How to Shrink Your Global Header’s Size When Scrolling with Divi’s Theme Builder

November 18, 2019

When you’re designing a fixed global header, you might want to shrink the header’s height when your visitors are scrolling. It helps reduce the space the global header takes up in your visitors’ viewport height. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through that process. We’ll start by building the menu, and then we’ll add some JQuery and CSS code to trigger the effect. You’ll be able to download the JSON file for free as well!

Let’s get to it.


Before we dive into the tutorial, let’s take a quick look at the outcome across different screen sizes.


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1. Go to Divi Theme Builder & Add New Template

Go to Divi Theme Builder

Start by going to the Divi Theme Builder.

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Start Building Global Header

Then, click on ‘Build Global Header’ and select ‘Build Global Header’.

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2. Start Building Global Header

Section Settings

Background Color

Once you’re inside the template editor, you’ll notice a section. Open the section and change the background color into white.

  • Background Color: #FFFFFF

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Move on to the module’s design tab and change the width.

  • Width: 100%

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Modify the section’s top and bottom padding too.

  • Top Padding: 2vw
  • Bottom Padding: 2vw

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Box Shadow

And separate the page content from the global header by adding a subtle box shadow to the section next.

  • Box Shadow Blur Strength: 50px
  • Shadow Color: rgba(0,0,0,0.13)

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Then, add a CSS ID to the section. Later on the tutorial, we’ll use this CSS ID to create the shrinking global header effect on scroll.

  • CSS ID: section-padding

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Main Element

Move on to the advanced tab, go to the Custom CSS settings and make the section fixed by adding two lines of CSS code to the section’s main element.

position: fixed; top: 0;

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Z Index

To make sure the section remains on top of all page and post content, we’ll increase the section’s z index too.

  • Z Index: 99999

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Add New Row

Column Structure

Once you’ve completed the column settings, continue by adding a new row using the following column structure:

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Without adding any modules yet, open the row settings and change the sizing accordingly:

  • Use Custom Gutter Width: Yes
  • Gutter Width: 1
  • Equalize Column Heights: Yes
  • Max Width: 100%

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Remove the row’s default top and bottom padding next.

  • Top Padding: 0px
  • Bottom Padding: 0px

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Then, go to the advanced tab and add a CSS ID to the row. We’ll need this CSS ID later on the tutorial to make the shrinking effect work.

  • CSS ID: row-width

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Main Element

Last but not least, to make sure all columns remain next to each other on smaller screen sizes, and to center all column content, we’ll add two lines of CSS code to the row’s main element.

display: flex; align-items: center;

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Add Image Module to Column 1

Upload Logo

Time to add modules, starting with an Image Module in column 1. Upload a logo with a transparent background.

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Modify the module’s width next.

  • Width: 5vw (Desktop), 9vw (Tablet), 13vw (Phone)

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Add Menu Module to Column 2

Select Menu

Move on to the second column and insert a Menu Module. Select a menu of your choice.

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Remove Background Color

Remove the module’s background color next.

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Move on to the module’s design tab and change the layout too.

  • Style: Centered
  • Dropdown Menu Direction: Downwards

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Menu Text

Then, open the menu text settings and make some changes.

  • Menu Font: Rubik
  • Menu Text Color: #000000
  • Menu Text Size: 0.9vw (Desktop), 2vw (Tablet), 3vw (Phone)

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Dropdown Menu

Modify the dropdown menu settings too.

  • Dropdown Menu Background Color: #ffffff
  • Dropdown Menu Line Color: #2970fa

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And complete the module’s settings by changing the hamburger menu icon color in the icons settings.

  • Hamburger Menu Icon Color: #2970fa

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Add Button Module to Column 3

Add Copy

On to the next and last column. Add a Button Module with some copy of your choice.

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Change the module’s alignment next.

  • Button Alignment: Right

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Button Settings

Style the button accordingly:

  • Use Custom Styles For Button: Yes
  • Button Text Size: 0.8vw (Desktop), 1.5vw (Tablet), 2vw (Phone)
  • Button Text Color: #ffffff
  • Button Background Color: #2970fa
  • Button Border Width: 0px

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  • Button Border Radius: 0px
  • Button Letter Spacing: 1px
  • Button Font: Rubik
  • Button Font Style: Uppercase

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And add some custom padding values across different screen sizes.

  • Top Padding: 0.8vw (Desktop), 1.8vw (Tablet), 2.5vw (Phone)
  • Bottom Padding: 0.8vw (Desktop), 1.8vw (Tablet), 2.5vw (Phone)
  • Left Padding: 1.5vw (Desktop), 3vw (Tablet), 4vw (Phone)
  • Right Padding: 1.5vw (Desktop), 3vw (Tablet), 4vw (Phone)

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Box Shadow

Complete the module’s settings by adding a subtle box shadow.

  • Box Shadow Vertical Position: 20px
  • Box Shadow Blur Strength: 30px
  • Shadow Color: rgba(41,112,250,0.2)

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Add Code Module to Column 2

Insert JQuery & CSS Code

The next and last part of this tutorial handles the shrinking effect, using the two CSS IDs we’ve assigned to our section and row. Add a Code Module to column 2 with the following lines of JQuery and CSS code. Make sure you put the JQuery code between script tags and the CSS code between style tags.

jQuery(function($){ $(window).scroll(function() { if ($(document).scrollTop() > 50) { $('#section-padding').addClass('reduce-section-padding'); $('#row-width').addClass('increase-row-width'); } else { $('#section-padding').removeClass('reduce-section-padding'); $('#section-padding').addClass('slow-transition'); $('#row-width').removeClass('increase-row-width'); $('#row-width').addClass('slow-transition'); } }); });
.reduce-section-padding { transition: all 0.9s ease-out 0s; padding-top: 0px !important; padding-bottom: 0px !important; } .increase-row-width { transition: all 0.9s ease-out 0s; width: 100% !important; } .slow-transition { transition: all 0.9s ease-out 0s; } #main-content { margin-top: 5vw; }

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3. Save Builder Changes & View Result

Once you’ve added the code, you can save all the changes you’ve made to the global header and view the outcome on your website!

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Now that we’ve gone through all the steps, let’s take a final look at the outcome across different screen sizes.


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Final Thoughts

In this post, we’ve shown you how to create a shrinking global header using Divi’s Theme Builder. Shrinking headers are a great way to save space on your visitor’s viewport height. We’ve recreated the design from scratch and added some custom custom code to trigger the shrinking effect. You were able to download the JSON file for free as well! If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below!

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