When you say The Telegraph, dating site might not be the top of mind thought you’ll have. But yes, The Telegraph has a branch that deals with personals.
The Telegraph’s recall is mostly being a broadsheet and online news publication, but if you think about it, personals is a form of ads and classified ads used to be a part newspaper sections. Being affiliated with the trusted The Telegraph brand, they pride in their success stories and intelligent matching features.
To sign-up to The Telegraph Dating, you first provide the ‘I am a… Looking for a…’ information and adjust the age slider to the age range you’d like your potential matches to be, and your location. It will then ask for your date of birth, email, and nominated username and password.
After providing these, you will be directed to your local The Telegraph Dating landing page where you will be required to add in a few more information such as what you’re exactly looking to achieve or have through the site (marriage, friends, dating, etc.), your specific location up to the city level, your first name and last name and mobile number.
Once these were all provided, there are 5 more steps to finish to complete your profile:
- Step 1 – Physical description (built, hair and eye color, etc.), lifestyle (diet, drinking habits, etc.), cultural characteristics (religion, ethnicity, etc.)
- Step 2 – Information about your potential match (gender, age, physical description, lifestyle and cultural characteristics)
- Step 3 – Open-text questions about yourself
- Step 4 – Profile Photo upload
- Step 5 – Recommendation or references
- Step 6 – More additional user information (pets, tattoos, disabilities, aspirations, etc.)
An email with a verification link will then be sent to you to complete registration.
Once verified, you may log in to the site. The primary menu features four tabs.
The first one is connections which will display a summary of your profile activity. This includes the numbers of messages you’ve received, the number of profile visitors you’ve had, fans and/or mutual fans, favorites, and matches. The featured profiles/members will also be displayed here.
The Find tab allows you to view new, popular, online, and last updated members. You may also take control of the search by filtering the matches. A basic search will allow you to filter by gender, age, and location. Advanced search will let you screen further by astrological sign, physical description, lifestyle, cultural characteristics, or whether their profile has a photo (because c’mon, looks contribute a lot to attraction). There are also search options that allow you to look by keywords and even their username.
The messages tab lets you view all your recent and archived communications from other members of the community.
Free members get access to the two-way matches, who’s viewed your profile, fans, and read unlimited messages.
Standard subscription provides added perks of sending unlimited messages, access to private photos by invitation, sorting search results and search messages by keyword. It is available in four membership schemes:
- One month access for $29.95
- 3-month access for $71.85 ($23.95 per month)
- 6-month access for $107.70 ($17.95 per month)
- One year access for $179.40 ($14.95 per month)
But if you want to make the most out of your membership, for just an additional $12 per month, you allow just about anyone you message to the ability to reply to you. After all, the right one or the one right now might be lurking around but just didn’t have $$ to respond to your messages. So it’s best to cover all fronts.
- Curated matches
- In-depth personality test
- Verification options
- Advanced search options
- Highly moderated
- ID Verification
- Access requested private photos
- Some local versions offer apps
- Paid membership required to communicate
- Lengthy sign-up process
- Non-webcam supported
The Telegraph Dating exudes credibility as it is linked to the Telegraph,. They’ve also covered another important facet of online dating which is security and safety through their numerous verification processes.
They could seriously use a little boost on the members base side. There aren’t as many matches showing up. This could’ve been because of the tedious steps to finish registering to the website. While verification is important, perhaps asking 100 questions up front is hurting their member acquisition. It seriously felt like registering is never going to end.