By Top10BestDatingSites Staff
If you’re serious about online dating, you’re naturally going to want to choose a reputable dating site, right? Well, they definitely don’t come much more reputable than match.com, which is one of the undisputed granddaddies of the dating site world. With many millions of people using the site to find someone special, you definitely won’t struggle to find interesting and attractive people, whatever your age. Unsurprising for a dating site of such considerable clout, match.com doesn’t just do the usual messages and winks – it really is the complete online dating site.
Those older daters seeking the reassuring presence of certain time-honored dating site features – or even those embracing the online dating game for the first time – aren’t going to be disappointed by match.com. The usual email Inbox is present and correct, for example, as are the winks and likes with which you can signify your interest in other members. The Connections tab allows you to review the members with whom you have been in contact.
There are also DailyMatches for you to say yes or no to, alongside a wealth of search features – which we review in more detail below. Meanwhile, click Chat in the top right hand corner of the page and you can see the members near you that are available to chat right now.
The site also runs what are known as Stir events, chosen on the basis of what you like and where you live. Whether it’s dance lessons, cooking classes, wine tastings or happy hours that you gravitate towards, you’re sure to find an event of interest here. However, bear in mind that invitation to most events does depend on having an approved profile.
Unlike many free sites, match.com has a hardworking fraud detection team constantly scanning the site for suspicious behavior. It has also published a series of online dating tips, and has partnered with the National Cyber Security Alliance to emphasize the importance of remaining safe when using the site.
The free sign up process begins by navigating to the homepage and entering the most obvious details – your gender, the gender that you seek, an age bracket and your zip code – in the initial form. You’ll then be taken to another form requesting your email address, a password and your birthday, and finally a username. You can then get on with the creation of your profile, letting the site know where you would like to find prospective dates as well as a bit more about yourself, including your hair color, eye color and body type. A long questionnaire ensues, but rest assured that it’ll all boost your chances of a great match!
In addition to the following paid plans that bring such benefits as the ability to contact other singles and enjoy priority access to Stir events (subject to limitations), various bundle plans and extras exist. Best-selling options for your subscription include email read notification, first impressions and a highlighted profile.
|OPTIONS||TOTAL COST||COST PER MONTH||SAVINGS|
|3-Month Membership||$71.97||$23.99||44.2% ($57)|
|6-Month Membership||$125.94||$20.99||51.2% ($132)|
|12-Month Membership||$239.88||$19.99||53.5% ($276)|
As one would expect from one of the main pioneers of the whole online dating industry, match.com continues to think carefully about how it can provide a better user experience, and that extends to how easy the site itself is to navigate and use. While the left hand side of the page houses a sidebar giving you quick and convenient access to your matches, Inbox and connections, there are prominent links to Search, Events and Chat across the top of the page. A gear icon at the top right hand side also allows you to quickly reach the vast range of account settings.
You don’t need to make much effort to search at all – you could always just look at your latest DailyMatches, powered by an “intelligent matching technology” called Synapse. It ensures the continual improvement of your matches by factoring in your personality, preferences and actions on the site. But of course, there’s nothing wrong with using the site’s many manual search options either, from Go Search and Mutual Search to Reverse Search and DateSpark Search – with the latter looking for the date ideas that members have suggested on their profiles. Create your own and add a photo to boost your own chances of being found on the site.
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