We've picked out the 12 best dating sites for you to try – and there really is something for everyone.
This site provides quality over quantity and is great for those looking for a long term relationship.2. match is the most widely-used online dating site in the world and has nearly 1.8 million subscribers.
It works in the most traditional way: Simply create a profile, check out your potential matches, send them a few messages and then arrange to meet for a date.
There are also various off-shoots of with microsites for gay and lesbian dating, Asian dating, Christian dating and Polish dating. The experts say: For those nervous about dating, this site puts the control in your fingertips allowing you access to thousands of profiles and the ability to chat to potential dates at the rate which works for you.
The love-gods at match also arrange singles events and provide online dating advice. It is well known and therefore attracts a wide demographic, allowing you to widen your dating pool or limit it with their advanced matching facility.3. Lovestruck helps you target potential partners according to location and it covers many of the major cities across the world.
Similarly you can receive messages from other members.
These messages will be from their username and not their real email address, protecting both your and their privacy. In fact, it's fairly similar to our old friends Match, mentioned above.
Everyone who sets up a profile is a member on the site, but if you want to contact someone you need to be a paying subscriber. It's free to join and browse matches but for a year's full access, it costs 10.50 a month.5. You can start looking at potential dates for free, then when you like the look of someone and fancy striking up a conversation, you need to subscribe. The experts say: This site is owned by the dating giant MEETIC and gives you access to 20 million members across Europe and it also merged with in 2009.
It's aimed at time-starved professionals, who due to busy work and social lives simply don't have the time to date.
Lovestruck helps put you in touch with people who are near you be it where you work or live to save you precious minutes or hours travelling to and from a date. The experts say: Perfect if you are looking for love in the city and want to approach dating with an informal first meet in your lunch break or after work. Choose a username (a screen name or alias) and set up a profile describing yourself and the type of person and relationship you are looking for.