Sticky/Fixed Header and Navigation for Debut Theme

SeanP
Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
2 0 47

Caution

This is an advanced tutorial and is not supported by Shopify. It is specific to an unedited version of the Debut theme, released 7th of March. We cannot guarantee results for themes that have been modified with custom coding and/or apps.

We suggest hiring a Shopify Expert if you are not comfortable proceeding with the following tutorial, or wish to make any variations to this tutorial. We would also advise making a backup of your theme.

Having a sticky header means that the navigation, logo, and icons will follow the user while they scroll down the page. This is really useful if you want to ensure that your customers will have easy access to your navigation at all times! Let’s take a look at how to implement this for the Debut theme.

Note

We recommend having your header set as Logo Alignment: Left. This is the default setting for the Debut Theme but it can be changed. To do this, you would need to open the Theme Editor.
On the left-hand side, click on the Header section and, from here, you will be able to change the alignment.

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This is an important step, as the header will be shown on every portion of the page as you scroll. Setting the logo alignment to left will ensure the header takes up less space on the screen. We also can't ensure that the customization will work if this setting is not activated.

If you have an Announcement bar, and would like for it to not move with the rest of the header, please refer to option 2 of this guide.

 

OPTION 1 - STICKY HEADER

This will make the whole header sticky, including the announcement bar.


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  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
  2. Locate your Debut theme and then click Actions > Edit code.
  3. In the Assets folder, open your theme.scss.liquid file.

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  4. Go to the very bottom of this file and paste the following code:

    #SearchDrawer {
      z-index:1001;
    }
    
    #shopify-section-header {
      position: fixed;
      z-index:1000;
      left:0;
      right:0;
      -webkit-box-shadow:0px 2px 4px 0px rgba(0,0,0,.1);
      -moz-box-shadow:0px 2px 4px 0px rgba(0,0,0,.1);
      -ms-box-shadow:0px 2px 4px 0px rgba(0,0,0,.1);
      -o-box-shadow:0px 2px 4px 0px rgba(0,0,0,.1);
      box-shadow:0px 2px 4px 0px rgba(0,0,0,.1);
      background-color: {{ settings.color_body_bg }};
    }
    
    #PageContainer {
      padding-top: 80px;
    }
    
    @media screen and (max-width: 749px) {
    #PageContainer {
      padding-top: 70px;
    }
    }
    
  5. In the same Assets folder, click to open your theme.js file.
  6. Go to the very bottom of this file and paste the following code:

    function headerSize() {
      var $headerHeight = $('div#shopify-section-header').outerHeight();
      $('#PageContainer').css('padding-top', $headerHeight);
    }
    
    $(window).on("load", headerSize);
    $(window).on("resize", $.debounce(500, headerSize));
    
  7. Ensure that the code was copied exactly from this guide and pasted correctly, making sure no characters or symbols are missing.
  8. Save the file by using the button on the top right-hand side.
  9. Refresh your online store page and verify that the sticky header is working correctly!

And that's it! If you would prefer for the announcement bar to not scroll with the user, then you would need to follow the steps below.

 

OPTION 2 - STICKY HEADER WITHOUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT BAR

Note

In this section of the guide, we are assuming that you did not use the code above. If you have used it previously to make the whole header sticky, then you would need to revert your changes to make sure that you are working on an untouched theme.

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
  2. Locate your Debut theme and then click Actions > Edit code.
  3. In the folder, open your theme.scss.liquid file.

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  4. Go to the very bottom of this file and paste the following code:

    #SearchDrawer {
      z-index:1001;
    }
    
    .site-header {
      position: fixed;
      z-index:1000;
      left:0;
      right:0;
      -webkit-box-shadow:0px 2px 4px 0px rgba(0,0,0,.1);
      -moz-box-shadow:0px 2px 4px 0px rgba(0,0,0,.1);
      -ms-box-shadow:0px 2px 4px 0px rgba(0,0,0,.1);
      -o-box-shadow:0px 2px 4px 0px rgba(0,0,0,.1);
      box-shadow:0px 2px 4px 0px rgba(0,0,0,.1);
    }
    
    #PageContainer {
      padding-top: 80px;
    }
    
    @media screen and (max-width: 749px) {
    #PageContainer {
      padding-top: 70px;
    }
    }
    
  5. In the same Assets folder, click to open your theme.js file.
  6. Go to the very bottom of this file and paste the following code:

    function headerSize() {
      var $headerHeight = $('div#shopify-section-header').outerHeight();
      $('#PageContainer').css('padding-top', $headerHeight);
    }
    
    $(window).on("load", headerSize);
    $(window).on("resize", $.debounce(500, headerSize));
    
    $(window).scroll(function() {
      scroll = $(window).scrollTop();
      if (scroll >= 1) {
        $('.site-header').css('top', '0');
      } else {
        $('.site-header').css('top', 'initial');
      }
    });
    
  7. Ensure that the code was copied exactly from this guide and pasted correctly, making sure no characters or symbols are missing.
  8. Save the file by using the button on the top right-hand side.
  9. Refresh your online store page and verify that the sticky header is working correctly!

To learn more visit the Shopify Help Center or the Community Blog.

Replies 159 (159)
ZeynepLir
Visitor
2 0 0

Thank you so much for your quick reply. Unfortunately, it did not work. Is there any other way? 

GiraffeSports
Tourist
3 0 2

This tutorial is not working on the latest version of the Debut theme...

leatheraholicx
Tourist
10 0 4

Hi @SeanP ,

I'm using debut theme but I don't have theme.scss.liquid file In the Assets folder.  Should I put relevant code in theme.css instead?  Thanks.

Screenshot 2021-07-07 at 10.29.14 PM.jpg

 

Thanks

Leatheraholicx

eddyxv
Tourist
4 0 2

Please update the code to the latest version of the Theme. This is needed for easy navigation on a website. I can't understand why something so basic hasn't been implemented yet in the system. Even though the theme is "free", the plans for the services are expensive and the least we should have are the basic tools to make it look good for the client.

Example:

- An option to enable or disable a fixed navigation bar

- Be able to move the images when it's placed in a smaller frame

 

Thank you.

CptJack93
Excursionist
13 0 8

Hi Sean,

Thank you for the instruction. I just have a small issue where the Menu and Header bar are covering the small top part of my photo banner. Look like the photo banner is not align with the bottom of the Menu bar. It would be really helpful if you can show me how to fix it.

Thanks

Mike5241
Excursionist
31 0 5

Hi everyone,

Could someone please help me understand the following? I used the suggested code (thank you SeanP!!)  and the collection page in my Dell laptop was not showing the collection title, looking like this:

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Part of the code provided is this:

#PageContainer {
padding-top: 80px;
}
@media screen and (max-width: 749px) {
#PageContainer {
padding-top: 70px;
}
}

I was under the impression that the first part is for desktop/laptop and the second part for mobiles but the only way I managed to fix the problem was by changing the media screen section from 70px to 90px and now the web page in my laptop computer looks like this:

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So I'm confused about the code above, I'll be greatful if someone can explain why I need to change the media section above to fix the issue in my laptop's screen.

One more question, the product pages show a capital F at the top left corner like this:

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Most probably I typed an extra F somewhere in the code, which of the liquid or css files should I look at?

Thank you very much in advance.

MP

 

 

Mike5241
Excursionist
31 0 5

Hi everyone,

This liquid code is really doing crazy things. I added the following section at the end of theme.css to change the color of the collection header:

/*===== change color of collection and page titles ====*/
.template-collection header.collection-header h1 {
color: #18B2B9;
}
.template-page .section-header h1 {
color: #18B2B9;

And this extra code somehow created again the issue I mentioned above about the collection title not showing in my laptop so I removed the code above but for some reason the problem about the collection title not showing is still there, it doesn't make sense, right? I mean, everything was working, I added the code above which broke something, I removed the code, saved and the problem is still there, I cleared the cache and cookies and the page behaves as if I left the code, could someone please explain what's going on with this liquid code? What I'm describing doesn't make any sense but trust me, it's happening. Please make my day.

Thanks a lot!

Thank you 

oscprofessional
Shopify Partner
15639 2342 3022

Hi @Mike5241 
Kindly share your store URL so that i can a have look at the problem you are facing

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Mike5241
Excursionist
31 0 5

Hi OSC Professional,

Thanks for replying, the URL is the following:

https://ecokidsland.myshopify.com/collections/moles

The collection title looks ok in my iPhone, the issue is only on my laptop.

As I said, everything was ok this morning, I just added the code to change the color of the collection title, the title was not showing again, I removed the code to change the color and the problem remained, this is crazy! Is there a logical explanation to this?

Regardless of this illogical thing, the following might give you a clue, if I resize the browser to a narrow window the collection title appears and the quick links section is small, but as I enlarge the browser all of a sudden the complete quick links section shows and seems to push the collection page upwards which causes the collection title to not show because it's behing the page header, does that help to explain something?

Thank you in advance!

oscprofessional
Shopify Partner
15639 2342 3022

I have gone through your store.
You can try this code

 

#shopify-section-header {
    top: 0;
}
@media screen and(min-width: 991px){
.template-collection .page-container {
    margin-top: 10%;
}
}

 

 

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Mike5241
Excursionist
31 0 5

Hi OCS Professional,

Thanks a lot for your reply, you're a genius! I think you edited your initial message? Because I tried the code you first provided me with:

#shopify-section-header {

    top: 0;

}

.template-collection .page-container {

    margin-top: 6%;

}

and this one solved the issue about the collection page title, the issue still remained in the product page because I didn't see the top of the page and there was also the problem with the other pages such as the Contact Us page so I added this code:

.template-product .page-container {
margin-top: 6%;
}

.template-page .page-container {
margin-top: 6%;
}

and everything seems to be working now!

Thank you very much! You made my day!

oscprofessional
Shopify Partner
15639 2342 3022

Hello @Mike5241 
You can mark it as an accepted solution

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Mike5241
Excursionist
31 0 5

Hi OSC Professional,

Sure, no problem.

Would it make sense to change back your proposed solution to the one you first posted which solved my problem?:

#shopify-section-header {

    top: 0;

}

.template-collection .page-container {

    margin-top: 6%;

}

I'll be happy to mark it as accepted solution but I don't see this as an option when clicking on the Options button nor in the button with 3 dots, how can I do it?

Regards,

MP

Mike5241
Excursionist
31 0 5

Hi OSCProfessional,

Please let me know how to mark it as accepted solution.

Thank you,

MP

knk1
Visitor
1 0 1

I was able to fix the header. Thank you very much.

Is it possible to make the shadow appear when I scroll the page a little?
I would like the shadow and line under the header to not appear when the page is first displayed, but to appear when the page is scrolled.

Vertere
Visitor
1 0 1

I'm facing a problem with the position of the header when I scroll down. It appears a space on the top before the header, propably because of my language translator app. How can I solve it?  I used the first option.

https://tz8wxr76pxhcsmwl-25214786.shopifypreview.com

LMvG
Visitor
1 0 1

Hi there,
I really like this solution. It was easy to implement but I seem to have the same issue as many others indicated with the header sliding under the navigation bar. Taking up a portion of my website and it does not return to normal. Part of my site is behind my header and I am unable to scroll up to the missing portion. It's also covering parts of my collection names, so it doesn't look great. Is there a solution for this?
Thanks for helping me out!

CJTCoops
Tourist
19 0 2

I'm having issues with the search, cart, account icons moving to the far right of the screen. Did you have this issue in Debut theme?

GG9
Explorer
56 1 10

Sorry for the late reply! I purchased a header through Ezfy which worked great. But I already switched to a new 2.0 theme, so it's not required anymore. I'd recommend switching to a 2.0 theme anyway.

VictoriaCT
Visitor
2 0 1

Hi I know this is an old thread but I have used the code on debut theme it works great but I would like to change the colour of the header? Can anyone please help thank you so much 🙂