depending on the interaction with the project owners, users may actually be on their own when visiting. If it’s never going to be “customer-facing”, you may use that as a guide.
Customers will not know the difference on what you and I are discussing. The only thing they’ll know is - they can or cannot find their way.
A dropdown nav may be the final answer! (It’s universal and clear)