Whether you’re an aspiring web developer or an ecommerce entrepreneur, your websites likely share some essential elements. For example, every site needs a clear header to help visitors navigate between different pages. However, if you use a page builder like Elementor to cut coding, you may be wondering if it’s still possible to make a sophisticated yet user-friendly Elementor sticky header.

Fortunately, using an Elementor header can provide your users with a streamlined way to explore your website. With this popular page builder, you can build a wide variety of headers that don’t disappear when users scroll down a site. This feature is what makes them ‘sticky’.

In this post, we’ll discuss how a sticky header works and the benefits of using one. Then we’ll show you how to make an Elementor sticky header with both the free and pro versions of the tool. Finally, we’ll provide you with additional customization options for your sticky headers using CSS. Let’s get started!

An Introduction To Elementor Sticky Headers

No two websites are the same. However, there are a few features that quality websites have in common.

If you’re running a multi-page site, one of these elements is a header. This is the horizontal bar at the top of any page that contains useful information.

Typically a header includes your navigation menu with pages such as About or Contact Us:

The Kinsta website header
Kinsta website header area

When visitors explore your page, they will likely expect an organized header to help guide them around your site. Since User Experience (UX) is key to the success of a website, you’d be wise to create a header that is intuitive and straightforward. That’s where a sticky header, designed with Elementor, can make a big difference.

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How a Sticky Header Works

Before we learn how an Elementor sticky header works, let’s check out how a standard header behaves when you scroll down a page:

Example of a standard header
Standard header example

As you can see in the above example, this header contains a complex navigation bar with categories such as Sales, Clothing, Shoes, and more. These tabs will undoubtedly help shoppers find what they’re looking for. However, when you scroll down the page, the header disappears.

Users may find this frustrating, as it requires them to scroll back to the top of the page to access the navigation menu. Fortunately, a sticky header offers a simple solution.

By staying or ‘sticking’ in place at the top of your page, a sticky header can drastically improve the UX of your website:

Example of a sticky header
Sticky header example

When your site design includes a sticky header, your users can quickly jump to new pages without wasting time scrolling.

Additionally, with this fixed element, you can include your logo front and center at all times. This feature may help users recall your brand more easily and encourage them to stay on your site longer.

When You Should Consider Using a Sticky Header

Visitors will be less likely to get lost when exploring larger sites with a sticky header. As such, you may want to take advantage of this feature if your website has many pages. That’s why you’ll often see sticky headers on ecommerce sites.

A sticky header can be particularly useful if you want to include a search feature in your header. That way, as users are scrolling and realize they cannot find what they are looking for, they can quickly input a query into the search bar.

Additionally, a sticky header can be a game-changer if you run a monetized blog that shows all your posts on the homepage. In general, this header can ensure your website is maintainable and scalable.

However, if your site only has a single page, it doesn’t make much sense to transform your header in this way. Additionally, if you have a good amount of pages on your website, but each one is relatively short, you probably don’t need a sticky header either.

Overall, a sticky header reduces scrolling time and increases site usability and navigation. If you’re not sure if this feature would benefit your website, you may want to do a quick audit of your page lengths and then decide.

How To Create an Elementor Sticky Header

For this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to make an Elementor sticky header. We’ll assume that you already have the Elementor plugin installed and activated on your site.

We’ll be covering how you can make this header with both the free version and Elementor Pro. You’ll likely be happy to know that you won’t need to learn HTML or significantly edit code to do this!

How To Create a Sticky Header Using Elementor (Free)

Elementor’s free version offers some powerful features for page-building. However, if you want to make changes to your headers and footers, you’ll need some additional (also free) tools.

With that in mind, let’s see how you can create a sticky header using Elementor!

Step 1: Install and Activate Your Essential Plugins

Fortunately, a few dependable tools can easily expand the functionality of Elementor’s free version.

Navigate to your WordPress dashboard to find your first tool. Go to Plugins > Add New and look for ElementsKit Elementor addons using the search function:

Install and activate ElementsKit plugin
Install and activate ElementsKit

Install and activate this plugin as you usually would. When you finish this process, you’ll be taken to your main plugins page:

You will see the installed plugin on main page
Plugin now installed

Now, click on Add New again to locate the Sticky Header Effects for Elementor plugin with the search bar:

Find the Sticky Header Effects for Elementor plugin
Sticky Header Effects for Elementor

Repeat the installation and activation process for this tool, and you’re ready for the next step!

Step 2: Create Your Menu

Before you can make any type of header, you’ll need a navigation menu. We’re going to make a simple menu with the most common elements. It will include a logo, pages, and a Call To Action (CTA).

To create your own menu within your WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance > Menus. Next to the Menu Name field, give yours a descriptive name. We’re going to call ours “Sticky Header Menu”:

Name your sticky header menu
GIve your sticky header menu a name

Be sure to choose Header as the Display location. You may also want to select the box to add new pages to your menu automatically.

Next, you’ll need to add some pages to your menu. In the Pages section on the left, tick the boxes for any pages you’d like to include, then click on Add to Menu:

Add pages to the menu
Add pages to your sticky header menu

Then you’ll see your pages transferred to your menu on the right. Go ahead and click on Save Menu at the bottom right of your screen:

Click on save menu button to save sticky header menu
Save your sticky header menu

As you can see, we’ve added some basic pages, including Contact Us, About, and Sample Page. You may want to reorder your pages so that the sequence feels intuitive to visitors.

Step 3: Create Your Header

Now your navigation menu exists, but you can’t access it anywhere. That’s because you need to create a header for it.

To do this, go to the ElementsKit tab in your left-hand menu. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to click through a few ‘getting started’ pages at this point.

Everyone will likely have different preferences, so take your time selecting which features you want to activate. However, make sure that the Header Footer module is toggled to ON:

Turn on header footer option in Elements Kit
Turn on header footer option in Elements Kit

Now, go to ElementsKit > Header Footer:

Add New template
Add new template

This page will be empty since you don’t have any headers or footer templates yet. Click on Add New at the top of your screen to create your first header template:

Fill in template settings
Fill in template settings

On the above screen, enter a descriptive name and make sure Header is selected as the Type. Since you’re using the free version, this header will appear on the Entire Site.

Make sure you toggle the Activate/Deactivate switch to ON and click on SAVE CHANGES. Now you’ll be taken back to your templates page, where you can see your new header template listed:

Now you will see your new header template listed
New header template is now available for use

You might also notice a green Active icon next to this header. However, it’s not live yet.

To complete your header, hover over it in the template list, and click on Edit in Elementor, just below its name. This will take you to the Elementor Builder screen.

Here, click on the ElementsKit icon:

Click on the ElementsKit icon
Click on the ElementsKit icon

On the following screen, select the Sections tab:

Select the Sections tab
Select the “Sections” tab

Scroll down a bit to find a header section you like, then click on Insert. We chose Header – Section 5:

Insert header where applicable
Insert the header where you want

As you can probably see, our navigation menu isn’t visible. So let’s go ahead and add it to our header template. To do this, hover over the navigation menu section of your header. In this case, it’s right in the center:

Hover over navigation menu section of the header
Hover over navigation menu section of the header

Click on this area, and your Menu Settings should appear in the left-hand panel. Now, locate the Select Menu field. In the dropdown, choose the menu you created earlier:

Choose the menu you created earlier
Choose the menu you created earlier

At this point, you should see the menu populate in your header template. Click on UPDATE in the bottom left corner of the screen, and your standard header is finished.

Let’s check out how it works in action:

New sticky header
New header

As you can see, our header looks great. However, it disappears when we scroll down. Let’s see how we can make it stick.

Step 4: Make Your Header Sticky

For our final step, navigate to ElementsKit > Header Footer > Edit with Elementor. Then select your header and click on the center icon with six dots:

Click on the dotted icon
Click on the dotted icon

When you hover over it, you will see this allows you to Edit Section. Once you click on it, your edit options will appear in the left panel.

Click on the Advanced tab and scroll down to Sticky Header Effects. There will be a warning message that says the plugin doesn’t control the sticky header, but you can disregard that. Since we’ve also added the Sticky Header Effects for Elementor plugin, it will work just fine.

Now enable the Elementor sticky header by toggling the switch to ON:

Enable the Elementor sticky header
Enable the Elementor sticky header

Depending on your theme, your sticky header may look transparent. If that’s the case, you might want to make one stylistic change.

In your Edit Section panel, under Style, go to Background > Color and make sure you’ve selected a shade that will stand out against your normal background:

Make a stylistic change if needed to your sticky header
Make a stylistic change if needed

Then click on UPDATE. Now you can preview your site to check out the final result:

Your Elementor sticky header in action
Sticky header in action

That’s it! This is a simple Elementor sticky header, but it can easily take your site to the next level.

How To Create a Sticky Header Using Elementor Pro

When using Elementor Pro, creating a sticky header is a bit simpler. You can add this feature to your site in just three easy steps.

Step 1: Create Your Menu

To make your menu, navigate to Appearance > Menus in your WordPress dashboard:

Create a menu to use
Create a menu

Give your menu a descriptive name, select Primary Menu next to Display location, and click on Create Menu:

Give your menu a name and select location
Name your menu and select a location

At this point, you should have a few existing pages on your website. Select the pages you’d like to include in your menu from the left-hand panel.

Then click on Add to Menu, followed by Save Menu:

Select the pages you want to inlcude
Select pages to include on menu

Now your pages should be populated on the right-hand side under Menu Structure.

Step 2: Create Your Header

Next, we’ll need to create our foundation. Let’s make a classic header.

To start, locate the Elementor tab in your left sidebar. Just below that, go to Templates > Theme Builder. The following page will look like this:

Find templates inside theme builder
Find “Templates” inside “Theme Builder”

As you can likely see, with Elementor Pro, you can easily start designing every element of your site.

Click on the plus icon (+) on the Header element. Now you should see a pop-up that displays multiple header blocks that you can choose from:

Choose from multiple header blocks
Choose from multiple header blocks

If you have a pre-existing header template, you can select it under the My Templates tab. Otherwise, you might want to use one of the section blocks that comes included with Elementor Pro.

When you’ve made your selection, simply hover over the desired block and click on Insert:

Go ahead and insert the desired block
Insert the desired block

Here, you’ll see that this block comes with its own logo, but our navigation menu has automatically populated. Now, click on PUBLISH:

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In publish settings add a condition
Click on “Add Condition” inside Publish Settings

The following screen will prompt you to determine your PUBLISH SETTINGS. Here, select ADD CONDITION to decide where you want to display your header:

Select where you want to display the template
Select where you want to display the template

You’ll likely want to select Entire Site next to INCLUDE. You can also exclude certain site areas by clicking the arrow next to INCLUDE and swapping to the alternative. When you’re happy with your selections, click on SAVE & CLOSE.

At this point, a pop-up message will appear in the bottom right corner of your screen. If it doesn’t disappear before you can click it, select the option to view your live site.

Alternatively, go back to your WordPress dashboard and preview your site by clicking on the house icon in the top left corner and then selecting Visit Site:

Header is now available
Header is now available

As you can see, our header is now functioning, but when we scroll down the page, it disappears. Let’s see what we can do about that!

Step 3: Make Your Header Sticky

Now let’s see how to create an Elementor sticky header with the pro tool!

Go to Templates > Theme Builder and select the header you just made. Then, click on Edit next to the pencil icon on the following screen. This will bring you back to the Elementor editor.

Hover over your header template, then click on the six-dot icon in the center. This will open your Edit Section panel on the left:

Click on the dotted option to edit
Click on the dotted option to edit

Now, navigate to the Advanced tab and locate the Motion Effects section. Here, enable Scrolling Effects by toggling the switch to ON:

Toggle the scrolling effects option to on
Toggle the “Scrolling Effects” option to “On”

Then, scroll down the Motion Effects section to find the Sticky field. In the dropdown menu, select Top:

Now select the sticky option and select top
Select “Top” in the “Sticky” option dropdown

Now, click on UPDATE. Keep in mind that depending on your theme’s color scheme, your Elementor sticky header may look transparent:

The Elementor sticky header now functions properly
Sticky header is now functioning properly

If that’s the case, and you don’t like how it looks, you can always change your background color. In your Edit Section panel, go to Style > Background and select Classic as your background type.

Now, select a new background color for your header template. You’ll want to choose a shade that is complementary to the rest of the page but also creates a nice contrast:

Edit sticky header colors
Edit the sticky header if applicable

Since this is just an example, we’re simply choosing a gray color to make our header less transparent.

Now, click on UPDATE to save your changes. Go ahead and preview your final result:

View any changes made
View any changes made

That’s it! You’ll likely want to tweak the style and colors according to your brand. Just make sure to always save your changes when finished.

How To Use CSS to Enhance Your Elementor Sticky Header

When you implement an Elementor sticky header on your website, it can feel like a significant facelift for your site design. However, you may be interested in further customizations or more dynamic features.

Now that you know how to create a basic sticky header, let’s see how to take your design to the next level. You can do this by using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) code in WordPress.

If you’re a beginner or don’t have experience coding, don’t worry. Enhancing your designs is a breeze with Elementor.

To do this, go to Templates > Theme Builder > Header:

Add Custom CSS to make header changes
Add Custom CSS to make header changes

Under Edit Section > Advanced > Custom CSS, you can add a small CSS snippet to make stylistic changes.

Types of Elementor Sticky Headers

Here are a few popular enhancements you may want to consider for your Elementor sticky header!

Transparent Sticky Header

Some themes may automatically set sticky headers to transparent. However, if you want to do this using CSS, you can utilize a code snippet such as this one:

selector.elementor-sticky--effects{ background-color: rgba(133,130,255,0.5) !important }

selector{ transition: background-color 4s ease !important; }

selector.elementor-sticky--effects >.elementor-container{ min-height: 80px; }

selector > .elementor-container{ transition: min-height 1s ease !important; }

Simply copy and paste this code into the Custom CSS field and adjust the fields to your preferences. This snippet alters your header’s background color, transparency, and height, with an animation effect:

CSS for header background customization
CSS for header background customization

The possibilities for this type alone are endless.

Shrinking Sticky Header

Another popular choice is a header that gets bigger and smaller as visitors scroll. Here is the code you’ll need for this type of Elementor sticky header:

header.sticky-header {
    --header-height: 90px;
    --opacity: 0.90;
    --shrink-me: 0.80;
    --sticky-background-color: #0e41e5;
    --transition: .3s ease-in-out;

    transition: background-color var(--transition),
                background-image var(--transition),
                backdrop-filter var(--transition),
                opacity var(--transition);
}
header.sticky-header.elementor-sticky--effects {
    background-color: var(--sticky-background-color) !important;
    background-image: none !important;
    opacity: var(--opacity) !important;
    -webkit-backdrop-filter: blur(10px);
    backdrop-filter: blur(10px);
}
header.sticky-header > .elementor-container {
    transition: min-height var(--transition);
}
header.sticky-header.elementor-sticky--effects > .elementor-container {
    min-height: calc(var(--header-height) * var(--shrink-me))!important;
    height: calc(var(--header-height) * var(--shrink-me));
}
header.sticky-header .elementor-nav-menu .elementor-item {
    transition: padding var(--transition);
}
header.sticky-header.elementor-sticky--effects .elementor-nav-menu .elementor-item {
    padding-bottom: 10px !important;
    padding-top: 10px !important;
}
header.sticky-header > .elementor-container .logo img {
    transition: max-width var(--transition);
}
header.sticky-header.elementor-sticky--effects .logo img {
    max-width: calc(100% * var(--shrink-me));
}

If you’re not comfortable with such an extensive code chunk, you may want to consult Elementor’s guide to making a shrinking sticky header.

With this design, you’ll end up with this effect:

New header effect
New header effect

Though this header has a subtle touch, its sophistication may give your design a more professional feel.

Fade-In / Fade-Out

In addition to these trendy options, there’s also the fade-in / fade-out feature (also referred to as ‘reveal’). It looks something like this:

Fade in fade out feature
Fade in fade out

For this effect, you won’t need to touch any code at all. Simply navigate to your header in your theme builder. Then go to Edit Section > Advanced > Motion Effects > Scrolling Effects:

Edit the transparency option
Edit the “Transparency” option

Here, click on the pencil icon next to the Transparency field and change the Direction to Fade In or Fade Out. Then, adjust your design to your preferences.

There are many options for these transparency effects, so we recommend checking out Elementor’s documentation. That way, you’ll be able to achieve the exact look you want.

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Summary

Working with a trusted website builder is an excellent alternative to paying a veteran web developer to create your site. When using some of the best website design software, you can easily make the essential elements for any website. These include practical but beautiful sticky headers.

A sticky header can create a more pleasant experience for your users. You can choose from various dynamic header styles, including transparent and shrinking. Even better, you can make these stunning header designs with both Elementor Pro and its free version.

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