February 5, 2024 5:01 am

How to create Responsive Header Menu with CSS

Now days responsive themes are very important for web development because many users use only mobile to check websites and I am also working on new theme of PHPGang on responsive rules and created a smart and responsive header with CSS media option.


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In this article I will show you how to make CSS and HTML to display header on diffrent devices.

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This responsive header designed with only css no need of any jQuery and script to get device width etc.


Contains css for menu:

    margin: 0;
    width: 100%;
    background: url('images/theronbg.png') 30px 0 repeat;
    font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif;
a {

    color: #4C9CF1;
    text-decoration: none;
    font-weight: bold;


a:hover {

    color: #444;


img {

    width: 100%;


header {

    background: #fff;
    width: 100%;
    height: 76px;
    position: fixed;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    border-bottom: 4px solid #4C9CF1;
    z-index: 100;


    margin-left: 20px;
    float: left;
    width: 200px;
    height: 75px;
    background: url(images/logo.png) no-repeat center;
    display: block;


nav {

    float: right;
    padding: 20px;    


#menu-icon {

    display: hidden;
    width: 40px;
    height: 40px;
    background: #4C8FEC url(images/menu-icon.png) center;


a:hover#menu-icon {

    background-color: #444;
    border-radius: 4px 4px 0 0;


ul {

    list-style: none;


li {

    display: inline-block;
    float: left;
    padding: 10px


.current {

    color: #2262AD;


section {

    margin: 80px auto 40px;
    max-width: 980px;
    position: relative;
    padding: 20px

@media only screen and (max-width : 640px) { /*If device width is higher than 640px use this css and if less than 640px use above */

    header {

        position: absolute;


    #menu-icon {



    nav ul, nav:active ul { 

        display: none;
        position: absolute;
        padding: 20px;
        background: #fff;
        border: 5px solid #444;
        right: 20px;
        top: 60px;
        width: 50%;
        border-radius: 4px 0 4px 4px;


    nav li {

        text-align: center;
        width: 100%;
        padding: 10px 0;
        margin: 0;


    nav:hover ul {

        display: block;


This CSS has one /*MEDIA QUERY*/ which check device width and put css respectively.

If device size become less than 640px it will shrink menu items and show them in a drop-down you can check it by zoom in and zoom out your browser window with “ctrl”+”+” or “ctrl”+”-“.


Contains design of menu with header and nav menu:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en-US">

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width; initial-scale=1; maximum-scale=1">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<title>PHPGang Programming Blog, Tutorials, jQuery, Ajax, PHP, MySQL and Demos</title>

    <a href="#" id="logo"></a>
            <a href="#" id="menu-icon"></a>
                <li><a href="https://www.phpgang.com/" class="current">Home</a></li>
                <li><a href="demo.phpgang.com/">Demos</a></li>
                <li><a href="https://www.phpgang.com/category/jquery">jQuery</a></li>
                <li><a href="https://www.phpgang.com/category/php">PHP</a></li>
                <li><a href="https://www.phpgang.com/request-tutorials-here">Contact</a></li>

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Author Huzoor Bux

I am Huzoor Bux from Karachi (Pakistan). I have been working as a PHP Developer from last 5+ years, and its my passion to learn new things and implement them as a practice. Basically I am a PHP developer but now days exploring more in HTML5, CSS and jQuery libraries.

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2 responses to “How to create Responsive Header Menu with CSS”

  1. Mark says:

    Here’s a question… is it possible, once open, to make the menu close on a mobile device given the inability to hover off of the “menu-icon”? I’ve been racking my brain trying to find a solution.

  2. You have describe responsive designs in such a nice way or in a kind of series..

    I like .

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