Feb 2024

The art of WordPress website hover styles

The art of WordPress website hover styles

In the ever-evolving world of web design, even the smallest details can make a significant impact on user experience. One such detail, often overlooked but critical, is the hover effect. Hover styles provide visual feedback when a user places their cursor over an element on a webpage, signalling the element's interactivity. This article delves into the importance of hover styles, how to implement them effectively, and the considerations for optimising user interactions.

Why hover styles matter

The concept behind hover styles is straightforward - to give users a hint that a particular element is interactive i.e. it does something. But their importance runs much deeper:

  1. User Feedback: Hover effects act as immediate feedback for users to understand that an element is clickable or interactive.
  2. Visual Aesthetics: Well-designed hover styles can make a website appear more polished and professional.
  3. Intuitiveness: A website becomes more user-friendly when visitors don’t have to guess which elements are interactive.
  4. Creativity: hover states allow for an extra layer of colour, animation and ultimately creativity.

Types of hover effects

Colour Change

One of the simplest ways to indicate an interactive element is by changing its colour when hovered over. This is especially common for textual links within paragraphs or navigation menus.

Code example:

a:hover {background-color: yellow;}

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Underline or border effects

Underlines and border effects can also indicate that an element is interactive. These are commonly used for buttons and call-to-action (CTA) elements.

Code example:

a:hover {text-decoration: underline;}

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For a more dynamic user experience, you can use subtle animations like fade-ins or slide-ins. However, remember to keep animations short and sweet to not distract the user.

Code example:

.element:hover {transition: all 0.3s ease;  transform: scale(1.1);}

Best practices

Keep it consistent

Maintain a consistent hover style throughout your website. Consistency improves user experience by making interactions predictable.

Consider all devices

Hover styles are predominantly a mouse-centric feature. Don't forget to optimise your interface for touch devices where hover doesn’t apply in the same way.

Test for accessibility

Ensure that your hover effects are easily discernible by all users, including those with vision impairments.





Final thoughts

The implementation of hover styles in web design may seem minor but, when executed correctly, can enhance user engagement and lead to a much more polished website. So the next time you're working on a web project, don’t overlook this simple yet powerful feature. By understanding your audience and the context in which your website will be used, you can create hover styles that are both functional and impactful.

If you're looking to revamp your website with attention to such details, feel free to get in touch.

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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