Plenty Of Fish
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Plenty Of Fish

Site Overview

Plenty of Fish launched online in 2003 as a one of the first free online dating sites and today is one of the largest dating sites online. Currently Plenty of Fish boasts 90 million members globally predominately from the USA, UK, Canada and Australia. Plenty of Fish currently claims to have over 3 million active members online each and every day. With such impressive numbers it is no wonder it is still growing strong with an estimated 55,000 new signups daily. The site itself is aimed at those looking for dating, friendship and casual hook-ups of the heterosexual variety. Plenty of Fish has many of the same features shared by most online dating sites including instant messaging, private messaging, searching, a basic compatibility test and the more recent phone and tablet app for easy use on the move. The fact that this site is free makes it inviting to a wider range of users however membership can be upgraded for an additional cost to utilize its more advanced features. Plenty of Fish is a simple easy to use platform for people looking to try online dating without reaching for their wallet so give it a go!

Sign Up Process

Signing up as a user of Plenty of Fish is a relatively fast and simple process taking no more than 30 minutes on average and consists of a short questionnaire with the option to skip questions if you so wish and come back to them later at the end of the questionnaire. There is space for for you to write a brief self description and a ideal partner description, which requires a minimum number of characters. In the fill out instructions you will notice a warning against inappropriate sexual content and language, as the site aims to be kept clean. You will also notice a similar warning when uploading photos to the site. In regards to photos uploaded to the site, you are set at a maximum of 8 photos for free members and a maximum 16 photos for paid memberships. Photos can be made either private or public and can be removed or replaced at anytime very quickly and easily.

Site Features

User Blocking

User Blocking is available to all members both free and paid who wish to block specific users from contacting them.

Ultra Match

Ultra Match is a membership matching system based on your questionnaire answers, location and age. This will give you a list of the top 50 members that are most likely to be a potential match and is a free feature for all users.

Meet Me

Meet Me is a feature that lets you quickly browse members by photo only showing you one at a time so that you can choose ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Maybe’ on each photo .You will receive a notification is someone says ‘Yes’ to your photo, however you need to be a paid member to see who that specific member was.  

The Relationship Needs Assessment

The Relationship Needs Assessment is a multiple choice questionnaire consisting of about 50 questions designed to help you understand yourself better and to help you discover what type of relationship you may be looking for. This test is based on nine key areas including conflict resolution, relationship readiness, intimacy, independence, attitudes towards love, self efficiency, communication, sexuality and preferred expressions of affection.

Chemistry Test

The Chemistry Test is a more in-depth questionnaire to determine your compatibility based on five key areas and is one of the first questionnaires that most new members will be asked to take upon joining this will rate areas such as self-confidence, self control, easygoingness, social dependancy and family orientation and how open you are.

Costs /Membership Fees

Membership Type Total Cost Cost Per Month Extra Features
Free Membership $0.00 $0.00 NO
Premium Membership 3 months $38.70 $12.90 YES
Premium Membership 6 months $51.00 $8.50 YES
Premium Membership 12 months $81.4 $6.78 YES + SAVE $73

Safety

All information on Plenty Of Fish is encrypted and membership details are kept secure and never shared with any third parties.

Ease of Use

Registration is easy and fast and totally free. Once registered you can immediately start browsing, contacting members or looking at your matches. The site is full of hints and tips to help you along the way and although Plenty of Fish is not the most attractive dating site in appearance, most users can find and use all basic functions without much issue.

Pros

  • It’s FREE!
  • Popular and regularly visited site
  • Free memberships include all basic contact and search features
  • There isn’t much difference between the free and paid

Cons

  • Unattractive interface.
  • Personality assessment tests have to be completed quickly, or they time
 
  • Profile photos are small and unable to be enlarged
  • Easy to confuse popup ads for user profiles.

Conclusion

Plenty of Fish may have an unattractive design with lots of ads. However it is functional has a large active user database and most of the basic features of any other online dating site. Thereby despite the negatives it is an easy and attractive choice for those who want to find a date without opening their wallets.  
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