By Bryan McNair
When you’re an older person, it’s more likely that you will have tired of any random flings, and instead to looking for a more stable, loving union. Many such people make Matchmaker.com your choice of dating site - and it isn’t difficult to see why. This is a site that is very much about getting long-term, marriage-minded people together. Even the site itself is long-established, having been the first online dating site back in 1986. What you’ll be much more interested in, though, are the features helping you to find the perfect match right now.
Everything you expect to find in a good senior dating site, you are likely to encounter on Matchmaker.com. As soon as you log into your account, you’ll be greeted with a series of dating profiles, and on each one, you’ll find information ranging from the prospective date’s spiritual goals and expectations from their date to where they would actually like to have a date in their local area. You can find the person’s photos and details like eye color and ethnicity, alongside recommendations of other members that might take your fancy.
Edit your own profile and upload a photo to increase your chances of finding a great match, or look at the most recent additions to your favorites list. There are also various matches and search options. Matchmaker.com admittedly isn’t absolutely bursting with features, but it does the basics more than well enough, which only makes it even more suitable for those mature daters tired of the more complicated dating sites.
The site doesn’t conduct criminal background checks of its members, although it does publish a list of safer dating practices so that you can more easily take steps to protect yourself. The absence of actual names from the site helps you to maintain anonymity if you so wish.
From the homepage, there’s a simple form to fill in to register with the site for free, as you are asked to disclose your gender, the gender that you are interested in, your zip code and an age bracket for matches. You will then be directed to a page asking you for a username, password and email address. You can also upload a photo at this stage, although it you could also leave it for later. You’ll then be asked to provide further information about your appearance, faith, occupation, education and finally, your date.
Even the top-level one year option is very affordable, so you can take advantage of mature dating from Matchmaker.com for much better value than you might think. By upgrading, you’ll be able to send instant messages and emails and enjoy a high ranking in search.
|OPTIONS||TOTAL COST||COST PER MONTH||SAVINGS|
|3-Month Membership||$59.95||$19.98||33.3% ($29.90)|
|6-Month Membership||$89.95||$14.99||49.9% ($89.95)|
|12-Month Membership||$119.95||$9.99||66.6% ($239.45)|
A basic and unfussy design helps to make Matchmaker.com very easy to navigate, even if you aren’t very familiar with the Internet, let alone the wider world of dating sites. A blue menu bar across the top of the page gives you instant access to your messages, favorites, matches, search options and the Who’s Online page, which shows you who is presently using the site. Even account settings are easily reached via a link from the main page, and are largely covered on a single page.
You don’t need to go anywhere to search for other members, as even on the main page, there’s a basic search box right there, ready and waiting for you. Use this box to narrow down users by location, keyword and/or member status… or if that’s not enough for you, head to the dedicated search page, where you’ll be able to add such criteria as body type, horoscope and ethnicity. Or why not just take a look at the latest suggested matches, to whom you can say “yes”, “no” or “maybe”?
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