Date.com is one of the online dating trailblazers — after all, they were able to secure the domain name. It started as a free online dating site until entrepreneurial spirit kicked in 3 years after making the site subscription-based.
The frontpage features a video of an attractive couple adoringly in-love. Looks legit, feels legit. It features a simple, easy-to-use interface.
To be a part of Date.com, you must first provide basic profile information. Your gender/sexual preference, location, and age. Date.com will then provide you a choice to continue your registration through your Facebook login — the shortcut, or through your email.
Some of the info that will be collected either from your Facebook account or you will be filling in manually is your email and password, date of birth, location, and display name. You will also be requested to provide a profile photo, or two.
You will also be requested to provide details about your physical attributes such as eye and hair color and your background/history.
There will then be a set of questions that will reveal more about your interests and preferences after which, you will be officially onboarded on the site. They’ll simultaneously send you a welcome email while back on the site, you’ll be directed to a tutorial of sorts on what you can do and expect from Date.com.
Date.com provides its free members the ability to create a profile and search through the sites’ singles’ database. There’s also those Mega Winks that allows you to send and receive templated messages to express interest. Free members can receive messages but not send them out though.
Sending out messages is only available to premium members so if you want to maximize the benefits of Date.com. you’ll only get it by paying up for a subscription. Premium subscription allows the user to access instant messaging, internal email, video and audio greetings, and the chatroom — which can either be one-on-one, group or public.
To enjoy these, you just need to pay for the premium perks:
- $34.95 per month for one-month membership
- $23.32 per month ($69.95 total) for a 3-month membership validity
- $16.66 per month ($99.99 total) for a 6-month validity
- $11.66 per month ($139.95 total) for a full year membership
- Curated matches
- Straightforward website layout and design
- Easy to navigate
- Fun questions to serve as personality test
- Matches based on personality questionnaire
- Real-time chat
- Detailed profiles
- Voice greetings
- Supports video uploads
- Significant user base
- Specify type of relationship you are seeking
- Mobile-optimized website
- Paid membership required to communicate
- Lengthy sign-up process
- No verification process, unsafe
The premium membership prices might seem pricey but Date.com provides all the basic features of a dating site and then some. Audio and video uploads create a somewhat safer atmosphere which can somewhat compensate for the lack of verification.
The site is user-friendly, nothing too snazzy but gets the job done of finding possible matches. The number of members ensures significant compatibility results and since online dating is a numbers games, the greater the probability, the more chances of winning — whether you’re looking for Mr./Ms. Right or Mr./Ms. Right Now.