Background Gradient Disappears on Long Pages

This is a quick article on how to resolve the following issue:
  • Overall body background color is blue.
  • Background color of my contents is white.
  • When I visit a small page on the site, the contents background (white) shows.
  • When I visit a very long page on the site, the contents background disappears and reveals the overall background (blue) making the text very hard to read.

Took me a while to figure out what was the problem, I'd visit some pages and they'd be fine, but when visiting a long page, it would initially display properly but then the white background would disappear when the page finally loaded.

The root cause was because the template I was using was not actually specifying "white" as the contents background-color and was in fact setting a gradient as the background. Consider the following:

  background:      #f7f7f7;
  background:      -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #f7f7f7, #f4f4f4);
  background:      -moz-linear-gradient(top, #f7f7f7, #f4f4f4);
  background:      -o-linear-gradient(top, #f7f7f7, #f4f4f4);
  background:      linear-gradient(to bottom, #f7f7f7, #f4f4f4);
  background-clip: padding-box;
  border-radius:   0 0 5px 5px;
  1.  /* ERROR CSS: DO NOT USE !!! */ 
  3.    background:      #f7f7f7; 
  4.    background:      -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #f7f7f7, #f4f4f4)
  5.    background:      -moz-linear-gradient(top, #f7f7f7, #f4f4f4)
  6.    background:      -o-linear-gradient(top, #f7f7f7, #f4f4f4)
  7.    background:      linear-gradient(to bottom, #f7f7f7, #f4f4f4)
  8.    background-clip: padding-box; 
  9.    border-radius:   0 0 5px 5px

Harmless you might say. Works fine on a small page but I have discovered limitations with the majority of browsers when having to spread gradient backgrounds across a long page. It would appear to be fool proof because of the "background:#f7f7f7" specified at the beginning of the code but it is not. My only solution was to propose to set the background as white (#f7f7f7 - white with a tint of grey) and show the customer the unnoticeable difference:

  background-color:  #f7f7f7;
  background-clip:   padding-box;
  border-radius:     0 0 5px 5px;
  3.    background-color:  #f7f7f7; 
  4.    background-clip:   padding-box; 
  5.    border-radius:     0 0 5px 5px

Change from background gradient to solid color

  • The above issue happened when using Google Chrome v23 or MS Internet Explorer v8 (so Webkit and MSIE appear to be affected).
  • If your website consists of small pages then ignore this issue as it's unlikely to happen on your site.
Category: Cascading Stylesheets :: Article: 449

Credit where Credit is Due:

Feel free to copy, redistribute and share this information. All that we ask is that you attribute credit and possibly even a link back to this website as it really helps in our search engine rankings.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is provided without warranty and any content is merely the opinion of the author. Please try to test in development environments prior to adapting them to your production environments. The articles are written in good faith and, at the time of print, are working examples used in a commercial setting.

Thank you for visiting and, as always, we hope this website was of some use to you!

Kind Regards,

Joel Lipman

Related Articles

Joes Revolver Map


Badge - Certified Zoho Creator Associate
Badge - Certified Zoho Creator Associate

Donate & Support

If you like my content, and would like to support this sharing site, feel free to donate using a method below:

Donate to Joel Lipman via PayPal

Donate to Joel Lipman with Bitcoin - Valid till 8 May 2022 bc1qjtp4l4ra452wzvuk9a45yfj82zkahsyy2z379y
© 2022 Joel Lipman .com. All Rights Reserved.