By Top10BestDatingSites Staff
We’re big fans of Cupid.com over here. This online dating site intended for all singles over 18, attracts over 300,000 active members every month, which is a great middle ground between the faceless millions on the most popular sites and the small pools of singles you find on a niche dating website. With its unique communication and useful dating guidance, Cupid.com is a rising star in the world of online dating. What really makes this site stand out from the crowd, is the cool extra dating features like the fun and helpful Wingman Barney who can help you approach a crush, as well as the modes of browsing which include Incognito and Safe mode. Try the fun and addictive Q-Matching questions which are a great laugh to complete, and can help you find your next great match.
Some online dating websites rely on personality questionnaires, while others are a bit more ‘luck of the draw’ and match based on age and location alone. Cupid.com meets somewhere in the middle. They have a fairly quick sign up process, and let you find matches based on an algorithm which looks at some of your behaviour on the site-including your answers to Q-match questions. These are quirky and sometimes a little crazy, such as answering true or false to ‘My Hogwarts letter must have got lost in the post’ or sometimes a little real, requiring some honesty on your part like ‘I once dated someone out of pity for them’ or ‘I like a relationship where from the beginning it’s easy to see who wears the trousers.’
An easier way to find matches is to use Likebook. This allows you to scroll through potential profiles to see full-size photos and some info on what makes them tick. You can then click the heart to show interest, or the x to say no thanks, and on to the next. If there is mutual interest, Cupid.com will let you know.
In terms of communication, there are chatrooms to flirt in, plus instant messenger and inbox messaging to take things a little less ‘real time’. You can send winks and MegaFlirts to more than one member at once too.
Those singles who are eager to break the ice with their potential match but are either too shy or don’t know what to do in the first place, will surely love Wingman Barney. This is one of Cupid.com’s most original features, operating as a virtual dating assistant who introduces members to each other and helpfully nudges them to communicate at the site. This tool will help you draft the perfect first message and give ideas of the best approach specifically tailored to your crush. Part algorithm, part robot, part human-he’s not just a lot of fun, he’s a powerful dating tool to have on your side.
Another tool is Quiz matching, which allows members find their accurate matches by answering a series of funny questions.
Not getting the attention you want? Try upgrading with the help of Cupid’s arrows. You’ll get a king-size photo, a boost in the search rankings and be first in Likebook for singles to spot. It’s immediately apparent that Cupid.com is a lively online community with discussion boards, blogs, horoscopes, games, and fun contests.
The sign up for Cupid.com is medium length, but you should be in the site and browsing within about 10 minutes. You can make this slightly quicker by choosing to sign up with Facebook, which will have the added bonus of not needing email verification or remembering another password! Don’t worry, Cupid.com will never post on your behalf. You will be asked some basic questions about what you look like and what you want in a match. You can choose some pretty specific filters like their religion or employment.
Now move on to answer the same kind of questions about yourself. Include a profile story which can help you show some personality, and be honest about your life situation, lifestyle choices and physical appearance. Remember, there is someone out there for everyone.
Once you’re in the site, you can improve on what Cupid.com knows about you to help find better matches. One way is by using the Q-Matching questions. Another is to head to Cupid’s arrow and enter a descriptive answer about what makes you tick.
Cupid.com really cares about user safety, and offers a safe dating guide at the bottom of every page of the site. Here you can find out everything you need to know about using the site safely and approaching online dating with the right amount of caution. You can also learn about the Dating Advisors the website employs. These are members of staff who are available to chat 24/7 and can advise you on any online dating problems you might have. This is an extra we have hardly ever seen with online dating sites, and makes Cupid.com head and shoulders above in terms of safety. Paid members can use Safe mode to only communicate with verified members at the site.
Pricing gets cheaper the longer you sign up for at Cupid.com. The one month package is therefore the most expensive and will cost you £34.99. If you sign up for 3 months, this reduces to £29.99 per month, and then again to £19.99 per month if you commit to a 6 month contract. You can pay by credit card or PayPal, and pay online or over the phone if you prefer. Cupid.com is one of the more genuine online dating sites we’ve reviewed, and there is no sign of fake accounts or scammers, which gives it real value for money.
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The whole of Cupid.com is really beautifully designed, making it easy to use. Everything is accessible from the dashboard, which includes your profile and account settings, as well as browsing singles, heading to the chatrooms and using dating tools. If you have any problems, you can browse the FAQ section which is extensive, call for help by phone, send an email, or even chat to a Dating Advisor who should be able to help with any problems you’re having online. Try browsing in Incognito mode which keeps you invisible until you are comfortable using the site normally.
If you’re unhappy with the kinds of matches you’re receiving, or want to take the reins a little tighter, check out the powerful search tool on the top left of the screen. Here you can use a basic search which will find you matches of the right gender, age and location. We love the location search which lets you look for members who live in other countries too, a great option if you don’t mind where you date, or happen to dual locate or travel a lot.
There are then a number of advanced search tools. See who is online now, or who is new to the site. Search by Approachability which means what kind of a match people are looking for, including friendship or online fun. You can of course also search by physical appearance and lifestyle.
Cupid.com is a fantastic choice for UK singles looking for good value for money, great communication and matching tools and a fun place to meet singles for flirting and dating. Our fave extras include Wingman Barney, Q-Matching quizzes and the 24/7 chat support.
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