Hello all,

I'm trying to make a webpage that has about 200px padding on the left and right side and 0 padding at the top and bottom, i would like my content to be viewed in that small area. I'm wanting the background color where my content will be to be grey but i want the padded sides to stay white. Is this possible?

Like this http://www.cssbasics.com/, you see how the sides are grey and the content area is in a different color, how can i do this?

Thank you!

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Last Post by sarah newton

Use two divs, one inside the other.

give the outer div a background color.
give the inner one a different color.
give them both a width, and make that of the inner one smaller by the sum of the left and right "padding".
(eg outer width=800px, inner = 600px)
Set the margin-left and margin-right of the inner one to the "padding". (ie margin:whatever 100px; where whatever is top and bottom)

Learn CSS.

Edited by drjohn: n/a

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Works perfectly thanks!

"Learn CSS."

Crall back under your bridge, the guy was just asking if there was a better way. I was wondering myself, being new to CSS. You're not a genius, I had worked out your suggestion as the OP probably did, but he wanted confirmation. Cretin.

Edited by flubberdub: 'Idiot' is too good for this guy.


Thanks for your kind words.
Such a nice introductory post from a new member.

My answer to the above thread, about 15 weeks ago, was correct.

Encouraging someone to learn css is always good advice. www.cssbasics,com is one of the sites I often recommend to people seeking to learn about css, so it was nice to see that the original poster had been there. They've had a face lift to their own css. They set the body background to one colour, and the main div background to a different colour, but that would not be the correct solution for the original poster's question, of course, for the obvious reasons.

Oh, and yes with an IQ measured at 154, I don't need to worry about your opinion on my intellect. And you spelt crawl wrongly. ;)

But if you have any problems, do just ask for help, and I'll see if I can find a solution for you. Or give help, of course.

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