SilverSingles – Dating Website Review

SilverSingles is designed and developed with senior members of the dating world in mind – catering mainly to members over the age of 40, who are actively seeking a new and long term relationship, or simply friendship and someone to share their time and interests with.

Members over the age of 18 may join however if they seek an older person to have relations with, although the majority of members are seeking other users similar in age. With an estimated 250, 000 members worldwide the site is still growing in its popularity, but offers enough of a diverse range of members to suit different needs and requirements. The site has a welcoming layout and design, which is both professional in appearance and easy to navigate and explore.

The site claims it allows members to meet others who share the same values and beliefs, build strong relationships with people near and far, and get to know other singles by communicating with them in a safe and secure manner. The site is committed to members’ safety, and has a 5 point safety program, which enables users the freedom and rights to report any abuse to the site, that any problems with the site can be reported immediately via a customer care number, and all transactions are secure and encrypted. Users also have the control to decide when and to whom they wish to share their personal information with. Before joining you may take a free site tour, to establish and familiarize yourself with the layout, and what the memberships entitle you to.

There are also a number of success stories on the main home page, from members claiming to have met their love through the website. These enable you to make an informed decision about whether the site has something to offer you, and whether you wish to try out a standard membership. There are three membership types, free, standard and premium. Free obviously allows limited access to some of the sites features, in order to familiarize you with the workings of the website and what it can offer. Standard is the next membership level up, which allows unlimited use of some features, including ones that are unavailable to free members. However premium offers unlimited access to all of the functions and services on the site, including VIP features. Although free membership has no time expiration, at some point you will need to upgrade if you wish to use the site to its full potential. This can be done at point, and upgraded on a month by month basis if you so wish.

However the downside to Silver Singles is the cost, which is quite high compared to other leading competitors. Registration does require some time and effort on the users part in order to present a complete and detailed profile. There are 5 stages of registration some of which include contact details, your location and other basic details about yourself and whether you have come on the site to find friendship or more. Other details do require deeper information including your background, lifestyle, hobbies, education and even your likes and dislikes. There is a ‘fun question’ section which enables you to pick and choose which questions will best express your personality, including favorite movie, favorite music, how you would describe your dress style etc! The final stages give you free range over the type of match you ideally wish to meet, as well as your approach to dating with topics covering your ideal first date, and even the body type of your perfect match!

Once your profile is complete you may then upload photographs, whether you have free or premium membership. Searching is expansive and there are a number of options for all three membership types. If you are not particularly fussy you can perform ‘quick’ searches which specifying a general search filter such as all members currently online, new members, those who have viewed your profile, members within a certain location proximity etc. Both free and premium members may also use the 2-Way Ideal Matchmaking service, which uses age range, location and gender to match two users together if they fit in each others search range.

Of course there is also an advanced search, reserved for premium members, which allows them to be more specific in their search listings, choosing which characteristics and traits are a priority, such as body type, sense of humor, what they like to do for fun etc. Once a search query has loaded a member may then begin to consider communicating with another user. There are a number of options available to paying members; however as a free member there is no way of initiating proper conversation without upgrading. However you may still send ‘smiles’ – the equivalent of ‘flirts’ to other users, and also send from a limited selection of e-cards to help break the ice! However; premium members have use of email messaging, IM (instant messaging), unlimited ‘smiles’ and e-cards and also live private and public chats.

Other features of Silver Singles include color coded personality profiles which help analyse your character and that of an ideal future match. There are also message boards, forums, blogs and events and meetings taking place with other site members. Silver Singles is a cosy yet friendly community website which caters to an ever growing target audience. With a number of helpful features and services there is no shortage of users to connect with, whether you’re seeking friendship or to find your soul mate.