Mature dating is the fastest growing online dating sector, and with more and more providers jumping on the senior dating train, we find out whether SeniorDatingPartnership is leading the pack!
Senior dating sites can be a mixed bag - a growing number of silver singles are looking to start dating (the saying that you're never too old for love is doubtless true!). It's difficult to get the balance right between an intuitive and user-friendly site which doesn't include too many gadgets and gizmos to provide a straightforward user experience, and providing such basic dating sites that they don't stand up to more advanced platforms. SeniorDatingPartnership gets that balance just right; the site is welcoming, includes all the features I'd like to see, and uses a fresh aesthetic that makes it simple to navigate. Being a dedicated UK site, it feels much easier to meet local people here, since you're not sifting through a global membership, and the whole sign-up process is clearly guided - plus it's free of charge!
“Over 50's UK dating site created for senior singles. With free registration, free messaging and a raft of features, SeniorDatingPartnership is an honest and easy to use mature dating site.”
Stage 1 - signing up. Free to register, very simply to follow the steps, and each question or information section is optional so you can always pop back later and complete your profile or fill in more details. The site is quite traditional, so the 'looking for' options are either:
Once you've answered a few questions, including a lot of detail about your lifestyle, preferences, income etc. (again, all optional), you're done. SeniorDatingPartnership has a 'reward' system, whereby once you've entered a certain level of detail you get an introduction credit free of charge, so it's worth taking the time to fill it all in!
Stage 2 - browsing. The site is as straightforward as I'd expect; I felt my homepage was a little busy, but that's because everything is in one place, so it's a question of one click to access any part of the site.
You'll find boxes and banners to access:
The top toolbar contains links to all of the features - I particularly like the Diaries feature, where you can keep track of your dating experience, and share your feelings and thoughts with other members if you wish!
If you get stuck or need any help there are two options; the Help button will take you through to customer support - they promise to respond within 72 hours. Alternatively, the blogs section is useful and includes articles such as help with starting dating again.
SeniorDatingPartnership isn't the cheapest dating site I've come across; but when it comes to functionality and the authenticity of users, I'd say it's worth paying more for a genuine site if you're looking to meet real users. I like that it is UK specific - although that's a smaller membership than those giant global dating sites, it means you have a far better chance of meeting somebody who is feasibly nearby to go on a date!
The site is well designed, although it does feel a little cluttered in places. However, I think that's due to having quick shortcuts to all of the features right from the homepage, and it didn't take any time to get used to finding where things are.
All of the profile questions are optional, and you don't feel rushed or under pressure to fill in any information you're not comfortable sharing. The free registration goes beyond what we often expect to see, and includes multiple benefits that mean it's excellent value for money, and you get a good idea about whether the site is right for you without parting with a penny!
SeniorDatingPartnership boasts being 100% secure for card payments and uses Online Dating Protector to keep your payment details safe. I like that you can cancel your renewal if you've met your perfect match or don't want to keep using the site.
The customer support is also great and easy to contact. There are plenty of FAQs and topics answering all the most commonly asked questions, or you can contact customer services directly if you've got a specific query you need some help with.
As a member, you have the option of signing up for email newsletters - and I'd recommend you do! You can opt-out through your account settings if you wish, but these are interesting and useful, and include information about new features, advice and guidance articles, and sometimes even freebie bonuses, so it's always worth staying in the loop!
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