Welcome to the second in a Premium series which looks at responsive navigation patterns. This article will walk you through four patterns where navigation moves to the footer, conserving space at the top of the page. It's time to stop copying and pasting - check out today's Premium tutorial and start understanding!
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With the three header patterns in the previous tutorial our main concern was space, specifically vertical space and how not to use too much of it. You want visitors to see your content as soon as possible and they can't do that if the navigation is taking up the entire screen. One way we can solve this problem is to move the navigation to the footer.
That opens up another set of challenges. While visitors will more easily get to the content, they'll now have to scroll to the bottom of the page to discover the navigation.
The patterns we'll develop in this article are:
- Footer only — keeps the menu in the footer at all times.
- Footer only variation — keeps the menu in the footer on small screens, but moves it to the header once space allows.
- Footer anchor — keeps the menu in the footer on small screens, but provides a link (button) to it at the top of the page.
- Footer fixed — keeps the menu in the footer on small screens and introduces fixed positioning so it remains visible.
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