Responsive vs Adaptive: Which Website Design Should You Go for?

One of the difficult questions to pick out a right answer, when we consider the choices of making a perfect website design pattern these days may be between the superiority of responsive and adaptive. 
Professionals working at many of the website designing companies that are well-known for offering various kinds of custom website development services have a difference of opinion on the question. Some talks high of responsive web designs as a whole, and other stand for the use of adaptive website design. 
In short both these web designing patterns have their own merits as well as demerits. Let us dig into the differences between both of these patterns, and find out which suits website development activities the best?

Ever Changing Responsive Website Design

Optimal viewing experience offered by the responsive website design makes them stand out of all other website building platforms. The screen resolution of devices is not a matter of concern for a responsive design. 
The entire working mechanism of responsive website design can be compressed to a single word, namely ‘fluid-grids’. The web layout created using fluid grids will automatically adjust to the screen-size of any devices. You will find only single web layout at work, and it resizes itself according to the nature of screen resolution of the device.
CSS3 media queries are utilized in designing responsive layouts to react with so much of flexibility. According to the browser utilized by the user this fluid grids shrink as well as resizes the contents in a web page.

Adaptive Web Designs Having Some Minute Changes

Adaptive web designs work with the help of multiple web layouts. There is no single layout like the responsive website design. While designing adaptive websites, a web developer creates multiple web layout for different screen sizes. 
All these web layouts will be created in advance. Say it has mobile oriented layout, a tablet based layout, and a desktop based web layout. When a relative web layout is called by the user, it automatically detects the device’s resolution which is handled by the users, and opens accordingly. 
The working nature of a responsive website design is different from an adaptive website design. A collection of static layouts that are positioned on breakpoints contributes to the working of adaptive web layouts. 
Here developers create web pages based on three ranges. Say, 320 pixels for Smart phone devices, 760 pixels for tablets, and 960 pixels for creating desktop browsers. 
According to the browser window used by the visitor, an adaptive web design works. It takes some time, and never loads in an instant. After identifying the browser-size and the device resolution, it displays the apt web layout.

Which Web Layout You Should Prefer?

Before selecting a perfect web pattern for the clients, a web development company should consider several aspects. If you are planning to design a website within a limited budget, adaptive layouts will suit you the best. It is less flexible, but can be built within a little time. Web developers can create adaptive layouts so quickly. 
A web developer should be very much clear that the website he is going to design comprises of very few images, and is not for providing optimal experience. Hence the adaptive layouts will prove better for him. 
If a web developer gets sufficient amount of time as well as money to complete the web development process which demands optimal viewing experience, a responsive website design will be a great choice. It has fantastic flexibility, speed, and SEO friendliness, but consumes a lot of time and money.


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