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CSS How to Make a Website Customizing Colors and Fonts Use Classes in CSS

Jeff Goes
Jeff Goes
2,745 Points

I have two questions. 1) Hover over doesn't change the color 2)my "nav a" rule seems to be unnecessary

When I hover over the navigation links it just doesn't change its colors. And my "nav a" rule doesn't turn purple neither with "nav a:visited" nor without it.

here's the HTML code and the CSS code:


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta charset= "utf-8">
    <title>JeffGoes |Designer </title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/normalize.css">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/main.css">
      <a href="index.html" id="logo">
        <h1>Jeff Julian Goes</h1>
          <li><a href="index.html" class="selected">Portfolio</a></li>
          <li><a href="about.html">About</a></li>
          <li><a href="contact.html">Contact</a></li>

    <div id="wrapper">
            <a href="img/numbers-01.jpg">
              <img src="img/numbers-01.jpg" alt="">
              <p>Experimentation with color and texture</p>
            <a href="img/numbers-02.jpg">
              <img src="img/numbers-02.jpg" alt="">
              <p>Playing with blending modes on photoshop</p>
            <a href="img/numbers-06.jpg">
              <img src="img/numbers-06.jpg" alt="">
              <p>Trying to create an 80's style of glows</p>
            <a href="img/numbers-09.jpg">
              <img src="img/numbers-09.jpg" alt="">
              <p>Drips created using Photoshop brushes</p>
            <a href="img/numbers-12.jpg">
              <img src="/img/numbers-12.jpg" alt="">
              <p>Creating shapes using repetition</p>
        <a href="https://twitter.com/goes_julian">
          <img src="img/twitter-wrap.png" alt="Twitter Logo">
        <a href="https://www.facebook.com/jeff.goes.5">
          <img src="img/facebook-wrap.png" alt="Facebook Logo">
        <p>&copy; 2015 Jeff Goes.</p>


a {
  text-decoration: none;

#wrapper {
  max-width: 940px;
  margin: 0 auto;
  padding: 0 5%;

#logo {
  text-align: center;
  margin: 20% 20%;

a {
  color: #6ab47b;

header {
  background: #6ab47b;
  border-color: #599a68;

h1, h2{
  color: #fff;

nav {
  background: #599a68;

nav a, nav:visited{
  color: #fff;

nav a.selected, nav a: hover{
  color: #32673f;

I would really appreciate it if you help me. Thanks

Just wanted to give you a heads up that I edited your post to properly display your code snippets. If you need help posting code take a look at the Markdown Cheatsheet for reference, it's basically a matter of placing (```) before and after your code without the parenthesis. Specifying the language helps with formatting, too.

2 Answers

Alejandro Brunella
Alejandro Brunella
6,164 Points

Hey Jeff!

You are missing the "a" in:

 nav:visited{ color: #fff; } 

It should be (add "a"):

 nav a:visited{ color: #fff; }

Also, i think you meant active instead of selected (remove the space and change "." for ":" )

 nav a.selected, nav a: hover{ color: #32673f; }

Should be :

nav a:active , nav a:hover{ color: #32673f; }

I hope this helps.

Jacobus Hindson
Jacobus Hindson
14,429 Points

Hi Jeff,

Question 1: 'nav a.selected' is an invalid class - try 'nav a:active' instead

Question 2: The posted 'nav a' rule above is set to #fff (White) change this to a #hex for purple or simply 'purple'

Hope that helps.