The cost to join depends on your location, and you must register and click “subscribe” to see the prices.
But generally, a one-month subscription costs around .99; a three-month subscription costs about .99 per month for “standard” or .99 for “value”; and a six-month subscription runs about .99 per month (standard) or .99 per month (value).
To help answer that question, keep the following in mind: Free sites are geared toward casual daters, while paid sites tend to be for people looking for a serious relationship.
Of course, it’s not always that simple, and there are exceptions.
You may even find that online dating isn’t right for you – if that’s the case, all the better to find out without investing much into the process.
Free sites generally offer more flexibility for different types of relationships, including casual hookups and same-sex relationships.
The more questions you answer, the more information the site can use to match you with others – and the more others can determine whether you are a match for them.
When someone contacts you, you can see how much of a “Match,” “Friend,” or “Enemy” they are based upon how their answers compare to yours.
As a nonpaying member, you can purchase “coins” to spend on additional features such as boosting your profile in search rankings, or sending virtual gifts.
Also, while free members can browse, wink, and respond to emails they receive, they cannot initiate emails.
For example, keywords can include topics such as “wine tasting,” “historical fiction,” or “travel.” You can browse and “wink” at members for free, but you must subscribe to contact members via instant messaging or email.
One benefit of is that users can browse for same-sex relationships; however, regardless of preference, there is no way to know what type of relationship someone is looking for, whether casual or serious, unless they specifically state it in their profile.
Being divorced for several years, I have tried my hand at online dating, experimenting with a number of different sites, and I know from experience that for someone new to the process, it can be rather intimidating and confusing.