FAQ: Advanced CSS Grid - Grid Template Areas

This community-built FAQ covers the “Grid Template Areas” exercise from the lesson “Advanced CSS Grid”.

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I’ve a question:

One task 4 - Use the grid-template-columns property to make the first column 200 pixels wide and the second column 400 pixels wide." Why does this code impact those specific grid sections and not all of them?

.container {
display: grid;
max-width: 900px;
position: relative;
margin: auto;
grid-gap: 10px;
grid-template-areas:
“header header”
“nav nav”
“left right”
“footer footer”;
grid-template-columns:200px 400px;

I am guessing that there is some sort of column separation occurring in the Header, nav and Footer sections. However, since those sections have been styled the same between the two columns, we are unable to see the differing column width values.

what is the difference between and .
and why doweuse

can you explain the elements

Is it possible to consolidate grid-template-rows, grid-template-columns, and grid-template-areas into just grid-template?

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In style.css:

.container {
[…]
margin: auto
[…]

Why is the grid not centered when we expand the browser window?

If I’m understanding the question correctly,

“header header” = (header)200px + (header)400px = 600px
“nav nav” = (nav)200px + (nav)400px = 600px
“left right” = (left)200px + (right)400px = 600px
“footer footer” = (footer)200px + (footer)400px = 600px

so grid-template-columns did work on all of them (everything grid-template related)

this section feels so daunting. They just throw an entire wall of text at you and don’t bother explaining every step. I feel like this lesson could benefit from being separated into smaller parts.

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I concur!!! It starts with a great steady explaining/learning pace to, what seems, somebody got bored writing this section or trying to explain things -then started dryly just throwing all the information out there at once…leaving user/learner struggling to piece it all together.
Meaning Codecademy is missing the point on this one. Not actually teaching (helping) they have essentially turned into a monotonous, dull, tedious, collegiate textbook that is simply throwing information out there without considering helpful means of explanation abandoning all thoughtful/creative techniques of information sharing. With no understanding that a ton of information was just put out there that randomly pulls from some areas and that all points seem to do the exact same thing… but not explaining/showing the gradual contextual build up.
Again, leaving the user to try and pull it together. And a collegiate textbook comes with a teacher…this has extremely poor guidance and zero explanation. Would never suggest this section to anyone looking to learn CSS. Book for Dummies would be a better source than this random toss-out of a poorly designed course…