You’ll notice how Lava Place looks and feels like it’s been created and designed during the haydays of AOL. The Times New Roman typeface screams primordial HTML and internet — and there’s something about AOL-time internet that screams lack of security.
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To be a part of Lavaplace, you’ll need to provide the usual basics: Gender, age, DOB, Location and an email address and password to be used to login to the platform.
After which a few more details like your marital status and children, and preferences when it comes to drinking, smoking, and food.
Finally, they will advise that you need to input your chosen email address so they may send a confirmation email. A confirmation email will arrive immediately with a link you must click.
Soon as you confirm your email address, you’re ready to peruse the platform.
Clicking on the Home tab will bring you to a page that shows a grid of possible matches, with a personals site search.
Heading to the Register tab will lead to a space that provided a lowdown on how to maximize LavaPlace.
The Search tab shows an advanced search function that allows you to fine-tune your potential match by keywords, gender, age range, location, zodiac sign, physical attributes, background information, preferences, and interests — and save the search settings into templates.
Clicking the Browse tab allows users to browse personals by state and country. Choosing any specific state or country will land you to a page that shows all the members within that specific location with basic details like age, last online activity, location, and an easy link to send an email to that member or add the member to favorites.
There is a Top 100 tab that leads to a page of possible matches. How they come up with the list of Top 100 members not specified – possibly some algorithm that considers the number of connections and popularity of each member.
The Now Online tab ensures that you can communicate with someone who can interact in real-time. Because really, who wants to leave a message only to have that person reply after a month?
The Places tab lists the top travel places in the world according to LavaPlace users.
The last tab in the menu is Help that shows a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
There is a second-level menu that allows access to your Inbox, Profile and Photos, members you’ve tagged as favorites, your travel destinations, and other important locations, and your account settings and subscriptions.
LavaPlace offers a paid membership subscriptions. Being a premium member has perks that include unlimited mail and instant messaging with all members, while basic members can only reply to messages from paid members.
Paid members also show up at the top of all search results before basic members. Basic members get listed after paid members in the search results.
Another nifty perk is the full access to high-res photos instead of the reduced-size and regular quality photos.
Premium subscription costs:
- Six months for $29.94 or $4.99 a month
- Three months for $17.97 or $5.99 a month
- One month trial for $9.99 per month
- Easy sign-up process
- Real-time chat
- Advanced search options
- Verification options
- Paid membership required to communicate
- Not much to do on the website
- Low member activity
- Non-webcam supported
One look into the homepage and you’ll find a couple of headshots of middle-aged to senior singles. Which perhaps says a lot about their audience. Nope, you won’t be finding milennialls around here that much.
There’s a whole lot of other choices when it comes to dating sites available that will give you everything that LavaPlace offers, minus the cost and without the fear of malwares getting to your system the way Limewire did or the risk of security breach every week.