CatholicMatch can trace its history back more than 15 years, and is a great choice of dating site for those older daters who are otherwise struggling to find someone who shares their faith. As a conscientious Catholic, it will doubtless be important for you to find a like-minded partner as the basis for a long-lasting union, and the site offers a wide range of features helping you to ensure just that. They include the obvious, like messages and matches, as well as the less obvious, like daily readings and info on temperaments.
As it’s the obvious place, let’s start with your profile, which offers plenty of opportunity to open up about you, your life, your ambitions and your faith.
If you complete the sign up questionnaire in full, you’ll already have a reasonably full profile, but you may nonetheless have skipped a few bits, or not taken advantage of the chance to insert a good profile photo. There’s also the option to include a Personal Interview in your profile for potential dates to complete, and you can even take a Temperament test, another feature allowing you to find more compatible matches.
For even better matches, complete your Match Portrait… or if you’re sick of fiddling around with your profile and would just like to start meeting people, there’s a wealth of search options – which we’ll introduce to you in more detail later – in addition to an Inbox for those messages, likes and views. The site also consists of discussion forums where you can mingle with your fellow Catholic daters, and there are even the likes of trivia and polls to make each of your visits to the site that little more interesting.
The site’s email messaging and chat options allow you to get to know someone properly before you agree to meet. This is obviously good for safety – as is the absence of full names and exact location information on the public site. You can share more information, but a lot of it is thankfully optional.
The sign up process involves the sharing of certain vital information, such as your first name, last name, email address, a password, country, closest city, date of birth, gender and marital status. Signing up is free, and you can do it quicker with a Facebook account. Then, you’ll be asked to disclose your zip code and how exactly you heard about the site. This is followed by a succession of questions about such things as your faith, background, appearance and habits, as is necessary to give you the best possible dating experience.
Although the one month upgrade is certainly attractive in terms of short term price, it’s the six month option that comes with the CatholicMatch guarantee, whereby you can get six months free if you fail to find someone in the first six months. All paid packages come with such perks as the freedom to send unlimited messages and the ability to post messages in the forums.
|OPTIONS||TOTAL COST||COST PER MONTH||SAVINGS|
|3-Month Membership||$59.85||$19.95||33.4% ($30)|
|6-Month Membership||$74.94||$12.49||58.3% ($104.76)|
This isn’t the most difficult site to browse, even for a senior dater who might not do the whole dating site thing very often. The blue bar at the top of the page gives you access to all of the most important functions, including your Inbox, profile and search options. Your messages, matches, views and likes are easy to find to the left of the page, while at the top right, you’ll find a link to the settings page, where you can modify your email notifications as well as general settings, such as birthday wishes and instant alerts.
Click Search on that aforementioned blue bar at the top of the page to access the dropdown menu showing all of the search options that you’ll ever need. You might want to perform a basic search using such criteria as gender, age and location, or you may wish to dig that little deeper into the various appearance, background, lifestyle, faith and miscellaneous parameters. You can also save previous searches, perform a photo search or even search for a specific member. Meanwhile, if you don’t want to see a certain profile in your search results, just add it to your ‘hidden profiles’ list.
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