CSS Hover Effect - An Introduction

CSS is a stylesheet language that describes the presentation of an HTML document. CSS describes how elements will look on screen, on paper, or in other media. It is used to define your web page’s styles, including the design, layout, and variations in display for different devices and screen sizes. Here you will learn about the CSS hover effect, which adds the effects when the elements hover over it.

What is a CSS Hover Effect?

A CSS hover effect takes place when a user hovers over an element, and the element responds with transition effects. It is used to mark the key items on the web page and it’s an effective way to enhance the user experience. 

Syntax: :hover {

  Css declarations;


Let’s understand it by using some examples

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CSS Hover Effect Example 1 

In this example, you will create a link that will change the color when hovered over.


  • The :hover pseudo-class is triggered when the user hovers over an element with the pointer. It does not necessarily activate the link.
  • The :active pseudo-class changes the appearance of the element while it is being used. 


CSS Hover Effect Example 2 

Here is an illustration to show some more hover effects you can use on your page.



CSS Hover Effects with Transition

In this example, you will look at adding some hover effects in combination with transitions to the buttons.



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  • The transform property adds 2D or 3D effects to the element. The translate() moves the element from the current position according to the parameters given for the x-axis and y-axis.
  • CSS transition allows you to change the property value. It provides a way to control animation speed when changing CSS properties.


  •  The ::before selector inserts something before the content of each selected element. 
  • The z-index CSS property sets the z-order of a positioned element and its flex items. An element with greater order is always in front of an element with a lower order.



There is a nice button that will respond in different ways when hovered over.


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In this tutorial, you have seen how CSS hover effects allow you to add responsive effects and transition over your elements. You have also learned about some properties that will help you to make a better hover effect.

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