Adaptive versus Responsive Design

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These two terms are used interchangeably even though they are not the same thing. While Adaptive and Responsive design may have very similar goals, their approaches are different.

Adaptive

Adaptive design is server-side, meaning the images are optimized for specific screen resolutions before the page is even delivered. The server distinguishes what kind of device is accessing the site and loads the preset layout based on that device. A key component here is that it loads a preset and predefined layout; think of the different layouts for a laptop vs a smartphone, or a smartphone vs a tablet.

With adaptive design, the server hosting the website detects the devices making requests to it, and uses this information to deliver different batches of HTML and CSS code based on the characteristics of the device that have been detected.[1]

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