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Curtis Fletcher
Curtis Fletcher
1,736 Points

Problem understanding margin

Im working on the "how to make a website" course and theres a section where the teacher suggests we use padding to add space above the footer.

My questions is:

Why does it have to be padding (and not margin)?


Why does margin seem to do nothing. Here is the code (ive tried to isolate the part Im working on as much as possible):


... the part:

footer { padding-top: 50px; }

is the part I dont get.

If you change it to margin theres no gap at all. Even if you set the margin-top to 500 px theres no gap. What exactly does margin do and why isnt it making any gap in this situation?

1 Answer

Felix Yakubov
Felix Yakubov
17,475 Points

Ok, so the basic box model is:

-------- border
------- border

margin is the space between the element and other elements. padding is the space between the content/element and its border or the container border. The decision of using margin or padding should be based mostly on two things: Positioning of the element relating to other elements Display type of the element Paragraph and are block elements so anything inside it can be spaced using padding But if you want to space between two divs, use margin

Hope it helped a bit