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Adding media queries to the header

From: WordPress: Building Responsive Themes

Video: Adding media queries to the header

We have now created a header that's responsive in that it resizes and realigns as we reduce the width of our window. However, if we make the window small enough, it starts looking really strange. That's because we've yet to add media queries to make sure that as we hit certain points in our layout, the menu will also respond to that point and change so that the layout is more useful. What we want to do here is create a situation where when the width of the window is small enough, the menu ceases to stay on the right, and instead moves in underneath the title.

Adding media queries to the header

We have now created a header that's responsive in that it resizes and realigns as we reduce the width of our window. However, if we make the window small enough, it starts looking really strange. That's because we've yet to add media queries to make sure that as we hit certain points in our layout, the menu will also respond to that point and change so that the layout is more useful. What we want to do here is create a situation where when the width of the window is small enough, the menu ceases to stay on the right, and instead moves in underneath the title.

That will make it more accessible, and we'll avoid this squishing effect that you see here. To do that, we need to add media queries. So let's figure out what we want to do first. In the previous movie, we used percentages to move the entire header container to the right and then shift the title and tagline to the left. So logic dictates that if we reset these values, we will end up with a situation where the title and tag line is on the top and the menu's on the bottom.

If you look at our style sheet, you'll see that here we have the header-container and the header-title styled inside the main style sheet. So if we simply copy these elements out and go all the way down to our media queries, we can add these styles in to the media query we want to. In this case we want the breakpoint to happen at 719 pixels. If you remember, that's the second breakpoint where the layout goes from being fixed, like this, to fluid, like this.

To reset the menu layout, I'm going to go in here to my media query and find a logical place to place it, so I'll place these styles directly after header_margin. I'll paste in the original styles first and just do some cleanup so that it looks nice. And then what I want to do is reset these values to default, or just 0. So I'll reset margin-left to 0 and this margin to 0 and I'll say float: none, and reset the width to 100%.

I'll save this and when I reload my page now, you'll see that the menu is underneath the title and tag line, and if I scale the window up, the menu appears on the right-hand side. So a simple media query was all that was needed to reset the layout back to what it was originally, which is what we wanted.

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WordPress: Building Responsive Themes

39 video lessons · 16655 viewers

Morten Rand-Hendriksen
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  1. 4m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 27s
    3. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 34s
  2. 8m 36s
    1. What is responsive design?
      4m 16s
    2. The different faces of WordPress on mobile
      1m 55s
    3. Exploring the finished Anaximander theme
      2m 25s
  3. 9m 38s
    1. Getting and installing the Anaximander theme
      1m 53s
    2. Configuring basic theme options
      7m 45s
  4. 23m 51s
    1. Deciding what screen sizes to design for
      4m 11s
    2. Thinking responsively: Designing for many different screen sizes
      6m 23s
    3. Visualizing content realignment for better markup
      4m 35s
    4. Designing menus
      4m 52s
    5. Adding responsive images and videos
      3m 50s
  5. 26m 8s
    1. What are media queries and how do they work?
      4m 18s
    2. Exploring CSS3, progressive enhancement, and graceful degradation
      3m 27s
    3. Understanding best practices for media queries
      3m 57s
    4. Creating a responsive frame
      5m 12s
    5. Customizing media queries with the Chrome Developer Tools
      5m 28s
    6. Taking device width into account
      3m 46s
  6. 11m 1s
    1. Resizing the site title and the description
      8m 22s
    2. Adding media queries to the header
      2m 39s
  7. 11m 22s
    1. Making the menu responsive
      3m 35s
    2. Creating a different menu design for small screens
      7m 47s
  8. 19m 22s
    1. Making a responsive single-post layout
      6m 11s
    2. Making images responsive
      4m 37s
    3. Making videos responsive by including FitVids
      8m 34s
  9. 7m 45s
    1. Making the sidebar responsive
      5m 10s
    2. Hiding sidebars on mobile
      2m 35s
  10. 7m 28s
    1. Dealing with footer widgets
      5m 11s
    2. Adding navigation links that return to the top of the page
      2m 17s
  11. 12m 54s
    1. Using FlexSlider to create a responsive slider
      6m 2s
    2. Creating a loop to show sticky posts in a featured slider
      6m 52s
  12. 24m 37s
    1. What is jQuery Masonry?
      3m 41s
    2. Installing jQuery Masonry
      4m 45s
    3. Configuring the index page with Masonry
      7m 0s
    4. Using CSS to finalize the Masonry layout
      6m 17s
    5. Adding media queries to the Masonry index
      2m 54s
  13. 9m 11s
    1. Exploring hidden features of the Anaximander theme
      5m 51s
    2. Where to go from here
      3m 20s

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