INTRO

INTRO

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Intro to the Designer

Intro to the Designer

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Intro to HTML & CSS

Intro to HTML & CSS

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HTML Structure

HTML Structure

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WEB STRUCTURE

WEB STRUCTURE

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The Box Model

The Box Model

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Element Hierarchy

Element Hierarchy

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Navigator Panel

Navigator Panel

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ELEMENTS

ELEMENTS

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Element Panel

Element Panel

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Section

Section

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Container

Container

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Columns

Columns

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Div block

Div block

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Buttons & Links

Buttons & Links

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Button

Button

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Link Block

Link Block

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Text Link

Text Link

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Typography

Typography

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Heading

Heading

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Paragraph

Paragraph

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Rich Text

Rich Text

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Text Block

Text Block

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Block Quote

Block Quote

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List

List

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Media

Media

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Image

Image

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Image File Types

Image File Types

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Image Resolution

Image Resolution

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Assets Panel

Assets Panel

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Video

Video

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Background Video

Background Video

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Components

Components

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Intro to Forms

Intro to Forms

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Styling Forms

Styling Forms

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Navbar

Navbar

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Styling a Navbar

Styling a Navbar

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Navbar Menu Button

Navbar Menu Button

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Slider

Slider

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Tabs

Tabs

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Lightbox

Lightbox

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Map

Map

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Dropdown

Dropdown

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Social Media Buttons

Social Media Buttons

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Custom Code Embed

Custom Code Embed

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Symbols

Symbols

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Styling Basics

Styling Basics

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Intro to Style Panel

Intro to Style Panel

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HTML Tags

HTML Tags

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Classes

Classes

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Combo Classes

Combo Classes

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Text Style Inheritance

Text Style Inheritance

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Style Manager

Style Manager

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States

States

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Transitions

Transitions

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Color Picker & Swatches

Color Picker & Swatches

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Color Values

Color Values

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Layout Basics

Layout Basics

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Intro to Web Layout

Intro to Web Layout

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Display Settings

Display Settings

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Padding & Margin

Padding & Margin

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Width & Height Units

Width & Height Units

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Floats & Clears

Floats & Clears

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Flexbox & Grid

Flexbox & Grid

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Intro to Flexbox

Intro to Flexbox

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Centering elements with Flexbox

Centering elements with Flexbox

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Equal height layouts with Flexbox

Equal height layouts with Flexbox

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Grid layouts overview

Grid layouts overview

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Flexbox vs. Grid

Flexbox vs. Grid

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Advanced Layout

Advanced Layout

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Positioning Overview

Positioning Overview

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Relative Positioning

Relative Positioning

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Absolute Positioning

Absolute Positioning

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Fixed Positioning

Fixed Positioning

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Z-Index

Z-Index

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Overflow

Overflow

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Styling Typography

Styling Typography

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Intro to Web Typography

Intro to Web Typography

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Typography Units

Typography Units

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Line Height

Line Height

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Advanced Typography Styles

Advanced Typography Styles

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Google Fonts

Google Fonts

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Custom Fonts

Custom Fonts

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Text Shadow

Text Shadow

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Background & Border Styles

Background & Border Styles

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Background Styles Overview

Background Styles Overview

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Background Image

Background Image

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Background Gradient

Background Gradient

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Border

Border

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Border Radius

Border Radius

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Box Shadow

Box Shadow

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3D Styles

3D Styles

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Intro to 3D

Intro to 3D

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3D Perspective

3D Perspective

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2D & 3D Transforms

2D & 3D Transforms

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EFFECTS

EFFECTS

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Opacity

Opacity

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Filters

Filters

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Cursors

Cursors

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Responsive Design

Responsive Design

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CSS grid landing page tutorial (36min)

Lesson info

Lesson info

Learn how and why to use Webflow's container element, which keeps all your content in a legible, reasonable region in the center of your page.We'll cover: 

  1. ‍Anatomy of a container
  2. ‍Adding a container to your design
  3. ‍Styling the container
  4. ‍Enlarging the container

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Want to dig into the project featured in this video and see how everything is put together? We've included the full project we used when making this lesson, and we've shared the link right under this very paragraph.

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Transcript

This is a webpage. And believe it or not, it contains the entire collected works of William Faulkner. Except, it doesn't; it's just lorem ipsum (filler text).

The point here is that the content on the screen — all this text — extends from the left edge of the viewport to the right edge.

Now in our actual project, we could center the content — we can align the content so it's centered inside our section, but that's not solving anything. Our eyes have to travel really far across the screen because it spans the full width of the viewport.

So what can we do?

We can go through and manually adjust the width — we can set a maximum width on all our elements. That’s not a great practice. Because what happens when we drop something else in? Another paragraph? It suffers from the same thing.

Enter: the Container. The Section's companion.

We can drag a Container element right into our section, then move our content — all the elements we have inside our section — into the Container itself.

Of course, the Container keeps everything neatly bound. It keeps all your content inside a legible, reasonable region. And, it sets the maximum width for the content inside to 940 pixels.

And by design, the Container functions just fine as we go down through our different views: tablet, mobile landscape, mobile portrait, and of course: TI-83 Plus.

And we can use our Container to add extra breathing room. For instance, if we look on mobile landscape, we can see our content is being pushed right up to the edge. And in some cases, we might want that. But we can adjust our padding on the left and right (by holding option or alt and dragging) — let's say about 10 pixels.

And that'll give us some nice breathing room as we scale down. Of course, that styling passes down to mobile portrait as well.

Once we've styled our container just how we want to, we can name our class — we'll name ours "Amazing Container" — and we can apply that class to other containers we add to our project.

Now, how does this affect more complex layouts? Here’s a section with no container. And the content spans the full width. Suffers from the Faulkner challenge we encountered earlier. We can go in and drag a container right into the section. And since we created that class before — Amazing Container — we can apply that here, too.

Let’s drag our content in from the section into the container. As we do that, we have some much-needed horizontal constriction which keeps our content neatly bound. And if we check it on different device widths? It looks great.

Generally — a good element hierarchy if you’re looking to use containers this way, is to have a container inside each section. And all the content you want neatly bound...goes inside the container.

So. Content dropped in a section can work just fine. Sometimes the content gets a little unwieldy. Spanning well beyond a practical width. Containers can be dropped inside our sections to keep everything neatly bound and organized.