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Njeri Cooper
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CSS Flexbox Nav Bar - Building a Blog, Part 1

CSS Flexbox is a uni-directional way layout components of your website one at a time. Elements can only be ordered in either a row or in a column when the display is set to "flex" then ordered and spaced to it's desired position. For ease and brevity, I quickly learned the importance of creating containers for all of my items/child elements.

The first feature I tackled in creating my blog was the nav bar. Creating a nav bar in CSS Flexbox was simpler than I thought. Here's a snippet of the code I used.



For the nav bar, I didn't need to style the nav container itself, instead, we're just going to apply flex as the display for the nav items. "Flex-flow" is a shorthand element that combines "flex-direction" and "flex-wrap". It determines whether the direction is going to be in a horizontal row or in a vertical column and also if the items will wrap around to the next line, wrap in reverse, or not wrap at all.

"nowrap" is the default, so I changed it to "wrap". I also applied a wrap to the row for responsitivity (hamburger menu for mobile coming soon).

"Justify-content" sets the alignment of the items in the container. Just like with text, there's right, center, and left, but we use "flex-start" to align items towards the beginning, "center", and "flex-end" for alignment towards the end of the flex container; there are a few other options that set the spacing of items, but they are not necessary here. For this nav bar, I chose "flex-end" for the nav-items and added 1 em of padding between each a tag.

For demonstration purposes, I changed my original colors so they'd stand out more.

If you know any other cases for flexbox let me know on Twitter

Prefer video? Watch me code on Youtube

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