CatholicMates.com – Catholic Dating Site Reviewed |
CatholicMates.com is a leading dating and personals site designed for single catholic men and women who wish to meet other users with similar interests, values and religious beliefs.
It is becoming more popular and widely acceptable for individuals to use the internet as a source of meeting new people, for friendship and even love and romance. Although many members do meet through the Church, modern day times dictate that we are often too busy to socialize in conventional ways and the internet works in our favour by making meeting people easier.
The site operates globally, and has a large user base from all the major countries around the world. The whole concept of the site is to provide a virtual community, in a friendly and non judgemental environment, where users can come together for chat and discussion regarding their faith and beliefs, knowing all members on the site have the same religious values.
The site is very professional, both in the design of its interface, and its appearance. CatholicMates.com is part of a larger dating network, and is therefore a reliable and adequate source of meeting new people, on a site that has been founded and established for a number of years.
There is much help available if you feel worried about using the site, or are not used to the format of online dating and chatting. Not only is there an invaluable FAQ and help section, but there is a great international customer support phone and email service, which operates 24 hours a day and quickly and efficiently sorts out any problems you have encountered, or issues that you wish to ask about.
Before signing up you can view a number of features profiles, including the ‘take a gamble’ profile of the way, which features a randomly selected member, to encourage users to check them out. You can also take a free site tour which allows you to see what each membership option offers, and the features available for your use.
There are currently two membership options to choose from. When you initially sign up to the site you automatically sign up to a free membership, which allows you to create and post a full profile, but limits you to basic site and feature access. Premium membership can be bought at any time during the time you’re registered to the site. For ultimate flexibility you can upgrade on a month by month basis, so you control when you want to pay for membership. However, a cheaper option is to purchase membership packages in increments of three to twelve months. Premium membership then presents its members with unlimited and full site access, with a host of additional extras to help you meet that perfect person.
Registering to the site does not take too much time, as two of the three sections can be completed at a time more convenient to you. It is recommended to complete everything before your profile goes live though, as CatholicMates.com has a dedicated user base of regular members who have wonderfully detailed and descript profiles. The mandatory section simply requires personal and contact details, which do not appear on your public profile. However, the two final sections require detailed information about yourself, and the type of person you ideally wish to meet via the site. You can also specify what your religion means to you in this section, as well as selecting preferences on how committed your ideal match will be to his or her faith.
Once you’ve created your profile you may then begin searching using one of the available search features. Free members have much more restrictions placed on their searching functions, and can narrow down potential matches by quick and basic searches. Quick searches are simply browsing options, allowing you to view all members currently online for example. Although basic searches are more specific, including a location and age range, they still provide a very broad search query result.
Premium members of course pay for the privilege of more exact search results, and so can use localized searching, and also advanced searching.
Communication is limited to sending ‘flirts’ for premium members, which are prewritten icons and messages designed to break the ice with the member of your choice. However in order to obtain additional communication features, premium membership upgrading is a prerequisite.
Premium membership therefore enables a user to send and receive unlimited emails, instant messaging and also the chance to converse with other users in both public and private chat rooms.
Other features of the site include the chance to block or report any user from contacting you, a favorites list and friend group, message boards and forums with specific areas dedicated to discussing the Catholic faith, and also member blogs.
CatholicMates.com focuses on bringing religious individuals together through bonding over friendships and similar beliefs and values. Although it does aim to draw single men and women together for love and relationships, it has a non pressured and friendly atmosphere which really helps you feel at home, making it easier to meet that perfect person.