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HTML How to Make a Website Responsive Web Design and Testing Build a Three Column Layout

Build a Three Column issue

So I built the three columns using @media for over 480px. The issue I am having is that it is always three columns now. Even when I go under 480px where it should be two columns like before. Also, I didn not experience the strange behavior that Nick did when the three columns look strange making him use the nth-child trick to fix it.

In other words, now that I set

gallery li {

width: 28.3333%;

I only get 3 columns regardless of size.

I still used the nth-child code even thought I did not experience that issue where a space is created.

Please Advise. My two columns are gone under 480px.

4 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,644 Points

You need to use a different break for two columns than you do with 3, so you need another media query for under 480px.

Also setting the break every nth column, where n is columns+1 won't work beyond the first row. You need to set n as the number of columns and use an offset of 1. For example, use nth-child(3n+1) instead of nth-child(4n) for 3 columns. This is an error in the video, and corrected in the written notes that appear below it.

responsive.css
@media screen and (max-width: 479px) {
/****************************************
  Page: Portfolio - Two Columns
*****************************************/
  #gallery li:nth-child(2n+1) {
    clear: left;
  }
}

@media screen and (min-width: 480px) /*and (max-width: 679px)*/ {
/****************************************
  Page: Contacts - Two Columns
*****************************************/
  #primary {
    width: 50%;
    float: left;
  }
  #secondary {
     width: 40%;
     float: right;
  }
/****************************************
  Page: Portfolio - Three Columns
*****************************************/
  #gallery li {
    width: 28.3333%;
  }
  #gallery li:nth-child(3n+1) {
    clear: left;
  }
}

/*@media screen and (min-width: 660px) {}*/

Also if you want to make a different column layout at 660px, you'll need to add that max test currently commented out to the 3-column media query.

Your code here is not even the same code or even close to Nicks. This video was messed up! thanx

So I saw that I put my end bracket } for @media 480px after #secondary instead of after nth-child.

When I fixed the bracket it began behaving like it did for Nick. The issue is that I have extra long captions on my Photos and nth-child does not fix my issue. I do get my two columns back if I go under 480px.

I guess extra long captions for my photos is causing this issue to not work regardless of nth-child or not.

(I used my own images and captions, I did not copy Nick)

So my site still looks broken.

Chelsea Hulbert
Chelsea Hulbert
2,238 Points

thank you, I was having the same problem with the columns not changing from 3 columns to 2 columns under 480px and moving my end bracket fixed the issue!

Full responsive.css:

@media screen and (min-width: 480px){

/**************************************** Two Columns *****************************************/

#primary { width: 50%; float: left; }

#secondary { width: 40%; float: right; } }

/**************************************** Page Portofolio *****************************************/

gallery li {

width: 28.3333%; }

gallery li:nth-child(4n) {

clear: left; }

@media screen and (min-width: 660px) {

}

Check it out on advicepeeps.com

i dumped the current site on there. You will see under 480px in mobile mode I get my two columns back, but I get that weird space. nth-child does nothing for me in that case.