Modal Box in action

Here’s a simple truth about modal box: It is ridiculously easy to be made.

The Logic

Basically, modal box is a ‘flying’ box on top of another content. To achieve this kind of state, all you need is:

  1. Create a wrapper which is positioned on top of everything. Utilize the usage of position:fixed, 100% width & height, top & left and z-index (if it is needed)
  2. Create the ‘box’ inside the wrapper. Place your content within it. Utilize the usage of margin: auto to adjust its position
  3. You want to show it only if user click particular link, right? great, now display:none it.
  4. Using javascript (i’m using jQuery), show the wrapper if particular DOM is clicked.
  5. The modal box need to be hidden after its content is read. Using javascript, create a functionality which makes the wrapper hidden if particular DOM is clicked.

The HTML Markup

Modal Box HTML Structure

Place this code anywhere you want. I’d rather place it on the bottom of the page, though.

<div id="modal-background">
<div id="modal-box">
<h2>This is the modalbox</h2>
<p>Paragraph Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.</p>
<a href="#" id="close-modal">Close this modal box</a>


The trick: style it on modal-box-is-shown state first. If the styling has been okay, display:none it.

#modal-background      {position:fixed; left:0; top:0; width:100%; height:100%; background:rgba(0,0,0,0.8); display:none;}
#modal-box          {display:block; background:#fff; width:400px; padding:20px; margin:100px auto; box-shadow:0 0 10px #efefef;}
#modal-box h2          {margin-top:0;}

The JavaScript, using jQuery

Use the beauty of jQuery’s fadeIn() and fadeOut() in setting display:block and display:none a DOM.

$(document).ready(function() {
return false;

return false;

The Demo

And that’s that. Here’s the demo:

Demo of Simple Do-It-Yourself Modal Box

As usual, please take a look at its page source code for further explanation. Hope it helps 🙂

5 thoughts on “Simple Do-It-Yourself Modal Box

  1. very cool! tanks!

    1. The pleasure is mine 🙂

  2. amazing

    simple but powerfull

  3. thank’s a lot,,, very helpfull

  4. Nice and simple to use. Good work!

Share Your Thought