Dating direct first came live to the Internet in 1999. Since then; over 5 million UK single members are using the site and can now boast that over 5,000 conversations are held every day between members.
For our Dating Direct review we found that as you first enter the site, the initial page design you see is simple, bold but actually very effective- the representation of the photo of the man and woman in each others arms, symbolising the hope that this will end up being you. A few chosen colours and clear text, keeps everything categorised, which in turn made it easy to navigate my way through the screens.
There are a few simple questions about yourself to start your free registration. I would be very careful though when choosing a user name, I did have slight trouble as every time I tried to input one, the name was taken so the more original name you choose, the better and will save you a lot of time.
After a quick email verification the link leads you back to the registration screen where you are asked to upload or take a photo, you don’t need to do it right at that moment but they do say it increases your chances of interest at least 7 times more than if you haven’t got a picture. There is also a box that gives you the option of taking a quiz at the bottom of the screen, it is worth taking as the answers may give you new information about yourself and even if not other members can look at the answers you have given to get a better picture of the sort of person you are, and if you are brave enough there is even an opportunity to make up your own quiz questions! Which puts a fun slant on it.
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A detailed list of questions follows to complete your profile regarding appearance, activities that you are interested in doing, what you are looking for etc. Although some questions seem pointless it is advisable to answer them as full and honestly as you can, giving as much information as you feel comfortable with, as this increases your chances of suitable matches. I was actually very surprised at how quick, just based on the few specific questions posed; my matches came up on the screen. Photos of the compatible matches are shown with their profile opposite. You have the choice of skipping profiles if they don’t appeal to you, with a simple ‘are you interested’ option. You can also filter the results to narrow down your searches, with an option to revise their profiles based on age and approximate location.
Once you have seen a profile you are interested in, you have various options of communication, by either winking, chatting online instantly, send a message and adding to your favourites, whichever suits you best, all of which are as easy as clicking the appropriate icon, however unfortunately you will need to enter in to a subscription to be able to enjoy all those benefits.
However further benefits include being able to see who has viewed your profile, being able to reply and send emails and take part in the instant online chatting you are also safe in the knowledge that 1-the profiles are screened before publishing for appropriateness, which stamps out anyone that is using the site for inappropriate reasons and 2/at least you know that you are communicating with someone that, as they also have a subscription, you can be rest assured that they are as committed as you are to finding that special someone. Personal online safety is a huge priority and the Dating direct customer service team are dedicated to looking after you while you are using their services.
While I was looking at other members profiles and completing my registration, notifications popped on screen instantly to inform me of other interested members that were currently browsing my profile and it is also shown at the top of the page along with how many winks and/or emails you have received, again simplifying the process and giving you plenty more choices.
The payment plans that are available are far from complicated like some of the dating packages can be, offering either a 3-month subscription or a monthly one. However there are other bundles available which are clearly shown and all are great value for money in my opinion, especially in comparison with other subscriptions that are available through the big dating sites, they even have further numerous great offers that are available from time to time including discounts and promotional codes, and all of the offers and subscription packages are easily accessible and as a subscriber you are kept informed of these and updated regularly.
Dating direct has a strong, dedicated customer service team for any query or advice, they feature balanced reviews and success stories, along with advice and tips generally found by clicking on the relevant links. They are constantly updating their features in response to its customer’s needs and feedback and they regularly update you efficiently with any new information. Even though you are sent compatible profiles, I still feel you can be fully in control and can go at your own pace through the site, compiling your own searches and doing things how you want to. If at any time during your journey however, you feel uncomfortable with anyone you ‘meet’ online there are the options of blocking or even reporting that person to help ensure your personal safety.
Just in the short amount of time I was on the site for the first time, I had plenty of winks and notifications of members that had viewed my profile, Couple this with the precise and pretty accurate search facility and the highly active database, I would say the percentage of finding love is very high and you will without doubt find someone that interests you, to whatever extent, so the rest is up to you as they say!
If you are looking for someone, whether it is for fun, flirting or a long-term relationship, Dating Direct is definitely the site for you.