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DatingAgencyUK.com is a great mature dating site for single guys and girls over the age of 40. It looks very professional and polished, has plenty of useful features designed to get you meeting other members, and you can make a large saving by upgrading to a longer-term premium membership. The membership base of DatingAgencyUK.com comprises men and women from the UK, with partner sites in Ireland, Australia and South Africa.
The site caters for those who are looking for friendship and dating as well as people looking for a more committed relationship. It’s free to join and create your profile, just make sure you have a valid email address to verify your membership. There’s also a new Naughty Dates feature if you’re looking for something a little less serious.
This site is interested in members over 40, which is a little younger than some of the other dating sites in this category, however it still has plenty to offer (particularly if you are interested in someone around the 40 year mark).
The homepage is arranged in such a clear way that it’s simple to navigate and access all features even if you’re new here. The profiles have enough detail to give you some idea of what makes a member tick and you can create (or view) an introductory profile video (most profiles don’t have one).
One important profile feature is the last online statistic, which gives you a good idea of whether a profile is active or inactive. If you’re intending on meeting up with somebody, the distance and location information will also be important.
A couple of original features include a romantic and astrological compatibility report (upgrade required) that calculates the likelihood of you hitting it off with other members. Most profiles have at least one photo; photos mostly comprising good quality headshots that can be enlarged to an impressive size just by clicking.
The more you use the site, the better your chances of getting a date. The most active members of the day receive ‘recommended member’ status and are featured on the homepage and search returns. To get in touch with others there’s an email feature and a ‘wink’ (an automated message to swiftly initiate contact at the click of a button).
There aren’t any chat rooms but, judging by other sites with low membership bases (e.g. SilverSingles.com), they’re relatively unused anyway. You can also create a favorites list and, if you’re in a hurry, you can click on a button on a member’s profile to say that you’d like to meet them. It couldn’t be simpler.
Meanwhile, the ‘Encounters’ feature displays consecutive profile photos and you can click one of three buttons depending on whether you want to meet, maybe, or not. If you both respond with a ‘yes’ then you’ve made a match (free members limited are limited).
To make your browsing more efficient, the custom search allows you to specify a limited range of criteria to find other members (age range and location/distance). There isn’t an advanced search but there are tab searches (recommended members, latest members, members online now, latest videos, latest photos).
An especially useful feature is ‘Who’s Near Me?’. This feature displays members on a Google Map enabling you to view members based on their location and distance from you (upgrade required). You can view profiles and get in touch with members via the map.
To get the most out of the site you’ll need to upgrade. It’s worth considering taking out a longer-term membership subscription (e.g. 6-12 months) as the monthly fee works out far cheaper than renewing on a monthly basis (see above). You might use the saving to enhance your profile with a ‘bolt-on’ feature such as VIP status (profile enhancement in search returns), read notification (receive an alert when your messages are read), reply for free (allowing free members to reply to your messages for free) or contact for free (letting free members initiate contact with you for free). However, you have to weigh this against your chances of finding a date on a site that’s relatively light on active members.
A significant omission is a FAQs page, although most features are fairly intuitive. If you do have questions or a problem there’s a toll-free helpline (9.30am-10.30pm GMT) and email support too.
Membership numbers appear to have improved somewhat in recent times but it’s a shame that DatingAgencyUK.com doesn’t have more members as it would be vying for a higher place in our top 10 given the considered layout, useful features and attractive pricing options.
When we logged on there were over 200 other members online, which is okay but not amazing, particularly if you’re not based in one of the UK’s main cities. If you live elsewhere, then you can still use the site but it’s probably not ideal unless you especially want to meet someone from the UK or plan on moving there yourself.
However, if you’re hoping to find a no-strings date then the new Naughty Dates feature could come in handy. This allows you to locate and chat with members who are interested in casual dating rather than those who are looking for serious relationships.
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