I have a client who has a menu with 14 items. Currently my client dropped menu items like contact, home, about, blog, etc. into the footer. To me this is bad design as I would assume most users will not look in the footer for items normally present in the main nav. The majority of the menu items are the various store categories.
If I try to insert all items onto one line the font and spacing has to be so small it is a bit difficult to read.
What is the best way, in regards to UX, for large menus? Should I combine all of the various store items into one drop-down or a mega menu design? Is there an ideal number of of main menu items for best UX?