Adaptive – graphic web-design, in the result of which we have different layouts for each device and, accordingly, different mockups. The target of adaptive design – optimal and comfortable interaction at the given devices and screen resolutions, comfortable user experience with the interface.
Web service is divided into the web part, frontend and backend. Adaptive design for the front-end part allows to establish rapid and flexible work with any device.
Web Part is a public client interface, which runs the end-user.
Front-end – interface for internal user and service management. Programmers, administrators, managers of the content (eg, the console service management, content management system) are working with it.
Frontend connects internal backend user – the server of the service.
Because of the similarity of the terms adaptive / responsive, it is thought that they are one and the same. In fact, there are significant differences between responsive and adaptive in the process of design and development.
Elements of the adaptive design of the page can be used interchangeably. This makes it possible to prioritize functionality: for the desktop version – complete, mobile – optional (complete, but first and foremost be seen the most important interface options).
Adaptive interface design is used for big multifunctional products and requires qualified specialists, responsive – for more “light” sites as easy to learn and implement.