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Neat and modern header sections with CSS3

01.21.2013
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Have you thought about remaking your website's header section? As you know, this is the most important section of any website. First of all, all visitors are paying attention to this part of the site. The more clean and tidy your site is, your visitors will have better opinions of it. In today’s article I will show you how to create a high-quality and modern header for your site. This header will include a logo, several links in the upper right corner, a drop-down navigation menu and a search form.

Before we start, I would like to show you what exactly we are going to buid:

result of header section


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Now, let’s download the sources and start coding !


Step 1. HTML

In the most beginning, we have to define our header with all mentioned elements:

index.html

<div id="header">
    <!-- logo -->
    <a href="#" id="logo"><img src="images/logo.png"></a>

    <!-- extra top links -->
    <div id="links">
        <a href="#">About us</a>
        <a href="#">Help</a>
        <a href="#">Contact Us</a>
    </div>

    <!-- navigation menu -->
    <div id="navmenu">
        <nav id="menu">
            <ul>
                <li class="active"><a href="index.php">Home</a>
                    <ul>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem1"></span>Facebook</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem2"></span>Google</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem3"></span>RSS</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem4"></span>Skype</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem5"></span>Stumbleupon</a></li>
                    </ul>
                </li>
                <li><a href="#">Faces</a>
                    <ul>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 1</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 2</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 3</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 4</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 5</a></li>
                    </ul>
                </li>
                <li><a href="#">Clubs</a>
                    <ul>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 1</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 2</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 3</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 4</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 5</a></li>
                    </ul>
                </li>
                <li><a href="#">Photos</a>
                    <ul>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 1</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 2</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 3</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 4</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 5</a></li>
                    </ul>
                </li>
                <li><a href="#">Videos</a></li>
                <li><a href="#">Games</a></li>
                <li><a href="#">Blog</a>
                    <ul>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 1</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 2</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 3</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 4</a></li>
                        <li><a href="#"><span class="icon elem0"></span>menu element 5</a></li>
                    </ul>
                </li>
                <li><a href="#">Classifieds</a></li>
            </ul>
        </nav>

        <!-- search form -->
        <div id="search">
            <form role="search" method="get">
                <input type="text" placeholder="search..." name="s" value="" autocomplete="off" />
            </form>
        </div>
    </div>
</div>

Everything should be easy to understand. This is quite usual UL-LI based menu plus easy search form

Step 2. CSS

css/main.css

Now, our main step – we have to stylize our prepared header. First of all – general styles for header itself, upper right corner links and logo:

/* header styles */
#header {
    border:1px solid;
    border-color:rgba(0,0,0,0.1);
    border-bottom-color:rgba(0,0,0,0.2);
    border-top:none;
    background:#f7f7f7;
    background:-webkit-linear-gradient(top, #f7f7f7, #f4f4f4);
    background:-moz-linear-gradient(top, #f7f7f7, #f4f4f4);
    background:-o-linear-gradient(top, #f7f7f7, #f4f4f4);
    background:linear-gradient(to bottom, #f7f7f7, #f4f4f4);
    background-clip:padding-box;
    border-radius:0 0 5px 5px;
    margin: auto;
    position: relative;
    width: 1000px;
}
#header a {
    color: #4C9FEB;
}
#header a:hover {
    color: #FF7D4C;
}
#logo {
    float: left;
    margin: 15px 10px;
}
#logo img {
    border: 0;
}
#links {
    float: right;
    font-size: 12px;
    margin: 10px 20px 0;
    overflow: hidden;
    text-shadow: 0 1px 0 #FFFFFF;
}
#links a {
    border-left: 1px solid #DEDEDE;
    margin-left: 7px;
    padding-left: 8px;
    text-decoration: none;
}
#links a:first-child {
    border-width: 0;
}

Now, we have to define styles for our drop down navigation menu (pure CSS3), here it is:

/* navigation menu styles */
#navmenu {
    background: -webkit-linear-gradient(#f6f6f6, #e9eaea) repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    background: -moz-linear-gradient(#f6f6f6, #e9eaea) repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    background: linear-gradient(#f6f6f6, #e9eaea) repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#f6f6f6', endColorstr='#e9eaea',GradientType=0 );

    border-radius: 0 0 4px 4px;
    border-top: 1px solid #D1D1D1;
    box-shadow: -1px 1px 0 rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.8) inset;
    clear: both;
    height: 51px;
    padding-top: 1px;
}
#menu {
    float: left;
}
#menu a {
    text-decoration: none;
}
#menu ul {
    list-style: none;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
}
#menu > ul > li {
    float: left;
    padding-bottom: 12px;
}
#menu ul li a {
    border-color: #D1D1D1;
    border-image: none;
    border-style: solid;
    border-width: 0 1px 0 0;
    box-shadow: -1px 0 0 rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.8) inset, 1px 0 0 rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.8) inset;
    color: #333333;
    display: block;
    font-size: 14px;
    height: 30px;
    line-height: 30px;
    padding: 11px 15px 10px;
    text-shadow: 0 1px 0 #FFFFFF;
}
#menu ul li a:hover {
    background: -webkit-linear-gradient(#efefef, #e9eaea) repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    background: -moz-linear-gradient(#efefef, #e9eaea) repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    background: linear-gradient(#efefef, #e9eaea) repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#efefef', endColorstr='#e9eaea',GradientType=0 );
}
#menu > ul > li.active > a {
    background: -webkit-linear-gradient(#55A6F1, #3F96E5) repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    background: -moz-linear-gradient(#55A6F1, #3F96E5) repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    background: linear-gradient(#55A6F1, #3F96E5) repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#55A6F1', endColorstr='#3F96E5',GradientType=0 );
    border-bottom: 1px solid #2D81CC;
    border-top: 1px solid #4791D6;
    box-shadow: -1px 0 0 #55A6F1 inset, 1px 0 0 #55A6F1 inset;
    color: #FFFFFF;
    margin: -1px 0 -1px -1px;
    text-shadow: 0 -1px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.3);
}
#menu > ul > li.active > a:hover {
    background: -webkit-linear-gradient(#499FEE, #3F96E5) repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    background: -moz-linear-gradient(#499FEE, #3F96E5) repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    background: linear-gradient(#499FEE, #3F96E5) repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#499FEE', endColorstr='#3F96E5',GradientType=0 );
}
#menu > ul > li:first-child > a {
    border-radius: 0 0 0 5px;
}

Finally, all we need is to realize – drop-down behavior. I prepared next styles which allow us to slide smoothly down popup menu:

/* dropdown menu */
#menu ul ul {
    background: -webkit-linear-gradient(#F7F7F7, #F4F4F4) repeat scroll 0 0 padding-box transparent;
    background: -moz-linear-gradient(#F7F7F7, #F4F4F4) repeat scroll 0 0 padding-box transparent;
    background: linear-gradient(#F7F7F7, #F4F4F4) repeat scroll 0 0 padding-box transparent;
    filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#F7F7F7', endColorstr='#F4F4F4',GradientType=0 );

    border: 1px solid rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.1);
    border-radius: 5px 5px 5px 5px;
    box-shadow: 0 1px 0 #FFFFFF inset;
    height: 0;
    margin-top: 10px;
    opacity: 0;
    overflow: hidden;
    padding: 0;
    position: absolute;
    visibility: hidden;
    width: 250px;
    z-index: 1;

    -webkit-transition: all .5s;
    -moz-transition: all .5s;
    -ms-transition: all .5s;
    -o-transition: all .5s;
    transition: all .5s;
}
#menu ul  li:hover ul  {
    height: 195px;
    margin-top: 0\9;
    opacity: 1;
    visibility: visible;
}
#menu ul ul a {
    border-right-width: 0;
    border-top: 1px solid #D1D1D1;
    box-shadow: 0 1px 0 #FFFFFF inset;
    color: #444444;
    height: 24px;
    line-height: 24px;
    padding: 7px 12px;
    text-shadow: 0 1px 0 #FFFFFF;
}
#menu ul ul li:first-child a {
    border-top-width: 0;
}
#menu ul ul a .icon {
    background-position: 50% 50%;
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    display: block;
    float: left;
    height: 24px;
    margin-right: 10px;
    width: 24px;
}
#menu ul ul a .icon.elem0 {
    background-image: url("../images/elem.png");
}
#menu ul ul a .icon.elem1 {
    background-image: url("../images/fb.png");
}
#menu ul ul a .icon.elem2 {
    background-image: url("../images/go.png");
}
#menu ul ul a .icon.elem3 {
    background-image: url("../images/rs.png");
}
#menu ul ul a .icon.elem4 {
    background-image: url("../images/sk.png");
}
#menu ul ul a .icon.elem5 {
    background-image: url("../images/su.png");
}

/* search bar */
#search {
    margin:13px 10px 0 0;
    float: right;
}
#search form {
    background: url("../images/search.gif") no-repeat scroll 5% 50% transparent;
    border: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
    border-radius: 3px 3px 3px 3px;
    box-shadow: 0 1px 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.05) inset, 0 1px 0 #FFFFFF;
    height: 26px;
    padding: 0 25px;
    position: relative;
    width: 130px;
}
#search form:hover {
    background-color: #F9F9F9;
}
#search form input {
    color: #999999;
    font-size: 13px;
    height: 26px;
    text-shadow: 0 1px 0 #FFFFFF;
    background: none repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
    border: medium none;
    float: left;
    outline: medium none;
    padding: 0;
    width: 100%;
}
#search form input.placeholder, #search form input:-moz-placeholder {
    color: #C4C4C4;
}
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Conclusion

That is all for today. We have just prepared a really nice looking and neat header block with own navigation menu. I’m sure that this material will be very useful for everybody. Good luck and welcome back





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