A great starting point for people who have not tried online dating before and want to try it for free. The site aims to get rid of the ‘cringe factor’ associated with having to big yourself up through your online profile and makes it more of a fun community, where like-minded people can chat, meet and potentially fall in How much does it cost? The experts say: For those who are at a loss as how to sell themselves in 500 words or less, this site offers the opportunity to be described by your friend.
It works on the premise your friend can sell you better than you can but they can also embarrass you too. This online dating site does exactly what it says on the tin and only people deemed beautiful enough will be allowed to join.
MSF has a more chatty style in the profile and gives you a greater insight into your potential date’s world. To become a member, applicants are required to be voted in by existing members of the opposite sex.
The message is sent to their email address from your username – your real name and email address are never shown.
Similarly you can receive messages from other members. In fact, it’s fairly similar to our old friends Match, mentioned above.
These messages will be from their username and not their real email address, protecting both your and their privacy. You can start looking at potential dates for free, then when you like the look of someone and fancy striking up a conversation, you need to subscribe. The experts say: This site is owned by the dating giant MEETIC and gives you access to 20 million members across Europe and it also merged with in 2009. This is sold as a serious online dating site for ‘discerning singles.’ A bit like e Harmony, PARSHIP uses a patented test, this time called The PARSHIP principle®, which analyzes 32 personality traits and is based on an algorithm of 136 rules.
Everyone who sets up a profile is a member on the site, but if you want to contact someone you need to be a paying subscriber. It’s free to join and browse matches but for a year’s full access, it costs £10.50 a month. It also has a handy instant messenger service which makes chatting to your matches easy and breezy. A daily email suggests six members you might be interested in, which is a useful feature that doesn’t feel like you’re being bombarded but provides you enough choice to find a compatible date. It sounds complicated, but that’s not for you to worry about. The experts say: Great for those looking for long-term relationships with professional people, users complete a personality test to measure compatibility with potential dates using psychometric analysis. Set up by two friends, Emma and Lucy, in 2006, Muddy Matches is aimed at ‘muddies’, who by the girls’ definition is ‘any person who loves the countryside and is not afraid of a bit of mud’.
Just sign up, do the test and get chatting to all those love-compatible people out there. Functionality is limited as the site is more geared up to helping you find a long term partner rather than flirting randomly with people you like the look of. There is also a specific gay version of the site for those looking for a serious committed relationship with a same sex partner. The criteria is pretty relaxed and the site uses a Muddy-Townie ratio to match potential dates accordingly.
So, someone who lives and breathes country air and despises all things concrete jungle would have a ratio of 100:0, but someone who lives in the city but loves to don their Hunters at the weekend might be a . £18 for one month, £36 for three months, £54 for six months and £72 for 12 months.
The experts say: If going on a clay pigeon shoot or country pub meal is your idea of a fun way of meeting new people then this is the site for you. Plenty of Fish works by asking users to take a special POF Relationship Chemistry Predictor test, which measures self-confidence, family-orientation, self-control, social dependency and easygoingness. The experts say: This is great if you want free access to a large database of single people.
It takes dating out of the city and into a more relaxed environment bringing the fun back into dating. You’re then matched to those most compatible to you. It has a compatibility matching system that includes areas such as self-confidence, openness and family. is the brainchild of TV presenter Sarah Beeny and it works by each member on the site being put forward and described by a friend.
No longer embarassing or, God forbid, cringe, half of all single people now use online dating sites to find love (or at least an easy hook-up… There are literally hundreds of dating sites out there.