Responsive Or Adaptive Web Design. What Should You Choose?

04 December 2017

When it comes to web design, you should be extra careful while making a choice as it will ultimately affect your online presence, repute, traffic, and conversion rate and profits. One of important web design consideration is making a choice between adaptive and responsive web design.  You can only make the right choice if you know exactly what Adaptive and Responsive Web design are and how they differ each other. Adaptive and responsive websites are same, and both adjust the User Interface (UI) of the websites depending on the size/width of web browser window how they differ each other in the way they do it.

People usually ask web Development Company to recommend which one is better considering their project, design and budget constraints.

Responsive Web Design.

With responsive web design, your website will change its appearance based on its viewport within the browser. It is developed with web developers using the width of the browser as a variable ( that keeps changing) while determining size dynamically. A dynamic web design is entirely fluid that can adjust to viewport requirements without any issue with the size of browser window and screen.  It is developed based on the ratio based CSS rules to change style based on the size of the device that is being used to view the website.

Even if browser size is small as 450Px and as large as 5000 px, it will always fit itself to the specific ratio proportion of the window making it look good.

There are many benefits of this approach like no need to change code base for different devices viewing. However to for any web development company in Dubai responsive design more challenging to work with as they may have designed it for many number screen sizes while to some extent its true.

Adaptive Layout.

Similar to responsive web design, the adaptive web design will make your website adjust to the width of the browser but in the pretty different way.

Made up of multiple renditions of same web design and layout one specific for each size as chosen by web designer or developer. It`s all about jumping between similar layouts of different sizes.  It is developed with browser width assigned with different browser width known as anchor points.  These anchor points direct the browser to jump to next layout to display website effectively.

For this design, different layouts for at least six most common viewport width will be designed each for small, large and medium-sized devices. The largest width to smallest all is covered.

Unlike responsive web design that uses percentage and ratio, the adaptive design uses one layout per device or size and this way it adjusts different screen sizes through anchor point.

Which one to Use?

Adaptive web design is suitable when you are fixing your old website. If you have website visitors data available and you know what devices and screen sizes are required. In addition to limited time, budgetary limitation and other restrictions then using adaptive design will give you an edge.

In case you need web development company in Dubai to set up the new website and will start work from scratch, and it is better to design it with a responsive layout so that every user can be ensured to have a consistent and similar level of good experience. Although, responsive web design load faster and will require even more coding. Nowadays, most of the websites are being designed with responsive layouts as it offers better results.


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