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Very simple to sign up & use
Large number of users
Old fashioned interface
Lots of scammers & fake profiles
Most features &communication only available to subscribers
An established but fairly basic dating site, that unfortunately doesn’t seem to have moved with the times.
Date.com has been running for 15 years now and as a result is well known and has a large membership rate. We took a look below to see if this is still a great online dating experience, or if the long years are starting to tell.
Sign up on Date.com is relatively simple when compared to some other dating sites. After putting in the most basic of information (Username, password, date of birth and location), there are a series of multiple choice questions to complete in the form of drop-down boxes, which relate to your looks and what makes you unique. For the more personal questions there is an ‘I’d rather not say’ option but these questions are few and far between anyway. You can also skip the step to upload a photo and there is no email validation process so you will be using the site after a matter of minutes.
Date.com offers a variety of ways to search or browse other members, which includes basic and advanced searches (where you can alter various parameters such as distance, body type, salary etc.). There also a variety of quick searches you can do to make things easier, such as browsing through profiles of people that are currently online, and those that are available for Instant Messaging, or by looking at who is new to the site.
Browsing through online members is very simple, and there always seems to be a large number of people online at any given time which can be refined by location and age. However, due to the large number of blank/fake profiles, this can be quite an arduous task.
Communication on Date.com is very limited without a paid subscription, as you cannot email another member without paying for one of the subscriber schemes. You can ‘show interest’ to another member, but the Instant Message and virtual gift features are also only available to subscribers.
There is a chatroom that is available to all members regardless of subscription. While this is a little old-fashioned, there is the option to broadcast video to other users, and it is a nice feature to break the ice with other users.
Whilst we didn’t see a lot of inappropriate content on Date.com, it soon became clear that there are a lot of blank/fake profiles and scammers, which is likely due to the simplicity of sign-up and that there is no email validation. Unlike other sites, profiles without images aren’t taken down quickly, and given the number of obviously fake profiles it doesn’t seem like there is a great deal of policing either.
Ease of use
The interface on Date.com is unfortunately quite dated and lacks the appeal that a lot of other dating sites hold. One advantage of this, however, is that the site is very easy to navigate as there aren’t a great number of sections/tabs/icons to click on, and with drop-down boxes used in the search functions, even the most inexperienced user will have no trouble navigating Date.com.
Help & support
The help section on Date.com is reasonably comprehensive, offering FAQ and a help guide sorted into support topics that cover the majority of questions you may have. If this isn’t enough there is a contact form, but no email address or phone number provided.
Date.com may well have been one of the better dating sites a few years ago, but today it feels tired and in serious need of an update. The positives are the ease of use and the large number of members that are online at any time, but unfortunately this is outweighed by the many negatives, such as the fake profiles and lack of communication for unsubscribed members. They need to look at bringing the site into the 21st century before we can endorse it.
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