Overview from the Connecting Singles Free Dating Website
"Meet by choice, not by chance. Many online dating services claim to be free, and then surprise you with charges for features such as contacting other members, extensive searching, viewing profiles or photos, etc. Connecting Singles is a totally free-to-use online dating service (everything free) for singles. All features on Connecting Singles are without charges, fees, credits, coupons or surprises."
What a Connecting Singles Membership Includes
Connecting Singles offers a fully-featured dating site that includes instant messaging, email, photo galleries, eCards, forums, video messaging, local singles event calendars, and a lot of different search options to find someone special. The site caters to those in the US, Canada, UK and Western Europe, and is open to people of all sexual orientations over the age of 18. Most of the users are looking to date or for longer-term relationships, although there are options for people merely looking for activity partners and pen pals as well.
Unique Features of Connecting Singles
Unlike many free dating sites, Connecting Singles reviews and approves every profile and photo posted to the site for quality assurance purposes.
The drop-down lists to show your demographic information are more detailed than most sites - free or otherwise. For instance, there were thirteen different options to choose from when describing one's hair color, with just as many to describe one's body type.
The forums at Connecting Singles are well-used and a riot to read, although the general forums are more heavily trafficked than the regional ones. Be warned that many users who have used and reviewed Connecting Singles have found the forums to be an unfriendly place. As with any dating site forum, use with caution.
Finally, Connecting Singles offers a fantastic blocking service where any user can define who they receive a message from. If you are in the US and only want emails from locals, create a setting. Want to avoid people only looking for pen pals or intimate encounters? You can do that too. This one feature can easily eliminate a lot of unwanted spam or contact from people looking or wanting a different kind of relationship than you yourself are aspiring to.
Connecting Singles Free Dating Membership Costs
There are no fees to use any portion of the Connecting Singles website.
The Bottom Line
Connecting Singles can be a bit overwhelming for some singles with so many features and options. And its blogs and forums are heavily used, lacking in moderation, and some users have reviewed it as an 'unfriendly' place. But as a free dating site, it is well rounded and offers enough options to connect that, if a quick glance shows enough users in your geographic area, it wouldn't be a bad addition to your dating sites to peruse and use. Still, I can't recommend it wholeheartedly because of the lack of moderation and generally aggressive tone in the forums, as well as the cluttered and difficult-to-maneuver format.