“PlentyOfFish is the world’s largest dating website. We record more monthly visits than MeetIC and Match.com combined. Our members visit PlentyOfFish approximately 14 times a month. More than double the average visits to any other dating site.”
– Meet Me & Quizzes
– Many free features
– Chat with users
PlentyOfFish has been around since 2006, and is considered the first real free dating website. PlentyOfFish is a simple site, but is slow-loading, and poorly designed compared to others — I had to reload the page several times to submit forms, and many elements seem to be sloppily placed on the page. After five years of being around, a dating site like PlentyOfFish should catch up with the game and get a makeover. So, what do you get with PlentyOfFish? The site is free, with a subscription option if you’d like to be at the top of search results, as well as a few other perks.
PlentyOfFish’s initial sign-up process is relatively simple, requiring a username, password, email, and birthdate. Past that, you’re asked to provide a few basic things like what you’re interested in, your marital status, orientation, looks, etc. You’re also asked to provide a photo, tagline, description, interests, and ideal first date.
Who are you?
What’s your ideal first date?
PlentyOfFish profiles are very simple, but not very well laid out
Something that really put me off during the sign up process was uploading a photo. It seems simple enough, but the site’s main offering is a Flash photo uploader that doesn’t work very well. There’s an option underneath to upload a photo using a simpler uploader, and I was able to upload a photo instantly with that tool. Keep in mind that with the free membership, you’re able to upload only 8 photos. Upgrade for the option to upload 16.
Upload a photo and receive more interest in your profile
When you sign up to PlentyOfFish, you’re not required to fill out any match-type questions, but you’re given the option to fill out a few questions that the site uses to match you with others — I don’t believe it’s enough though. PlentyOfFish asks for your income and birth order for behind the scenes matching, but doesn’t share this information publicly. I honestly feel like there’s so much more to matching than that, and although they state that the chemistry test results are used, that isn’t even required in sign up.
Meet your match
Search your matches on PlentyOfFish by the basics (age, location) or using the advanced search feature (zodiac sign, appearance).
Search by the basics
Looking for something more specific?
PlentyOfFish makes it easier to get a response from users with their Will Respond section. How is it done? PlentyOfFish takes a best guess at when these users will most likely respond and be online next.
Get in touch with users who will be likely to respond to your messages
Sift through users by checking out their photo and a quick summary of their stats — choose Yes, No, or Maybe.
Do you want to meet them?
Learn more about yourself with PlentyOfFish’s quiz section
Learn more about your love interest, chemistry, relationship needs, take a psychological assessment, and sex test in PlentyOfFish’s quiz section. PlentyOfFish also uses the chemistry test to help with matching.
PlentyOfFish’s Chemistry Predictor: Do you get nervous easily?
What are your relationship needs?
As mentioned earlier, you can opt to upgrade your PlentyOfFish account, although it’s a mostly free service. As a paying subscriber, you can:
- Show up first on Meet Me
- See if your emails were read or deleted
- Use themes on your profile
- See who has viewed your profile and who has voted yes/maybe on
- Stand out in searches
- Send unlimited free gifts on email
- Earn credits
- Upload up to 16 photos, up from 8
- Free features
- Personality quizzes
- Many users
- Slow-loading site
- Poor design
- Matching is based on few specifics
- Some ads
- 3 Month Membership: $11.80/mo
- 6 Month Membership: $8.50/mo
- 1 Year Membership: $6.78/mo
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