Choosing a dating website is a little bit like choosing a new outfit – there are lots of things to consider; why do you want it? When will you use it? And how much are you willing to pay?
When it comes to online dating, signing up to the right site is essential, so it’s important that you identify your needs and consider the following factors before you choose the dating website for you.
1. What are you looking for?
Before you start thinking about which dating website to join, you should first of all take a little while to consider what you’re looking for.
Are you looking for love? Would you just like to have fun dating new people? And what’s important to you in a partner – their age, interests or beliefs?
1 in 4 relationships start online, so it’s no wonder there are lots of dating websites to choose from.
While most sites have people from all different walks of life, some are specifically tailored to people searching for matches of a particular religion, a specific age range or similar interests.
2. How much time do you have?
Life can sometimes be a bit of a balancing act. With your career, friends and family life to squeeze into your days, you might be wondering when and where you’ll find time for dating – that’s the beauty of dating online.
You can approach and respond to members you like the look of in your own time, allowing you the opportunity to ponder what you’d like to say and when you’d like to send it. Kate Taylor offers some great advice on writing emails that get replies.
Many dating websites – including match.com – have an instant messaging feature, so you can chat to other members who are online at that time. Being online as much as you can will give you the best possible chance of meeting lots of people to speak to and potentially date.
Plus, if you’re constantly on the go, you might like to join a dating website with an app or mobile site; match.com has both, so you can browse peoples’ profiles, update your account and chat to matches wherever you are, whether you’re waiting for the bus or on the train to work.
3. Do you want to pay for online dating?
With lots of free dating websites available online, you might be wondering whether or not to opt for a site that requires a subscription.
The thought of paying to meet people might take a little while to get your head around, but think of it this way – you’re investing money in meeting someone potentially special.
As a rule, free dating sites don’t tend to have the resources or technology in place to help you find who you’re really looking for. Plus, people who pay for an online dating subscription are making a commitment and are therefore more likely to regularly return to the site, than those who choose a free dating site.
Dating websites like match.com allow you to search for matches based on your specified interests and show you the people who are most suited to you. Plus, you can set up your profile and get a feel for the site before you make any payments, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting for your money.
For more advice head back to our dating section, or read more of our dating blogs!