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Creating a Responsive Navigation Bar using HTML and CSS

Creating a Responsive Navigation Bar using HTML and CSS

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a responsive navigation bar using HTML and CSS. A responsive navigation bar is essential for providing a seamless user experience across different devices and screen sizes.

Prerequisites

Before we begin, make sure you have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS. It will be helpful if you are familiar with the following concepts:

  • HTML tags and attributes
  • CSS selectors and properties
  • Box model and layout

The HTML Structure

Let’s start by creating the HTML structure for our navigation bar. Open your favorite text editor and create a new HTML file.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <title>Responsive Navigation Bar</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="styles.css">
</head>
<body>
    <nav class="navbar">
        <div class="logo">
            <a href="#">Logo</a>
        </div>
        <ul class="nav-links">
            <li><a href="#">Home</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">About</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">Services</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">Contact</a></li>
        </ul>
        <div class="burger"></div>
    </nav>
</body>
</html>

We have defined a <nav> element with a class of “navbar” that contains the logo, navigation links, and a burger icon for mobile devices.

The CSS Styles

Next, we will add the CSS styles to create a responsive navigation bar. Create a new file called “styles.css” and link it to your HTML file using the <link> tag in the <head> section.

/* styles.css */

.navbar {
    display: flex;
    justify-content: space-between;
    align-items: center;
    padding: 20px;
    background-color: #333;
    color: #fff;
}

.logo a {
    color: #fff;
    font-size: 24px;
    text-decoration: none;
}

.nav-links {
    display: flex;
    list-style: none;
}

.nav-links li {
    margin-right: 20px;
}

.nav-links li a {
    color: #fff;
    text-decoration: none;
}

.burger {
    width: 40px;
    height: 3px;
    background-color: #fff;
    cursor: pointer;
    transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out;
}

/* Mobile navigation */

@media screen and (max-width: 768px) {
    .nav-links {
        display: none;
    }

    .burger {
        position: relative;
    }

    .burger:before,
    .burger:after {
        content: '';
        position: absolute;
        width: 100%;
        height: 100%;
        background-color: #fff;
        transition: all 0.3s ease-in-out;
    }

    .burger:before {
        top: -10px;
    }

    .burger:after {
        top: 10px;
    }

    .nav-active .burger {
        transform: rotate(45deg);
    }

    .nav-active .burger:before {
        transform: translateY(10px) rotate(45deg);
    }

    .nav-active .burger:after {
        transform: translateY(-10px) rotate(45deg);
    }

    .nav-active .nav-links {
        display: flex;
        flex-direction: column;
        align-items: center;
        width: 100%;
        height: 100vh;
        background-color: #333;
        position: absolute;
        top: 0;
        left: 0;
        opacity: 0.9;
    }

    .nav-active .nav-links li {
        margin-right: 0;
        margin-bottom: 20px;
    }
}

We have defined the styles for the navigation bar, logo, navigation links, and the burger icon. Additionally, we have added media queries to make the navigation bar responsive for mobile devices.

JavaScript Interactions (Optional)

If you want to add interactivity to the navigation bar, you can use JavaScript to toggle the mobile menu when the burger icon is clicked. Here’s an example script:

// JavaScript code

document.querySelector('.burger').addEventListener('click', function () {
    document.querySelector('.nav-links').classList.toggle('nav-active');
});

This script listens for a click event on the burger icon element and toggles the “nav-active” class on the navigation links element.

Conclusion

Congratulations! You have successfully created a responsive navigation bar using HTML and CSS. You can customize the styles and add more functionality to suit your needs.

Feel free to experiment with different designs and layouts to enhance the user experience of your website.

Remember to test your navigation bar on different devices and screen sizes to ensure it looks and functions as expected.

Happy coding!

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