Most services offer digital messaging, while others provide additional services such as webcasts, online chat, telephone chat (VOIP), and message boards.
Some sites are completely free and depend on advertising for revenue.
Others utilize the freemium revenue model, offering free registration and use, with optional, paid, premium services.
But if you’re new to online dating, the number of sites on offer can be overwhelming, making it hard to choose the best dating sites for you.
Related: Facebook Dating To get you started, we’ve hand-picked six of the best online dating sites that are worth trying out if you’re looking for love.
Simply pick three of your favourite artists, plus the gender you’re looking to date, and you’re away. £8 / month for new members Try now: from £8 per month How it works: Responsible for pairing up 2,000 new couples every month, Elite Singles delivers you 3-7 matches per day based on your personality, relationship preferences and location.
They also use a personality test to pair you up with the right matches, so you’ve got a good chance of finding someone you’re compatible with. £19.95/month for 12 months Parship How it works: Founded on 40 years of dating research, PARSHIP also employs a patented test known as The PARSHIP principle®.
Rather than a questionnaire, you answer simple ‘yes or no’ questions and input an ‘about me’ paragraph to get started, and the site delivers you potential matches with whom you can strike up a conversation. The site connects you with potential partners who live and/or work in the same area as you, saving you precious time when arranging and meeting up for dates. Prices start at £16/month Try now: OK Cupid from £16 per month How it works: Users take the Plentyof Fish Chemistry Test, measuring self-confidence, self-control, how much you value family, social dependency and how easy-going you are.
You’re then matched up with fellow daters who share the same emotional needs as you.
They also put on ‘Match nights’ where you can go and socialise with potential matches in real life. £12.99/six months Tastebuds How it works: If you’re looking for a partner who shares the same interests, in particular your taste in music, listen up.
Tastebuds enables you to meet and chat with compatible people who share your interests, as well as discovering new music while you socialise.
We asked our expert colleagues on sister site Marie Claire to give us their round-up of the best dating services on the web.