Using Divi and its new draggable sizing options do not only help you create highly responsive websites, but they can also really help create unique interactions. By playing around with these options, you can customize any website you’re creating and customize your page structures to meet current design trends.
In this tutorial, specifically, we’re going to show you how to create hover sections with Divi. We’ll create a new page and allow all the section titles to show, but each section will only open on hover (desktop) or on click (mobile). As soon as you open another section, the one you opened previously will automatically close. We’ll start off by explaining the general approach and continue by recreating the example you can see below from scratch. We hope this tutorial encourages you to create your own hover section designs as well!
Let’s get to it!
Before we dive into the tutorial, let’s take a quick look at the outcome across different screen sizes.
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Before we dive into the actual tutorial, we’ll go over the technique that is used to create hover sections. You can apply this technique to any kind of website you’re building, with any kind of design style.
1. Add the first section to your page
Let’s assume you’re starting a new design on a brand new page. The first thing you’ll need to do is add a new regular section to it.
2. Add a new row that includes a section title
Then, you can continue by adding a new row with a Text Module that includes your section title. You can also add a divider module and something that indicates that the row expands on hover or touch (see example in the preview of this post). It’s important to keep the section title separate from the rest of the section content so make sure you leave enough whitespace between the section title and whatever comes next.
3. Fine-tune the rest of the section content (add as many rows and modules as wanted)
The design elements that follow the section titles are entirely up to you. You can make the section as long or as short as you want and make use of any kind of design style.
4. Modify the default and hover max height of the section
Once you’re done fine-tuning the section and all of the design elements in it, it’s time to create the hover effect. The default height of your section is meant to fit the section title only. On hover, the section will take back its initial size.
5. Hide the Vertical Overflow
Another important part of this technique is hiding the vertical overflow. Once you’ve set a default max height to your section that is smaller than the initial height of the section, an overflow will be created. To make sure the overflow doesn’t show, you’ll have to make sure it’s hidden in the visibility settings of the section.
5. Repeat steps for all sections on the page
Repeat the same steps for all sections on your page to create an obvious user experience that your visitors will appreciate.
Let’s Start Recreating!
Add New Section
Default Background Color
Now that we’ve gone through the approach of this post, it’s time to start putting things into action! Add a first regular section to a brand new page on your WordPress website and open the section settings. Change the default background color of your section into a color of your choice.
- Background Color: #000000
Hover Background Color
Change this background color on hover.
- Background Color: #ffffff
Add Row #1
Continue by adding the first row to your section using the following column structure:
Add Text Module
Add H2 Content
Add a Text Module to your new row next. Add some H2 copy with along with the ‘▼’ symbol that indicates something will come next.
H2 Text Settings
Move on to the design tab of the module and change the H2 text settings.
- Heading 2 Font: Trebuchet
- Heading 2 Font Weight: Ultra Bold
- Heading 2 Text Alignment: Left
- Heading 2 Text Color: #ff0f3b
- Heading 2 Text Size: 100px (Desktop), 80px (Tablet), 60px (Phone)
- Heading 2 Letter Spacing: -5px
Add Divider Module
The second and last module we need in this row is a Divider Module. Make sure you enable the ‘Show Divider’ option in the visibility settings.
- Show Divider: Yes
Then, move on to the design tab and change the divider color.
- Color: #ff0f3b
Modify the sizing settings of the module as well.
- Divider Weight: 2px
- Width: 14%
Add Row #2
On to the next row! This is where you’ll need to place all the content you want to show up after hovering (desktop) or clicking (tablet and mobile). We’re using the following column structure, but note that you can add as many rows and modules as you want and style them to your needs:
Add Text Module to Column 1
Place a Text Module in the first column with some content of your choice.
Go to the design tab of the Text Module and change the text orientation.
- Text Orientation: Justify
Add Text Module to Column 2
Add a Text Module to the second column as well with some content of your choice.
Again, change the text orientation in the text settings of the module.
- Text Orientation: Justify
Add Sizing Settings to Section
Once you have completed your section, it’s time to make the hover effect happen. Open the section settings and change the max height across different screen sizes:
- Max Height: 300px (Desktop), 280px (Tablet), 260px (Phone)
Enable the hover option on the max height as well and add a value that is high enough to cover all the elements across different screen sizes. This value makes sure all your elements show up without exceeding the initial size of the section container.
- Max Height: 5000px
Then, go to the advanced tab of the section and change the vertical overflow. This will hide all the content that exceeds the section container.
- Vertical Overflow: Hidden
To create a smooth transition, we’re also changing the transitions settings in the advanced tab.
- Transition Duration: 800ms
- Transition Delay: 500ms
Clone Entire Section as Many Times as Wanted
Once you’re done creating the first hover section, you can clone it up to as many times as you want.
Change Section Titles
Of course, you’ll want to change the section titles of the duplicates.
Change H2 Text Colors
To create some variation in design, we’ll also change the text colors of the modules highlighted in the print screen below.
- Heading 2 Text Color: #c4c4c4
Change Divider Colors
Along with the divider colors that accompany the Text Modules.
- Color: #c4c4c4
Now that we’ve gone through all the steps, let’s take a final look at the outcome across different screen sizes.
In this post, we’ve shown you how to creatively use Divi’s new draggable sizing options to create unique interactions, using hover sections, on any website you’re creating. We’ve started off by explaining the approach and continued by recreating the design example from scratch. You were also able to download the JSON file for free! If you have any questions or suggestions, make sure you leave a comment in the comment section below.
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