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Styling navigation

Your site's navigation is a set of links that direct visitors to your site content. Navigation typically displays at the top of your site, although some templates support navigation in a footer or sidebar.

All templates include Style Editor options for changing the font, color, and size of your navigation's links, and many templates support additional options. This guide explains how to customize your navigation.


Before you begin

Find your Style Editor's navigation tweaks

Every template family has its own Style Editor, so there isn't one single rule for how to update your navigation links. Instead, use these tips to find the style options your template supports:

  • To open the Style Editor from the Home Menu, click Design, then Style Editor.
  • Scroll through the tweaks on the left and look for related tweaks. The tweaks usually include the word Navigation.
  • You can also hover over your site's navigation links in the site preview on the right. When blue highlighting boxes appear around them, click any navigation link. This helps filter out tweaks that don't affect the navigation links. When you're done, click Show All to go back to the main view.

Here’s an example of what this looks like in the Thorne template, which is part of the Brine family:


Change the font and size

To change the font of your navigation menus, click the v icon next to your tweak names to open its drop-down menu. You can see this in the image below (your tweak name may be different). 

From here, you can change:

  • Font names
  • Style
  • Size
  • Line height
  • The spacing between letters

For more help, visit Changing fonts

Change the color

To change the link colors, click a color tweak. Choose a new color by clicking a color at the top of the selector, then selecting a shade within the square. You can also enter a specific value in the text box. For more help, visit Changing colors.

Tip: In some templates, there are additional colors that can display when a visitor hovers over or clicks a link

Change the position

In some templates, you can change the position of the links. For example, you could move them from the center to the left.

In the Style Editor, look for tweaks called Navigation Position, Navigation Alignment, or something similar. To see what positions are available in your template, see the Navigation display by template table below.

Here's an example of how this might look in your Style Editor:

Tip: In the Brine family, look for the Header: Primary Navigation and Header: Secondary Navigation sections.

Change spacing between and around links

To change the space around navigation links, look for tweaks in the Style Editor that adjust your header, banner, or navigation. While the tweaks vary by template, link spacing tweaks typically include words like these:

  • Padding
  • Spacing
  • Width

Here's an example of how these options might look in the Style Editor:


Active and hover options

In some templates, there are additional options for navigation links depending on whether they've been clicked (their "state" or "phase"). While the tweaks vary by template, look for these words: 

  • Hover - The link changes when a visitor hovers over it.
  • Active - When a visitor visits a page in your navigation, its link changes style.
Tip: External navigation links won't show active styles, even if they link to a page on your site.

Mobile navigation

In most templates, navigation menus collapse behind a menu icon when viewed on a mobile device. This helps with usability and keeps your site mobile-friendly.

In many cases, mobile navigation inherits styles from the desktop site. This helps keep your branding consistent. Some templates have advanced mobile style options, which give you a finer degree of control. To see your site's mobile style options, see your template's Structure and style guide.

To explore which tweaks affect your mobile navigation, open your navigation in smartphone view before opening the Style Editor. This way you can see the changes as you make them.

  1. Switch the Device View to smartphone.
  2. Click the navigation link (usually a ☰) so your mobile navigation appears.
  3. From the Home Menu, click Design, then Style Editor. The mobile navigation will remain open.
Note: If you can’t see your navigation on mobile, ensure that you haven’t set your background or header color to the same color as your navigation text. While this may contrast normally when viewed on a desktop, they may move into the same space on mobile, hiding your text. 

Fixed navigation

Fixed or “sticky” navigation stays in the same position at the top of the browser while you scroll down the page. This is supported in some templates.

Navigation display by template

Here's how the Main Navigation displays in each template. Templates are grouped by family.

Note: Most mobile devices hide site navigation behind a menu icon or link. Larger mobile devices, such as tablets, may display the desktop styles. To learn more, visit Navigation menu icons.




Horizontal, top center


Horizontal, top left/center/right

Aviator family

Aubrey, Aviator

Vertical, top left (Business Card/Offset); or horizontal, top center (Poster)

Bedford family

Anya, Bedford, Bryant, Hayden

Horizontal, top right

Brine family

Aria, Basil, Blend, Brine, Burke, Cacao, Clay, Ethan, Fairfield, Feed, Foster, Greenwich, Hatch, Heights, Hunter, Hyde, Impact, Jaunt, Juke, Keene, Kin, Maple, Margot, Marta, Mentor, Mercer, Miller, Mojave, Moksha, Motto, Nueva, Pedro, Polaris, Pursuit, Rally, Rover, Royce, Sofia, Sonny, Sonora, Stella, Thorne, Vow, Wav, West

Horizontal, top left/center/right, can be hidden

Farro family

Farro, Hautet

Horizontal, top left/center/right, can be hidden 


Vertical, in sidebar (Top Navigation Position: None); or horizontal top left/center/right (Above Banner, Below Banner)


Horizontal, top left


Horizontal, top right


Horizontal, top center


Horizontal, top left/center/right


Horizontal, in the footer

Montauk family

Julia, Kent, Montauk, Om

Horizontal, top left/center/right


Horizontal, top center

Pacific family

Charlotte, Fulton, Horizon, Naomi, Pacific

Horizontal, top center, can be split around site title.

Skye family

Foundry, Indigo, Ready, Tudor, Skye

Vertical, within an overlay


Vertical, left sidebar

Tremont family

Camino, Carson, Henson, Tremont

Horizontal, top left/right


Vertical, left sidebar


Horizontal, top left/center/right

York family

Artesia, Flores, Harris, Jasper, Jones, Lange, Shibori, York

Horizontal, top left/center/right, can be hidden


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