By Top10BestDatingSites Staff
DatingDirect is a free-to-register dating website with a large user base and an extensive and detailed registration process, which caters to both gay and straight audiences. Offering personality tests, mobile functionality and a wide range of communication tools as well as real life events offline near you, it is a great choice for lesbian singles looking for romance and fun online.
The basic registration is free and simple; setting up a profile took a matter of minutes, but could certainly take longer depending on how long you wish to agonise over the extensive, multiple-choice questions which allow you to define your interests, your personality, political views, body type and, of course, what you are looking for in a potential lesbian partner.
The website is easy to use, with loads of functionality all visible from the home screen, and a simple percentage chart showing you how much of your profile you have left to complete.
As well as the online website, you will also be able to access Dating Direct offline events, in over 21 cities around the UK.
We love the personality quizzes and compatibility tests on Dating Direct. Filling out a simple questionnaire will lead to a personality report, which will be automatically matched with other users. This process may discover potential contacts that the traditional profile will not. It’s also great that you can message your first contact for free.
The standard suite of communication tools are included – email, instant messaging and ‘winks’. On top of this, it is even possible to register on the mobile – a nice feature not always present on dating websites.
There are some standout features worth noting. It’s great that profiles can be connected to services like last.fm and WorldCat, so that you can go from browsing a person’s interests to actually listening to their favourite music at a click of a button, which definitely enhances the core activity of browsing profiles. It’s also nice that you can design a quiz for visitors to your profile to take – giving you another way to define what you are looking for.
Search functionality is included, allowing you to search for lesbian singles by a narrow range of criteria, or broaden them to include filters such as physical appearance or even favourite films and music, so you don’t have to rely on the matches generate by the website.
Deleting your profile permanently is relatively easy and the team to do a good job of eliminating fake profiles. As long as a user is careful, there are no safety concerns here. There is a FAQ section with a few safety tips on the right hand toolbar, but no dedicated safety page offering advice on meeting people safely or keeping your data confidential.
As is common with dating sites, creating a profile and performing searches are the only things you can do for free; if you want to communicate with your matches you must subscribe. Deciding on the right subscription option for you is largely a matter of personal preference. Obviously, it works out cheaper per month to pay for six months in advance, and if you can afford the initial outlay of £12.99 per month, this is the recommended option. 3 months raises the cost to £19.99 per month, and you can try full functionality of the website for 1 month for a one off cost of £29.99.
DatingDirect is stuffed with features and yet a simple and functional layout mean that the array of options never seem overwhelming. It has a huge user-base, giving it a broad appeal: it is likely that most people will be able to find a match to suit their preferences from the wide pool of lesbian singles on the website.
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The Top 10 Best Dating Sites staff are your guides to the world of online dating websites and services. The team navigates the world of online dating and share their findings to help readers find online dating success. Our team includes dating experts James Preece, Laurel House, Ken Solin, Nida Sea, Vanae Tran, Carmelia Ray and many more talented writers. Top 10 Best Dating Sites staff have extensive first-hand experience in: signing up for and using various online dating sites; researching the ever-growing online dating market; and copywriting and editing for various online and print publications about online dating.