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Example of Adaptive Web Design

Our team has recently finished our new U.S. based webpage that demonstrates what it means to have a truly adaptive web design. We also took into consideration the growth of Internet usage on mobile phones, we have optimized our site for mobile devices. Check out our site on your mobile phone or tablet and see the results for yourself!

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Adaptive Web Design and mobile devices

So  let’s start with understanding the problem of website display on mobile devices.

Majority of mobile devices use zoom when the website content cannot be displayed in the actual size. This is how it usually looks on your phone:

responsive adaptive web design on mobile device

As a result you need to zoom, scroll and move around the page a lot to find information you’re interested in.

To avoid those inconveniences, you can apply one of the options listed below. They will help you deliver the web page already optimized for the right dimensions and features.

1. Website mobile version development: might be the best option in case it’s too complicated or impossible to optimize already existing website version.

2. Mobile application development: such a solution is the most efficient for web portals or social networks and implies bigger investments.

3. Optimization of the basic website version for each mobile device taking into account its unique attributes and features.

So, what’s the adaptation about?

First of all, after detecting the type of user’s device, we can easily reconfigure performance of basic scripts. After doing that, scripts will properly respond when touching the screen (for example Parallax-Scrolling for iOS) and not overload device’s processor at the same time.

Removing useless elements to create adaptive responsive web design

Secondly, after detecting dimensions of a browser window, we disable zoom option and can ourselves manage the website appearance on the device .

Next step is to recode the page so that its content would perfectly fit to the screen. As a result we get the following web page versions: (webpage displayed on PC, web page displayed on Iphone 4, responsive/adaptive web design)

desktop and mobile appearence of adaptive responsive webdesign

As you see, after a minor website redesign we get excellent text readability, convenient navigation and easy-to-use menu. In other words the website becomes user friendly and allows to view the content easily.

Nowadays you may find a lot of different CSS-engines, which support adaptive web design. The most popular of them is Twitter Bootstrap. Among the others are:

Responsive Grid System

1140 CSS Grid

Skeleton

Frameless Grid

Gumby Framework

Foundation 3

However, if you don't want to deal with these complicated technologies on your own - just call and leave it to us. We know how to create great mobile website versions, responsive and adaptive web design that will not frustrate our customers.