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ADAPTIVE VS. RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

We received a lot of feedback from our readers after our company created a Responsive tool for testing websites for mobile adaptation. A couple of questions stood out from the rest:

1.   Our site was developed to be adaptive to mobile devices, yet when I use your tool, it doesn’t show the mobile version at all. Is there a glitch in your system?

 2.   I tried to use your tool on my IPad but it doesn’t work, why’s that?

We can assure you that our tool functions correctly based on the new Responsive methods, so what’s the problem? Let’s start by going through the difference between adaptive and responsive web design.

ADAPTIVE WEB DESIGN:

This type of web design focuses on the user experience rather than the browser or screen resolution being used. Using progressive enhancement, which incorporates a predefined set of layout sizes along with its paired CSS and JavaScript, it adapts to the identified device rather than the screen size. In basic terms, when you are on an IPhone viewing your company website that was adapted to devices, your website will detect your IPhone, will select the appropriate layout based on this device, then will spit out a version of the site no matter the screen size.

In addition, if you decide to change your phone to the newest version, your site may not necessarily support the new IPhone, as it was adapted to a different version, and you will be back to square one, with a site that doesn’t display properly on a device.

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RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN:

A responsive website design incorporates a flexible foundation, a fluid like structure that responds to screen size rather than the device. This include using flexible images, video, fluid grids which all allow the responsive site to adapt its layout automatically to the environment. The website fluidly changes to fit any screen resolution. This means that no matter that device type, your site will always be displayed properly on any screen, meaning that five years from now, your site will still be adaptive to various devices on the market.

Our Responsive tool incorporates this methodology into its structure and shows you how your site will look based on screen size rather than device type. This is why many sites that are mobile adaptive, display differently on our tool. In addition, even though many phones and tablets have a zoom feature that shows the entire page of a website at once, this type of feature will not be included in the results.

ERRORS

Our Responsive Tool does not work on every website because many sites do not respond to frames (which are the underlying mechanics of our tool). To ensure that you get the best results when using our tool, please make sure that you have the latest version of a modern web browser, such as Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

USING TOOL ON TABLETS

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If you are having errors when trying to test your site when you’re on a tablet device or mobile device, then please switch to a laptop or desktop. This tool is not meant to be used on any devices smaller than a 15” laptop. The reason for this is that this tool already compresses a website in order to show you the results on various devices, if the tool will be viewed on a tablet, then the tablet will automatically compress our tool and the results so that you can view it. Hence, a compression within a compression will simply distort any functionality of our tool. Our tool sees the request to view the results of responsiveness and without distinguishing the resolution of our tool to see the website, shows the version for the desktop computer.
ALL OF THIS IS CALLED «Responsive Web Design»
I hope to have answered some of the commonly asked questions without using too much technical jargon. If you are interested in making your website responsive to mobile devices then contact us for more information.

P.S. We also develop contact forms without capture (verification code) that annoy many people when trying to fill in forms. Our forms are fully protected from robotized spam!

CHECK OUT OUR TOOL:

http://www.acelloria.com/testing-responsive-web-designs-on-mobile-devices/

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