Responsive VS. Adaptive
By Amir Glatt, Co-Founder and CTO of Duda
When designing and building a website today, it’s essential for enterprises to think about how users will access their website – will it be from desktops, smartphones, tablets (or all three)?
What’s not as clear to many, however, is the best way to achieve this state of cross-device compatibility. Two of the hottest approaches to implementing multi-screen websites are responsive Web design (RWD) and adaptive Web design (AWD), but there is a lot of confusion about the two. While some consider RWD and AWD to be competing, they are, in fact, complementary.
What is Responsive Web Design (RWD)?
RWD is a design technique that results in websites being displayed properly on any screen size.
The easiest way to determine if a website was built using RWD is to use a desktop browser and resize the browser window to the size of a smartphone screen. If the site reformats on the spot then you know this is a “responsive site.”