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Responsive Website v/s Adaptive Website

September 25th, 2013

The newly appeared Responsive web design has become the most discussed topic among the designers and developers. The reason behind its emergence is the “amazing growth of mobile usage”. Today’s generation is more likely to access the website through their smartphone, tablet, iPhone etc instead of laptop or desktop. The wide use of handheld devices has compelled developers to bring some innovative software and here is the “RWD”.

Now you might be confused between responsive website and adaptive website isn’t? Well let’s discuss the difference between responsive website and adaptive website design but before that here are their exact terms (definition).

Responsive website

Responsive web design is an approach that helps user to have a look of a website on different screen sizes. It quickly responds to the user’s behavior and environment based on the gadget. It is a method comprises flexible grids and layouts, images and an intelligent use of CSS media queries. All these elements automatically switch to accommodate for resolution, image size and scripting abilities as per customer’s use. Now the websites can automatically respond and adapt to any device with any screen size, no matter what the device is iPad, smartphone, mobile, laptop or desktop.

Adaptive website

In adaptive website predefined sizes are required for different layouts and there are three to four break-points are that accommodate desktop, tablet and mobile screen sizes. The information is passed to the server for device’s specs, and a page adapted to that device is returned, it certainly use some of the same JavaScript/CSS techniques as RWD, but the content may be different / smaller.

Difference between Adaptive and Responsive website

The major different between adaptive and responsive website is “size”. In adaptive website, a specific or defined size is required for a particular device or browser whereas the responsive website responds and adapts any screen size or device.

Responsive Web Design: A Closer Look

September 13th, 2013

Responsive Web DesignIn epoch time of smartphone and tablets we are lucky to see the changing phase of internet. The emergence of high-tech smartphones, iphone, ipad and tablet has totally changed the ratio of PC’s and laptop’s purchase.  As these high-tech gadgets are enough capable to perform the same tasks as PC’s and laptop does therefore the demand of handheld devices has increased and use of PC’s and laptop is decreasing day by day.

People with this changing phase are more likely to use their smart gadgets rather than PC’s and Laptop as they find it more convenient. People are engaging more and more with newly designed handheld gadgets as they can even access internet and their favorite websites on it. By looking at the demand and scenario of these devices, the business experts are quite concerned over their websites.

They want their general website to be responsive so that their clients or visitors can access their website even on their smartphones, tablets and many more devices. As a result the “Responsive web design” is in lime light and its demand is very high. You can even say responsive web design has become the requirement of every website owner.

A responsive web design is a blend of layout and coding done in such a way that the website offers an optimal viewing experience to the viewer. It eases the reading and navigation of website with minimum use of resizing, panning, and scrolling. It is compatible to access on wide range of devices including, mobile, iPhone, iPad, Tablet, Laptop and Monitors. Responsive websites are made more sophisticated in use.

Benefits of Responsive web design:

Usability: The chief benefit of responsive design is its flexibility as it is easy to access on different screens.

Easy to maintain: As there is only one website for desktop, mobiles, tablets etc so it becomes easy to maintain rather than updating all versions differently.  It is even easy to add a new web page, editing content etc for all versions at the same time.

SEO: Instead of building links and optimizing content for multiple sites, responsive design creates a single model that is simple to update and optimized for all devices, which offers a better seo on the website.

Boost sales: Easy and convenient access to the website through the handy devices enable customers to often visit the site anytime, which boosts the sale nicely.

Responsive web design have become must for all because of these reasons and in upcoming years we will see some more innovation and features in this new website design. Despite of some good things in responsive design there are some hiccups with it.