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CSS CSS Basics (2014) Enhancing the Design With CSS Adjusting the Layout with Media Queries

im lost please help

everything was going well, the site was working as i was following along but somewhere between the last few videos my css wont work almost like it wont recognize it and i havent been able to figure out where in my code i messed up. basically all i can see is the html version of the site now. even when i try to do open it up on a different text editor the outcome is the same. please help im so lost and i truly dont know where i went wrong

Hi John,

Can you post your code please?


Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,253 Points

Hi John,

Would you be able to post your coe using the markdown cheatsheet below so we can better try and help you out.

Thanks :)

David Jarrin
David Jarrin
Courses Plus Student 11,182 Points

yes go ahead and post the code, I would check and see if your HTML is still linked to your CSS

7 Answers

Jeff Jacobson-Swartfager
Jeff Jacobson-Swartfager
15,419 Points

John, as you can see in this codepen, the code you provided works just fine.

The most likely culprit is (as David mentioned) that you have accidentally moved or renamed the CSS file. Please check that your style.css file is within the css directory and that the index.html file is within your root directory.

@font-face { font-family: 'abolition regular'; src: url('../fonts/abolition-regular-webfont.eot'); src: url('../fonts/abolition-regular-webfont.eot?#iefix') format('embedded-opentype'), url('../fonts/abolition-regular-webfont.woff') format('woff'), url('../fonts/abolition-regular-webfont.ttf') format('truetype'); }

/* Base Styles -------------------- */

  • { box-sizing: border-box; }

body { color: #878787; margin: 0; font: 1em/1.5 "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; }

h1, h2 { font-family: 'Abolition Regular', helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; }

h1 {
font-size: 5.625rem; /* 90px/16px */ color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 1); text-transform: uppercase; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.3; text-shadow: 0 1px 1px rgba(0,0,0, .8); margin: 12px 0 0; }

h2 { font-size: 3.3125em; /* 53px/16px / font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.1; margin: 0 0 .5em; / 0 0 26px */ }

h3 { font-size: 1.25em; /* 20px/16px / color: #48525c; line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 1.7em; / 34px */ }

img { max-width: 100%; margin-bottom: 20px; border-radius: 10px; }

ul, ol { margin: 30px 0; }

li { margin-bottom: 10px; }

/* Pseudo-classes ------------------ */

a:link { color: rgb(255, 169, 73); text-decoration: none; }

a:visited { color: lightblue; }

a:hover { color: rgba(255, 169, 73, .4); }

a:active { color: lightcoral; }

/* Main Styles --------------------- */

.main-header { padding-top: 170px; height: 850px; background: linear-gradient(#ffa949, transparent 90%), linear-gradient(0deg, #fff, transparent), #ffa949 url('../img/mountains.jpg') no-repeat center; background-size: cover;


.title { color: white; font-size: 1.625rem; /* 26px/16px */ letter-spacing: .065em; font-weight: 200; border-bottom: 2px solid; padding-bottom: 10px; }

.intro { font-size: 1.25em; /* 20px/16px */ line-height: 1.6;

.primary-content, .main-header, .main-footer { text-align: center; }

.primary-content { padding-top: 25px; padding-bottom: 95px; }

.secondary-content { padding-top: 80px; padding-bottom: 70px; border-bottom: 2px solid #dfe2e6; }

.callout { font-size: 1.25em; border-bottom: 3px solid; padding: 0 9px 3px; margin-top: 20px; display: inline-block; }

.main-footer { padding-top: 60px; padding-bottom: 60px; border-bottom: 10px solid #ffa949; }

.t-border { border-top: 2px solid #dfe2e6; }

/* Layout Styles ------------------ */

.primary-content, .secondary-content { width: 75%; padding-left: 50px; padding-right: 50px; margin: auto; max-width: 960px; }

.wildlife { color: white; text-align: left; padding: 18% 24%; border-top: 10px solid #ffa949; margin: 105px 0 60px; background: #434a52 url('../img/bear.jpg') no-repeat center; background-size: cover; box-shadow: inset 0 0 50px 50px rgba(0,0,0, .5); border-radius: 10px ; }

.arrow { width: 50px; margin-top: 150px; }

/* Floated Columns ------------------ */

.resorts, .tips { width: 46.5%; }

.tips { float: left; }

.resorts { float: right; }

/* Float Clearfix ------------------ */

.group:after { content: ""; display: table; clear: both; }

/* media queries -------------------- */

@media (max-width: 1024px) {

.secondary-content {
  width: 90%;


.wildlife { padding: 10% 12%; margin: 50px 0 20px; } }

@media ( max-width: 768px) { .primary-content. .secondary-content { width: 100%; padding: 20px; border: none; } .main-header { max-height: 380px; padding: 50px 25px 0; }

.title { font-size: 1.3rem; border: none; }

h1 { font-size: 5rem; line-height: 1.1; }

.arrow { display: none; } }

David Jarrin
David Jarrin
Courses Plus Student 11,182 Points

Ok but is this file in your css file still? If all you are seeing is your html then most likely its a linking issue.

i thought the same thing but the code for it looks fine

thanks your right i accidentally moved my css file

Jeff Jacobson-Swartfager
Jeff Jacobson-Swartfager
15,419 Points

Great! I'm sure David would appreciate it if you marked his answer as correct!

David Jarrin
David Jarrin
Courses Plus Student 11,182 Points

I've done this a couple times and it can be frustrating. When absolutely nothing is getting styled it has to be a linking issue (especially when you had it working in the past). Thanks for the points!

sorry i didnt listen sooner i appreciate it

Jeff Jacobson-Swartfager
Jeff Jacobson-Swartfager
15,419 Points

No worries! What matters is that you got it in the end!

this is my index.html:

<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Lake Tahoe</title> <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/style.css"> </head> <body> <header id="top" class="main-header"> <span class="title">Journey Through the Sierra Nevada Mountains</span> <h1>Lake Tahoe, California</h1> <img class="arrow" src="img/arrow.svg" alt="Down arrow"> </header>

    <div class="primary-content t-border">
        <p class="intro">
            Lake Tahoe is one of the most breathtaking attractions located in California. It's home to a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. Snow and skiing are a significant part of the area's reputation.
        <a class="callout" href="#more">Find out more</a>

  <div class="wildlife">
    <h2>Check out all the Wildlife</h2>
      As spawning season approaches, the fish acquire a humpback and protuberant jaw. After spawning, they die and their carcasses provide a feast for gatherings of <a href="#mink">mink</a>, <a href="#bears">bears</a>, and <a href="#eagles">bald eagles</a>.
  </div><!-- End .wildlife -->

        <a class="callout" href="#wildlife">See the Wildlife</a>
    </div><!-- End .primary-content -->

    <div class="secondary-content t-border group"> 
  <div class="resorts">
    <img src="img/resort.jpg" alt="Resort">
    <h3>From Tents to Resorts</h3>
      Lake Tahoe is full of wonderful places to stay. You have the ability to sleep in the outdoors in a tent, or relax like a king at a five star resort. Here are our top three resorts:
      <li><a href="#hotels">Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel</a></li>
      <li><a href="#resorts">South Lake Tahoe Resorts</a></li>
      <li><a href="#lodging">Tahoe Ski Resort Lodging</a></li>

  <div class="tips">
    <img src="img/mtn-landscape.jpg" alt="Mountain Landscape">
    <h3>Pack Accordingly</h3>
      One of most important things when it comes to traveling through the great outdoors is packing accordingly. Here are a few tips:
      <li>Bring layers of clothing</li>
      <li>Pack sunscreen</li>
      <li>Carry extra water just in case</li>
      <li>Pack light</li>
    </div><!-- End .secondary-content -->

    <footer class="main-footer">
        <p>All rights reserved to the state of <a href="#">California</a>.</p>
        <a href="#top">Back to top &raquo;</a>

</body> </html>