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CSS - full width section background in wordpress

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Hello,

I'm trying to extend a content section's background image to be full width across the page. How can this be achieved with CSS?

I'm using Visual Composer plugin on a Wordpress site. (sorry I know. I'm just terrible at div structuring and CSS, suggestions to create this without Visual Composer are welcome)

Thank you in advance.

URL: http://independentraceshop.com/
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Which section?  I took a look at the site, but nothing really jumped out at me.

In general terms, you can give a div position:absolute with specific placement and a lower z-index.  That approach has some obstacles if it is further down in your structure, though.

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Sorry. The section below the slider image with the darker background image with the text Independent Race Shop and Services.

Can you elaborate further what the lower z-index accomplishes?
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Which element, specifically, are you trying to target?  None of those containing elements have a background-image set.

When you use position:absolute, browsers will automatically place the element in front of elements still in the normal flow.  You can alter this by adjusting z-index to move it behind your normal flow content.  

The obstacles that come with having it in the middle of the page structure are because position:absolute elements will use the nearest position:absolute or position:relative ancestor as their context frame.  If you have no such ancestors, then <body> becomes the context frame, and you'll have to set the top/left attributes to compensate.  Using a position:relative as a containing element can cause issues with other floats.  The exact approach really depends on the final look you would like to achieve.

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Thank you Steve this helps clarify the structure which is really helpful! Currently I removed the background image. Do you have any blog posts you can recommend that walk through an example of what you've just described?
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