"Header & Navigation" Options Missing


With the Divi theme installed, the Theme Customizer provides a range of options for configuring the way Divi looks. One set of options in the customizer is the "Header & Navigation" options for configuring the way the Divi header bar looks. If you find that these options are missing or appear briefly and then disappear, here's what to do about it.

First, here's an example showing the header & navigation options where they normally appear:

If the "Header & Navigation" settings are missing, it is likely your header is built using the theme builder. This theme builder header replaces the standard Divi header and in the process makes the header & navigation options in the customizer, which target the standard header, irrelevant. In recognition of this Divi hides the header & navigation options from the customizer, but the way in which it does so leaves the section briefly visible while the page loads. You may even manage to open the subsections (e.g. "Header Format", "Primary Menu Bar", "Secondary Menu Bar", "Fixed Navigation Settings" and "Header Elements"). Once the page is fully loaded the entire "Header & Navigation" section is hidden and the section below ("Footer") moves up to fill the gap.

In order to make changes to the header you need to instead go into the theme builder ("WP Dashboard > Divi > Theme Builder"), locate the relevant header layout and make the changes to it there.


  1. Is there a way to restore the system header that comes with WordPress? I tried out the Divi Builder custom header and prefer the system's implementation. Thanks!

    • Hey Bryan, I think the system header will actually be Divi's default header (WordPress itself doesn't add a header – it's the active theme that defines the header). This default header is the header that Divi shows when there isn't a custom header defined in the Divi Theme Builder. So to restore your original header you should just need to delete / disable the custom header, as described in this post:

      Disable the Divi Theme Builder Header

      I hope that helps!

  2. Thank you so much. I had to hide my header for a new password protected page, and then got sidetracked, having turned off builder so I could work on some other updates. Note, you need to click on the gear for options to select which pages, posts etc you want the header to appear on.

    • Hey Susan, you're very welcome. I'm glad that it helped. You're spot on with the gear icon – thanks for pointing it out. If there's ever anything else you need help with, feel free to ask. Thanks!


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