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Header vs. Footer: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Published on January 8, 2024
A header appears at the top of a page or section, often containing titles or navigation elements, while a footer is at the bottom, typically with credits or contact info.
Header vs. Footer

Key Differences

A header is located at the top of a webpage, document, or section, typically containing the title, logo, or main navigation links. A footer, found at the bottom, often includes copyright information, contact details, or links to privacy policies.
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Headers often contain dynamic content like section titles or main navigation that changes based on context. Footers usually have more static content, such as disclaimers, credits, or repeated links.
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In design, headers are prominent, designed to catch the viewer’s attention immediately. Footers are more understated, providing supplementary information without distracting from the main content.
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Headers play a key role in user navigation and accessibility, guiding users through a website or document. Footers are typically used for referencing additional information or secondary actions, like contacting support or accessing legal information.
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In multi-page documents, headers often change to reflect the current section or chapter, while footers tend to remain consistent throughout for uniformity and ease of reference.
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Comparison Chart

Location

Top of the page or section
Bottom of the page or section
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Common Content

Titles, logos, navigation links
Copyright, contact info, legal links
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Design Focus

More prominent and attention-grabbing
More understated and informational
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User Interaction

Guides user navigation
Provides supplementary information
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Variability

Changes with context or section
Generally consistent throughout
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Purpose

Introduce content or provide navigation
Conclude content or offer additional info
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Frequency in a Document

May vary by page or section
Typically uniform across pages
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Visual Impact

Designed to be noticeable
Designed to be subtle and informative
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Accessibility

Accessible for quick navigation
Accessible for detailed info or actions
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In Websites

Often contains search bars or menus
Often contains sitemaps or privacy policies
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Header and Footer Definitions

Header

A header is the top section of a webpage, document, or section.
The website's header had an elegant design with the company logo.
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Footer

A footer is the bottom section of a webpage, document, or section.
The footer contained the company's contact information and copyright notice.
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Header

Headers often contain titles or main navigation elements.
Each chapter in the book had a distinct header.
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Footer

Footers typically remain consistent throughout a document.
Each page of the report had the same footer with page numbers.
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Header

A header introduces or categorizes content.
The report's header included the project title and date.
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Footer

One that is an indicated number of feet in height or length. Often used in combination
A six-footer.
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Header

Headers can change contextually in multi-page documents.
The document's header changed with each section.
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Footer

Textual information, such as a title, date, or page number, positioned in the bottom margin of a page and usually repeated throughout a document.
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Header

One that fits a head on an object.
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Footer

See footing.
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Header

One that removes a head from an object, especially a machine that reaps the heads of grain and passes them into a wagon or receptacle.
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Footer

(archaic) A footgoer; pedestrian
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Header

A pipe that serves as a central connection for two or more smaller pipes.
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Footer

(computing) A line of information printed at the bottom of a page to identify the contents. (Compare foot in printing.)
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Header

A floor or roof beam placed between two long beams that supports the ends of the tailpieces.
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Footer

(in combination) Something that measures a stated number of feet in some dimension.
The new boat is a six-footer.
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Header

A brick or stone laid at a right angle to the face of a wall so that only its short end is showing. Also called bonder.
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Footer

(in combination) Someone who has a preference for using a certain foot.
A right-footer
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Header

(Informal) A headlong dive or fall.
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Footer

Football / soccer.
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Header

(Sports) A pass or shot made in soccer by heading the ball.
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Footer

To meddle with or pass time without accomplishing anything meaningful.
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Header

Textual information, such as a title, date, or page number, positioned in the top margin of a page and usually repeated throughout a document.
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Footer

A person who travels by foot.
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Header

A raised tank or hopper that maintains a constant pressure or supply to a system, especially the small tank that supplies water to a central heating system.
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Footer

(used only in combinations) the height or length of something in feet;
He is a six-footer
The golfer sank a 40-footer
His yacht is a 60-footer
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Header

The upper portion of a page (or other) layout.
If you reduce the header of this document, the body will fit onto a single page.
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Footer

A person who travels by foot
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Header

Text, or other visual information, used to mark off a quantity of text, often titling or summarizing it.
Your header is too long; "Local Cannibals" will suffice.
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Footer

A printed note placed below the text on a printed page
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Header

Text, or other visual information, that goes at the top of a column of information in a table.
That column should have the header "payment status".
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Footer

Footers often include static information like disclaimers or credits.
The book's footer had the publisher's name on every page.
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Header

(informal) A font, text style, or typesetting used for any of the above.
Parts of speech belong in a level-three header. Level-two headers are reserved for the name of the language.
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Footer

A footer provides supplementary or concluding information.
The newsletter's footer had unsubscribe and contact links.
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Header

(computing) The first part of a file or record that describes its contents.
The header includes an index, an identifier, and a pointer to the next entry.
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Footer

In websites, footers often contain legal links and sitemaps.
The website's footer included links to the privacy policy and terms of service.
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Header

(programming) header file
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Header

(networking) the first part of a packet or stream, often containing its address and descriptors.
The encapsulation layer adds an eight-byte header and a two-byte trailer to each packet.
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Header

(masonry) A brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall or within the brickwork with the short side showing.
This wall has four header courses.
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Header

A horizontal structural or finish piece over an opening.
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Header

A machine that separates and gathers the heads of grain etc.
They fed the bale into the header.
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Header

(soccer) The act of hitting the ball with the head.
His header for the goal followed a perfect corner kick.
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Header

(soccer) Someone who heads the ball.
Diving header
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Header

A headlong fall, jump or dive.
The clown tripped over the other clown and took a header.
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Header

A raised tank that supplies water at constant pressure, especially to a central heating and hot water system.
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Header

A pipe which connects several smaller pipes.
Common practice is to use plastic pipes with iron headers.
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Header

The rodeo performer who drives the steer toward the heeler to be tied.
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Header

One who puts a head on something.
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Header

To strike (a ball) with one's head.
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One who, or that which, heads nails, rivets, etc., esp. a machine for heading.
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One who heads a movement, a party, or a mob; head; chief; leader.
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Header

A brick or stone laid with its shorter face or head in the surface of the wall.
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Header

A reaper for wheat, that cuts off the heads only.
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Header

A fall or plunge head first, as while riding a bicycle, or a skateboard, or in bathing; - sometimes, implying the striking of the head on the ground; as, to take a header.
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Header

A line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about;
The heading seemed to have little to do with the text
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Header

Horizontal beam used as a finishing piece over a door or window
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Header

Brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall
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Header

A framing member crossing and supporting the ends of joists, studs, or rafters so as to transfer their weight to parallel joists, studs, or rafters
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Header

A machine that cuts the heads off grain and moves them into a wagon
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Header

(soccer) the act of hitting the ball with your head
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Header

A headlong jump (or fall);
He took a header into the shrubbery
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Header

In web design, headers are crucial for user navigation.
The website's header made it easy to find different sections.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is a header?

A header is the top section of a page, containing titles or navigation elements.
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Do footers change on different web pages?

Typically, footers remain consistent across web pages for uniformity.
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What's the purpose of a header?

Headers introduce content and facilitate user navigation.
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Are headers necessary in every document?

While not mandatory, headers are useful for organization and navigation.
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Do headers affect SEO?

Yes, headers, especially on web pages, can impact SEO through structured content.
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What information is found in a footer?

A footer often includes copyright, contact details, and legal information.
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Can headers change in a document?

Yes, headers can vary in multi-page documents to reflect different sections.
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How do headers enhance user experience?

Headers make it easier to navigate and understand the structure of content.
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Why are footers important?

Footers provide additional, often legal, information and conclude the content.
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What type of information is inappropriate for a footer?

Primary content or essential navigation elements should not be in footers.
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Is the footer visible on all pages of a document?

Usually, footers are visible on all pages for consistency.
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What's commonly included in a website footer?

Website footers often have contact info, legal links, and sitemaps.
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Can headers include search bars?

In websites, headers often contain search bars for user convenience.
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Are footers used in emails?

Yes, email footers typically include unsubscribe links and legal disclaimers.
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Can headers contain logos?

Yes, headers often include logos, especially on websites.
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Can a document have multiple headers?

Yes, especially if it has different sections or chapters.
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Are headers used in digital media?

Yes, headers are used in websites, digital documents, and online platforms.
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Should footers be visually distinct?

Yes, footers should be designed to be subtly distinct from the main content.
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How do footers aid in navigation?

Footers can include secondary navigation elements like sitemaps.
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What makes a good footer design?

Good footer design is informative, organized, and not distracting from the main content.
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