When working with customers and developing scopes for projects, we often present two options for web design: responsive design and adaptive design. The two are commonly confused, and some may refer to responsive as a subset of adaptive technologies. Therefore, it’s helpful to make sure all parties involved are using the same terminology when talking about site implementation. Understanding the key differences between responsive and adaptive design will keep everyone on the same page and help you select the best approach for your project.
While adaptive design is quicker and easier to implement, it’s generally a bad practice to go about. It caters to today’s devices only and doesn’t make provisions for new devices with different widths that may be released tomorrow. Responsive on the other hand, works with every width between the smallest and largest versions. While this means much more work on the developer’s part to ensure there are no breakpoints within the site, it also means the website is much more likely to work properly on any new device.
Which one to choose?
The correct answer is totally up to you. Both adaptive and responsive designs are great choices to ensure that your site is viewable on both mobile devices and desktops while using only one site. If we had to pick one, we will choose responsive as it is totally flexible and works on both mobile and desktops with the same perfection. Contact us to know how we can make your website responsive today!