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CSS How to Make a Website Styling Web Pages and Navigation Polish the Navigation and Footer

Jason Goertzen
Jason Goertzen
446 Points

Header background colour extends past navigation


I'm not sure why, but the header background colour on my project extends a fair bit below my navigation, where as I see Nick's is flush. I have been following along, and can't seem to see where I'm going wrong.


3 Answers

Laura Cressman
Laura Cressman
12,548 Points

The issue is in your nav part-your margin property and values say margin: 20px 0, but to get rid of that bottom margin on the nav (the extra green stuff), you need an extra zero, so it says margin: 20px 0 0. Here is the code pen (ignore the bottom part, but the nav part is good) http://codepen.io/anon/pen/xqlpa/. Since you had just margin: 20px 0, that sets the top AND bottom margins to 20px, and the left and right margins to zero. The extra bottom margin you're seeing is from a 20px bottom margin being applied. When you say margin: 20px 0 0, that sets the top margin to 20px, the left and right margins to 0, and the bottom margin to 0. Hope this helps!

Jason Goertzen
Jason Goertzen
446 Points

Thank you for your help!

Laura Cressman
Laura Cressman
12,548 Points

Hi Jason, I'm not sure what your code looks like, but perhaps it could be related to the height property of your header? If you post your code I might be able to help you better :)

Jason Goertzen
Jason Goertzen
446 Points

Hi Laura. Thanks for the reply and thanks for you help!

Here is my css:

/******************************** GENERAL **********************************/

body { font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; }

wrapper {

max-width: 940px; margin: 0 auto; padding: 0 5%; }

a { text-decoration: none; }

img { max-width: 100%; }

/******************************** HEADING **********************************/

header { float: left; margin: 0 0 30px 0; padding: 5px 0 0 0; width: 100%; }

logo {

text-align: center; margin: 0; }

h1 { font-family:'Changa One', sans-serif; margin: 15px 0; font-size: 1.75em; font-weight: normal; line-height: 0.8em; }

h2 { font-size: 0.75em; margin: -5px 0 0; font-weight: normal; }

/******************************** NAVIGATION **********************************/

nav { text-align: center; padding: 10px 0; margin: 20px 0; }

nav ul { list-style: none; margin: 0 10px; padding: 0; }

nav li { display: inline-block; }

nav a { font-weight: 800; padding: 15px 10px; }

/******************************** FOOTER **********************************/

footer { font-size: 0.75em; text-align: center; clear: both; padding-top: 50px; color: #ccc; }

.social-icon { width: 20px; height: 20px; margin: 0 5px; }

/******************************** PAGE PORTFOLIO **********************************/

gallery {

margin: 0; padding: 0; list-style: none; }

gallery li {

float: left; width: 45%; margin: 2.5%; background-color: #f5f5f5; color: #bdc3c7; }

gallery li a p {

margin: 0; padding: 5%; font-size: 0.75em; color: #bdc3c7; }

/******************************** COLOURS **********************************/

/* site body */ body { background-color: #fff; color: #999; }

/* green header */ header { background: #6ab47b; border-color: #599a68; }

/* nav background on mobile devices */ nav { background: #599a68; }

/* logo text */ h1, h2 { color: #fff; }


a { color: #6ab47b; }

/* nav link / nav a, nav a:visited { color: #fff; } / selected nav link */ nav a.selected, nav a:hover { color: #32673f; }