Sorry, I’m not sure why my post didn’t show up. I remember replying a couple days ago.
Anyways, Yes thats the downside of removing the padding/space from the left side of the links like that. The space that was there would show the border evenly on each side. Did you want to remove the border all together? Or try something different?
“Also with this widget system can I get a developer to create any piece of code and it can go anywhere I want? Eg. replace the search bar with an optin box?”
Yes, you can replace any section with whatever text, code, plugin, or whatever you need. The widget system in WordPress is “plug and play”.
Looks like you’ve been adding things in pretty nicely. Let me know when you get everything done….you can also add it to the showcase here – http://appfinite.com/showcase-your-site