What is the Difference Between Responsive and Adaptive Web Design?


responsive vs adaptive web design

Studies have shown that reading articles on mobile or tablet are becoming more popular among users. When designing for a website, one must consider how it would look like on both desktop and mobile. In this case, you would like to consider the following: is your website going to be responsive or adaptive? We’re here to tell you the difference between responsive and adaptive web design.

responsive vs adaptive web design
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Adaptive Web Design

Adaptive web design consists of layouts that are designed specifically for each screen size. In most cases, people do 3 – 6 iterations of layouts for mobile, tablet, desktop screens and those in between. There are so many screen sizes between different brands of phones, tablets and computers. If layouts weren’t specifically designed for your device, it would look awkward on your screen. What adaptive web design also does is that it expands or condenses your content to fit the sizes in between based on screen size.

Responsive Web Design

You are currently on a responsive website. If you resize your browser, you can see that the images and text transition into the different sizes smoothly. Our website can be viewed on any mobile device or desktop screen resolution, including portrait or landscape orientation. Being responsive also means that your images will resize according to the screen size, instead of being cropped on the page. Text will also resize accordingly so it’s easier to read.

responsive vs adaptive web design

In short:

Responsive = Website responds to various screen sizes using a flexible grid system.

Adaptive = Website adapts to the closest set up available to the screen size.

As you can tell, we’re strong advocates of responsive web design. If you view our portfolio page, you can see samples of responsive web design. Our happy clients would be quick to let you know that responsive web design is the way to go.