Choosing A Web Design: Responsive Vs Adaptive

Mar 1, 2016 · 2 min read

Responsive web design Vs Adaptive web design: which should you choose? In our multi-device, multifaceted user society, we face increasing pressure to keep users happy (and connected), all the time: no matter where they are or what they’re doing. Luckily, we have a variety of tools at our disposal that help us to keep on top of this. But with all the options out there, it can sometimes get a bit overwhelming. The design concepts of Responsive and Adaptive are quite different, so how do you pick the most suitable? Well, it totally depends on you and your business, of course. Why not try finding your solution through prototyping, where you can test both of the designs out early on.

It seems that sometimes we interact from different planes of understanding and we get lost in the specifics. So, let’s take things one step at a time. First things first: let’s agree that responsive sites and adaptive sites are similar in that they both change appearance based on the browser environment they are being viewed on — they both intend to make your web page look good on multiple devices (desktops and mobile devices alike). But, let’s be clearer: whilst responsive websites respond to the size of the browser by fluidly adjusting the placement of elements on a web page to best fit the available space, adaptive websites adapt to the width of the browser at specific points, based on the size and capabilities of each device. Responsive Vs Adaptive: this debate keeps coming up in web design conversation, but there is no straightforward answer. Let’s take a look for ourselves.

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