Support » Theme: Colinear » Menu items colour and width

  • Resolved Nessan Cleary

    (@nessan-cleary)


    Hi,
    I need some help with the menu in Coraline on my site at nessancleary.co.uk. There’s too much space between the menu items across the header so I’d like to shorten the width of the background for each menu item to move them closer together so that I can add an extra item.
    I’d also like to change the colours of the text and the background when the menu item is highlighted, ideally from white on black to black on light grey.
    I’m sure that both of these things can be done easily with a simple bit of code, but I’m not a coder so I’m really hoping that someone can tell me how to do this.
    Thanks,
    Nessan

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  • Jarret

    (@jarretc)

    Hi Nessan, I think this is close to what you’re looking for. Just add into Appearance->Customize->Additional CSS

    .main-navigation #primary-menu li a {
    
        padding-left: 10px;
        padding-right: 10px;
    }
    
    .main-navigation #primary-menu li.current-menu-item a {
        background-color: #CCC;
        color: black;
    }

    You can adjust the 10px values to control the “width” of the menu items. Then of course you can modify #CCC into any hex value that you like:

    https://htmlcolorcodes.com/color-picker/

    Nessan Cleary

    (@nessan-cleary)

    Hi Jarret,
    Thanks – that’s a really good start. Your code for changing the widths of the menu titles works well, and I can see how I can play with the values to make any further changes. Is there any way to change the width of the sub-menus so that they match the same width as the menu titles, which I think would look a bit neater?

    As for the menu colour, I realise now that this is more complicated than I had expected. Your code changes the colour of the menu, but only when its clicked on, and not for the mouse over stage.
    What I’m really trying to do here is improve the way the menu handles the search icon. I’m using Ivory Search, which has given me a black search icon, but on smaller screens the menu changes to a box and the search icon becomes a black icon against a black background, which no one can see. My assumption is that the easiest way to deal with this is to change the background colour of the menu to grey so that all the text and the search icon will stand out but that’s only going to work if it includes all stages of the menu, with the mouse over and small mobile box menu.
    Is there a way to do this, or is it easier to change the behaviour of the search icon to match the rest of the text on the menu?

    Thanks for your help so far,
    Nessan

    martingolan

    (@martingolan)

    I thought Coraline was a “retired” theme. I used it for my site (http://martingolan.com/blog/), I love it, but I can no longer set up a child theme and was told it was risky to keep using it. My understanding is that if you still use Coraline you are in danger of your site being irreparably broken in a future WP update.
    Don’t mean to hijack this discussion, but was surprised to see someone using Coraline. I’ve been wanting to switch to another and would love to not have to.

    • This reply was modified 2 months ago by martingolan. Reason: fixed typo in irreparably
    Jarret

    (@jarretc)

    Hi, you could try this for the sub-menus

    .main-navigation #primary-menu ul.sub-menu li a {
        width: 200px;
    }

    Though it could possibly run into some issues with some of the widths dependent upon the width of the parent menu item, though these would most likely be very specific edge cases.

    For the search, when looking at your site on my iPhone 7 the search icon actually isn’t even inside of the menu. It is displayed at the very top right of the screen:

    https://snipboard.io/L63vhU.jpg

    Looking at the code, the search icon is an SVG as an image so we can’t change the color of the icon itself. We would have to apply either a different background just to the menu for the search icon itself or across the entire menu. It just depends on if you’d want the consistency across the entire menu.

    But until we can figure out the placement issue of the icon itself as shown in my image I think the colors aren’t as important. What device/screen resolution are you using where you see the search within the menu on mobile?

    Jarret

    (@jarretc)

    @martingolan this support forum is for Colinear, not the Coraline theme which is here:

    https://wordpress.org/themes/coraline/

    That said, both themes haven’t seen updates in over 2 years. Does it mean if you keep using it your site will break one day? Possibly, is it likely? Typically not.

    Vinod Dalvi

    (@vinod-dalvi)

    You can change the search icon color to white for mobile devices by adding the below CSS code in the Custom CSS option of Ivory Search plugin settings on the path Ivory Search -> Settings -> Settings

    @media screen and (max-width: 864px){
    .is-menu path.search-icon-path {
        fill: #FFF;
    }
    }
    KokkieH

    (@kokkieh)

    For the search, when looking at your site on my iPhone 7 the search icon actually isn’t even inside of the menu. It is displayed at the very top right of the screen

    The icon is nested inside a li tag that is part of the list that forms the menu – it’s nested inside the ul element with the .primary-menu class. And using responsive mode in my browser I see it in the menu when I click the hamburger button to expand it. But in Chrome on an Android phone I also see it positioned outside the menu like in @jarretc’s screen shot, so it could be that your Ivory Search plugin doesn’t play nice with this theme. You might want to contact support for the plugin directly to ask about that.

    You can change the search icon color to white for mobile devices by adding the below CSS code in the Custom CSS option of Ivory Search plugin settings on the path Ivory Search -> Settings -> Settings

    This should work if you add it to Additional CSS in the Customizer directly as well.

    Nessan Cleary

    (@nessan-cleary)

    Hi,
    Thanks for all your help. Just to explain, the search icon didn’t appear in the mobile menu when I first tested it and first posted here. It has subsequently appeared above the mobile menu as Jarret described, so I’m assuming that’s a combination of a cacheing issue and my inexperience.
    However, that doesn’t help if you use a very narrow window on a bigger device – I travel with an 11ins Mac so frequently work with very narrow windows.
    The CSS code that Vinod Dalvi suggested worked perfectly, once I remembered to untick the Mobile icon from the Ivory search settings. So I’m going to stick with that and leave the colour of the menus alone.
    I also want to say thanks to Jarret for the help with the width of the menu items – that’s been really useful.
    And just to clarify martingolan’s point, I started with Coraline and then updated a couple of years ago to Colinear, which I believe was designed as a replacement to Coraline. I know that Colinear hasn’t been updated for a while, and I hope that Automattic will get around to it at some point, but so far it seems to be working for me. From time to time I look to see if there’s anything newer but I can’t find anything that I like better.
    Cheers everyone,
    Nessan

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