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With a few clicks of a mouse, your new profile on OkCupid.com is live and ready for people to check out. OkCupid is one of the most heavily trafficked dating sites on the internet. What is it about this website that has people flocking to create accounts despite a few flaws that will be discussed in depth? Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of this website will help you decide whether or not you think OkCupid is a good fit for your needs.
Setup a Profile for Free
Creating a profile is free on OkCupid. You have full access to the majority of features from the moment that you open your account.
Contact Members for Free
There is no charge for contacting other members. You are able to message potential dates immediately.
Open Communication Option
It is possible to open a chat box with potential dates you have added to your “favorites” toolbar. This option allows you to have a live chat without having to give offsite information to a stranger.
Although there used to be a forum section on OkCupid, it appears to be defunct after the last major update. The forum used to be a most place for people to discuss dating topics as a group to help each other improve success rates.
Quality of Search Functionality
There are nearly two dozen variables for you to choose from when trying to do a search for a date. The highly customized search engine helps users find matches that fit more in line with what they are actually looking for in a potential date.
Quality of Matching Functionality
Matches are based on two variables. The first is “friend” which signifies opinions between the potential match and you that are in agreement. The second “enemy” on the other hand represents conflicting opinions between your potential match and you. These variables are determined by how you answer questions presented to you in the “improve your matches” section of the website.
Quality of Individual Profiles
The profile template is easy to figure out during the account creation process. All you need to do is fill in the blanks and upload a photo to be on your way to start searching for potential dates.
Quality of Member Profiles
There are many spam profiles on OkCupid. While some spammers would be deterred by the costs of creating an account on other websites, there is nothing holding them back from creating fake accounts. Although OkCupid regularly tries to crack down on fake accounts, new ones sprout up every day.
Besides the spammers, most of the profiles seem appear legitimate. This is mostly thanks to a user-based moderation system that helps weed out profiles that aren’t up to par with community standards.
Website Ease of Use
Because there are so many users on the website at any given time, OkCupid is known to crash on a regular basis. Although it doesn’t happen as often as it did in the early days, it isn’t uncommon for you to try to log on only to find out that the servers are overloaded again.
When the website is working, the different components of OkCupid usually load properly.
The fact that OkCupid doesn’t cost a dime to join is a major selling point for the young adult crowd that tends to be the main demographic represented on this website. Dating websites have traditionally required a subscription to sign up. Having a free dating website is a major draw in the current economy.
If the basic features of OkCupid aren’t enough, you can pay $9.95 a month (6 month contract) to have additional features like more available messages, the ability to view profiles invisibly, and additional search criteria. Perhaps the best feature is that you can avoid seeing all the ads that normal views are exposed to while using the website.
While it is possible to report accounts that are harassing you, there’s no option to outright block a user that isn’t leaving you alone after you tell them to stop bothering you.
As with any dating site, use caution before deciding to meet someone in the real world.
OkCupid is an excellent website overall. Despite the spam accounts that frequent the website, it is one of the best free dating websites available. On a scale of 1 (dreadfully horrible) to 5 (amazingly wonderful), OkCupid gets a 4 out of 5.