Date.com offers a simple online dating platform without the distractions of other sites
Date.com offers the simplest online dating site among the most popular platforms. There are not quite as many features as on other sites but the trade-off is that the site is less expensive and less cluttered. While other dating websites have loaded lots of ‘bells and whistles’ on their sites, Date.com has kept it pretty much the same as was available in 1997.
The simple design is popular with a lot of online singles, more than 10 million profiles are on the site and tens of thousands sign up daily. The site caters to not just those looking for a serious relationship but also people looking for casual friendship, dating and different levels of commitment. This broader focus helps to attract many more people than are on other online dating websites.
What is Date.com?
Launched in 1997 as a free dating website and re-launched in 2000 under the subscription model, Date.com is one of the largest dating sites by number of profiles. The site operates globally but most singles are from the United States or Canada.
The site doesn’t target any particular relationship status or type of single as with some dating websites. This attracts a larger group of singles but also makes it more difficult to search through and find better matches. All relationship types and religions are represented and you can look for anything from casual friendship to dating, long-term and marriage.
Subscribers get access to all features, as opposed to different subscription levels on other dating sites. You can pay monthly, three-months, six-months or annually. As is usually the case, the annual plan is the least expensive per month but you probably won’t need 12-months on the site. The three- and six-month plans are the most popular and balance cost with time to find other singles.
- One Month $29.95
- Three Months $59.95 ($19.98 per month)
- Six Months $89.95 ($14.99 per month)
- One year $119.95 ($9.99 per month)
My Experience on the Date.com Online Dating Website
Date.com was one of the first online dating sites I tried, before eHarmony became popular but after I had already tried Match. I was on the site for three months in 2003 but checked in last month to see how the site had been updated to write this review. To my surprise, the dating platform really hasn’t changed that much over more than a decade.
That might sound weird compared to every other site on the web that is constantly changing and adding features but Date.com has built a name for itself as a simple online dating site. I liked the site for its simplicity and easy search feature.
I do think it could add a few more prompted questions on the profile process. I don’t think it needs the pages of interview questions you have to go through for an eHarmony profile but a few more questions about your personality and dating preference would help the system find matches instead of putting it on you to do all the searching.
It really comes down to a tradeoff. The simplicity of the site draws more people and means a lower subscription cost which all makes it more likely you’ll find a match…or two or three. The simplicity also means it’s mostly up to you to find that match so plan on spending some time searching through profiles.
What I like about Date.com
The biggest thing that sets Date.com apart from other online dating sites is its Date.info magazine blog. The site goes beyond the traditional blog that is available on other dating sites to offer articles by top relationship experts, surveys and the opportunity to interact with dating advisors. It seems this is where Date.com is putting a lot of its resources, into making the magazine a respected resource for online dating.
The Mega-Wink feature is interesting, sort of like throwing a net into a lake and seeing what you catch. The feature allows you to send out a wink to blast out a quick chat message to a group of singles. The site auto-populates the message or paid members can write their own. It’s a fun way to meet a lot of people quick and get more comfortable with online chatting.
Date.com offers one of the more generous free memberships among dating websites. You can create a profile and add images, contact others with email and use most of the features. Best yet is that it’s a free membership and not just a free trial so you can use the features for as long as you like. The only thing not available to free members is audio/video messaging, reading emails and your profile won’t show as highly on search.
Problems with Date.com
The site doesn’t go quite as far as others like eHarmony or Match.com with its personality questionnaire. There just aren’t as many prompted questions on your profile to establish your personality or dating preferences. This means the site isn’t going to be suggesting matches as well as some of the other relationship sites.
If you’re looking for this kind of computer-assisted matching, eHarmony is really the best with its huge questionnaire and automatic matching. Match does a good job as well and MatchMaker is about average. It doesn’t mean you won’t find someone on Date.com, just that you will have to look through the profiles yourself.
There is also less ID confirmation and background checks on Date.com compared to the other online dating websites. Your contact information stays private unless you share it with someone but it’s on you to make sure people are who they say. On any online dating site, you should meet people in a public place at least the first couple of times you meet.
Date.com Review Summary
Overall, I liked my experience on Date.com and went out with quite a few different women over the three months. One resulted in a long-term relationship so that’s more than I can say about other dating websites I’ve tried.
- Great magazine-feel to the online blog page with lots of extra features
- Mega-Wink helps to get things started and meet people
- Good free membership options with most features included
- Fewer profile questions you auto-match people in the system
- Less ID confirmation and background checks on profiles
Date.com is a good place to start online dating, especially if you are looking for less committed dating. The other dating websites are more focused on specific groups and people strictly looking for long-term relationships, limiting the pool of singles on their sites. There are a few things I’d like to see improved but overall Date.com offers a simple platform for a simple need, meeting singles online for dating and relationships.