How to Create a Mobile Collapsing Nested Menu with Divi’s Theme Builder

Posted on December 11, 2019 by in Divi Resources | 25 comments

How to Create a Mobile Collapsing Nested Menu with Divi’s Theme Builder

A while back, we shared a mobile menu hack that helps you create a collapsing nested menu. We know many of you have used it, but with the new Divi Theme Builder, the approach becomes slightly different. In today’s tutorial, we’ll show you how to apply a mobile collapsing effect to the Menu Module inside the Divi Theme Builder. There are three main parts to this tutorial:

  • Setting up your menu and assigning the correct classes to your menu items
  • Building your menu using the Theme Builder and Menu Module
  • Adding the custom code inside the Theme Builder

You’ll be able to download the template JSON file for free as well! Let’s get to it.

Preview

Before we dive into the tutorial, let’s take a quick look at the outcome across different screen sizes.

Mobile

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Desktop

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1. Set up Your Menu

Add Menu Items & Sub Menu Items

The first thing you need to do is create your menu. Add the sub items of your choice.

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Add CSS Class Option

Once you’ve added the menu items, you can enable the CSS classes option by clicking on ‘Screen Options’ and enabling ‘CSS Classes’.

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Add CSS Class to First-Level Menu Items Containing Sub Menu Items

Continue by adding a CSS class to the first level menu items that contain sub menu items. In this example, that means adding the CSS class to the ‘Service’ and ‘Portfolio’ menu items.

  • CSS Classes: first-level

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Add CSS Class to Second-Level Menu Items & Save Menu

Then, assign a different CSS class to the second-level menu items in your menu. Make sure you add this CSS class to the second-level menu items only (in case you’re adding more levels). Later on this tutorial, we’ll use this CSS class and the one we’ve assigned to the first level menu items to create the collapsing nested menu.

  • CSS Classes: second-level

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2. Go to Divi Theme Builder & Start Building Global Header

Go to Divi Theme Builder

The next part of this tutorial focuses on creating the header design. If you want to make the nested technique apply to a header that you’ve already built (using the Menu Module), you can skip this step and go to the tutorial’s last part. If you want to recreate the design, keep following the steps. Go to the Divi Theme Builder.

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Start Building Global Header

Start building your global header next.

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Section Settings

Spacing

Inside the template editor, you’ll notice a section. Open that section and remove all default top and bottom padding.

  • Top Padding: 0px
  • Bottom Padding: 0px

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Z Index

Increase the section’s z index as well.

  • Z Index: 99999

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Add New Row

Column Structure

Continue by adding a new row to the section using the following column structure:

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Sizing

Without adding any modules yet, open the row settings and allow the row to take up the screen’s entire width.

  • Use Custom Gutter Width: Yes
  • Gutter Width: 1
  • Equalize Column Heights: Yes
  • Width: 100%
  • Max Width: 100%

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Spacing

Remove all default top and bottom padding next.

  • Top Padding: 0px
  • Bottom Padding: 0px

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Main Element

Make sure all modules appear next to each other on smaller screen sizes by adding one single line of CSS code to the row’s main element too.

display: flex;

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Column 1

Spacing

Then, open the column 1 settings and add some custom top and bottom padding.

  • Top Padding: 20px
  • Bottom Padding: 20px

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Border

Add some border radius too.

  • Top Right: 100px
  • Bottom Right: 100px

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Box Shadow

And complete the column 1 settings by adding a subtle box shadow.

  • Box Shadow Horizontal Position: 20px
  • Box Shadow Blur Strength: 50px
  • Shadow Color: rgba(0,0,0,0.15)

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Column 2

Spacing

Open the second column’s settings next and add some top and bottom padding.

  • Top Padding: 20px
  • Bottom Padding: 20px

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Column 3

Gradient Background

On to the next and last column. Add a gradient background.

  • Color 1: #26c699
  • Color 2: #abe02f
  • Gradient Direction: 116deg

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Spacing

Add some custom top and bottom padding next.

  • Top Padding: 20px
  • Bottom Padding: 20px

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Border

Then, go to the border settings and make the following changes:

  • Top Left: 100px
  • Bottom Left: 100px

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Box Shadow

Complete the column settings by adding a box shadow.

  • Box Shadow Horizontal Position: -26px
  • Box Shadow Vertical Position: 0px
  • Shadow Color: #d2ff0c

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Add Image Module to Column 1

Upload Logo

Time to add modules, starting with an Image Module in column 1. Upload your logo.

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Alignment

Change the module’s image alignment next.

  • Image Alignment: Center

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Sizing

Complete the module’s settings by changing the width across different screen sizes.

  • Width: 120px (Desktop), 80px (Tablet & Phone)

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Add Menu Module to Column 2

Select Menu

In column 2, the only module we need is a Menu Module. Select the menu you’ve created in the first part of this tutorial.

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Remove Background Color

Remove the module’s background color next.

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Layout

Then, change the layout settings.

  • Style: Centered
  • Dropdown Menu Direction: Downwards

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Menu Text

Style the menu text as well.

  • Menu Font: Montserrat
  • Menu Font Weight: Medium
  • Menu Text Color: #000000
  • Menu Text Size: 13px
  • Menu Letter Spacing: 1px

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Dropdown Menu

Continue by changing some colors in the dropdown menu settings.

  • Dropdown Menu Background Color: #ffffff
  • Dropdown Menu Line Color: #000000

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Icons

And complete the module’s settings by changing the hamburger menu icon color in the icons settings.

  • Hamburger Menu Icon Color: #000000

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Add Text Module to Column 3

Add Content

On to the next and last module, which is a Text Module in column 3. Add some copy of your choice.

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Add Link

Add a link to the module next.

  • Module Link URL: #

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Text Settings

Move on to the design tab and change the text settings accordingly:

  • Text Font: Montserrat
  • Text Font Weight: Semi Bold
  • Text Color: #ffffff
  • Text Size: 16px
  • Text Line Height: 1em
  • Text Alignment: Center

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Spacing

Complete the module’s settings by adding some topmargin.

  • Top Margin: 10px

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3. Add Functionality to Menu Using a Code Module

Add Code Module to Column 2

Once you’ve completed the design of your header, it’s time to add the custom code that’ll transform the mobile menu into a collapsing nested menu. Add a Code Module to the second column (or anywhere else).

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Insert CSS & JQuery Code

Then, add the CSS and JQuery code. Make sure you place the CSS code between style tags and the JQuery code between script tags.

.et_mobile_menu .first-level > a {
background-color: transparent;
position: relative;
}
.et_mobile_menu .first-level > a:after {
font-family: 'ETmodules';
content: '\4c';
font-weight: normal;
position: absolute;
font-size: 16px;
top: 13px;
right: 10px;
}
.et_mobile_menu .first-level > .icon-switch:after{
content: '\4d';
}
.second-level {
display: none;
}
.reveal-items {
display: block;
}
.et_mobile_menu {
margin-top: 20px;
width: 230%;
margin-left: -65%;
}
(function($) {
      
function setup_collapsible_submenus() {
    
var FirstLevel = $('.et_mobile_menu .first-level > a');
  
FirstLevel.off('click').click(function() {
$(this).attr('href', '#');  
$(this).parent().children().children().toggleClass('reveal-items');
$(this).toggleClass('icon-switch');
});
  

}
      
$(window).load(function() {
setTimeout(function() {
setup_collapsible_submenus();
}, 700);
});
 
})(jQuery);

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Preview

Now that we’ve gone through all the steps, let’s take a final look at the outcome across different screen sizes.

Mobile

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Desktop

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Final Thoughts

In this post, we showed you how to make a collapsing nested menu apply to your global header inside the Theme Builder. We started by creating the primary menu bar, continued by designing our header inside the Theme Builder using the Menu Module and completed the tutorial by adding the custom code that makes the effect work. We hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below!

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25 Comments

  1. awesome thanks!
    and when will this be a basic native menu feature in Divi???

      • I concur. It looks like an obvious one to have as default.

  2. I like. It’s nice and slick. I must study the styling added to get the menu placed nicely.

    • Looking in the styles added to the code module I see the font family ETModules. Looks like it can be used for info graphic like icons? Where can we find out more about this?

  3. Should be basic Divi feature, just pull the switch!

  4. Hey,
    We have a blog on our website we are trying to change the theme . The Tutorial about mobile collapsing is amazing thanks for sharing. I hope you Make a video tutorial to get better understand looking forward for your video tutorial too.

  5. Thank you very much Donjete, your method for creating a collapsing nested menu is really cool if you have a lot of submenus.

    Just one question: Is there a workaround to make your method work with megamenus too, as the CSS class “mega-menu” has already been added to the first-level menu? I have built megamenus on big sites (with the “Divi” method, no plugins) and it would be very helpful to turn those into collapsed nested menus on mobile displays. Greetings, Fabienne

  6. Hi,

    Does anyone have any information on where to download this Divi’s Theme Builder, please?

    Thanks!

  7. Hey Donjete Vuniqi,
    Great post. Thanks for sharing all these valuable information with us. I really enjoyed reading your tutorial on features of divi . It was written very well and step-by-step. All your hardwork is much appreciated. Keep up the goodwork.

  8. Nice, but I wonder why this is not standard behavior. Or at least a setting in the menu module.

  9. Nice wow very light and open fast..

    Thanks for sharing

    • Jon, your solution is exactly what I’m looking for. Unfortunately since the navigations are now built in the theme builder some classes and IDs how now changed from your original code – i.e. #main-header and #top-menu. Any solution for the theme builder, pretty please with a cherry on top ?🙏

  10. This is great, thank you!

    However, in this example Services and Portfolio are now only triggers for the expanded menu (unless I’m mistaken), you cannot link to the Services or Portfolio landing pages. It would be good if only the + triggered the expand and the text remained a link to the page.

    • There is an alternative solution for that which allows to keep the parent items clickable, just google it. I posted a link to that article but my comment did not pass moderation, apperantly links are not allowed here.

    • Take a look at my reply above. It works as expected. I’m not sure why Divi doesn’t fix this issue. Instead, they force us to hack their archaic menu with silly code.

  11. Yea this needs to have “first level” links clickable.

    Ivan & Jon: I’ve tried other methods, but the problem I’m running into is that the other code snippets that you add to the child theme files and divi options doesn’t seem to affect the menu module in the theme builder, just the native divi menu that doesn’t use the theme builder.

    Jon: have you confirmed your snippet will work on theme builder header using menu module?

  12. Easily the best web builder!
    Thanks Divi

  13. I have a different scenario; I have two menus in the header. 1 that show a CTA button and is hidden on mobile/tablet. The 2nd has a link to the same CTA results. and is hidden on desktop.
    Also I don’t want to create a new menu with the Free Header. I tried to apply the CSS and J Query to my header following the info for this post and it did not work.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

  14. Hello guys!
    how it would work in a menu with 3 items in the menu.

    I’ll try to explain.

    1 Menu: Service
    2 Sub-menu: Cleaning
    3 Sub-sub-menu: Clothes

    In other words, the menu would have 3 levels.

    First-level:
    Service

    Second-level
    Cleaning

    Third-level: Clothing

    What would have to change in CSS and Script?

    I would probably have to put

    Third-level in the clothing menu css too.

    Help me please, thanks

  15. Hello guys!
    how it would work in a menu with 3 items in the menu.

    I’ll try to explain.

    1 Menu: Service
    2 Sub-menu: Cleaning
    3 Sub-sub-menu: Clothes

    In other words, the menu would have 3 levels.

    First-level:
    Service

    Second-level
    Cleaning

    Third-level: Clothing

    What would have to change in CSS and Script?

    I would probably have to put

    Third-level in the clothing menu css too.

    Help me please, thanks

    • Try adding “first-level” class to “Service”, “second-level first-level” class to “Cleaning”, and “second-level” class to Clothing

  16. Can I use this approach to ONLY add collapsible sub-menus on the mobile menu, without having to make any changes to the regular (non-mobile) menu?

    I just put in a lot of time and custom code to get my main menu to display a mega menu the way I like. I’d hate to have to scrap all of that and create an entirely new menu! (Thanks for the code and the time!)

  17. Followed the steps and the mobile menu is still displaying all nested items. Appears the script code isn’t working properly Any suggestions?

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