Hello all and welcome to my plenty of fish review! The year 2003 saw the birth of what would become one the world’s largest free online dating website – Plenty of Fish (PoF). It is estimated that about 32,000,000 people call PoF their home which has earned the site its title of being the world’s largest online dating website, and rightfully so. It is also estimated that the PoF website gets about 2.4 billion page views on a monthly basis. Members are literally guaranteed to meet a wide variety of singles on the website that are actively looking for casual dating, committed relationships or even friendship. Although PoF is a free dating website it is by no means lacking in the features department. Members have access to every feature that one would expect from an online dating website (in addition to a few fun extras). I hope this Plenty of Fish review helps you find out the right dating sites for you!
Ease of use: Site Navigation, Layout and Design
The first thing that you will notice about the PoF website is that it is not pretty at all. The site at best has an overly basic and simple design. The design is just not inviting at all, thankfully using this website is free so one would continue to look around despite the apparent lack of interest that was taken into the site’s design. Navigating the PoF website is another story. Some features are just not where you would expect them to be making the site a bit of a challenge to navigate.
Additionally the site is modified on a regular basis so be prepared to log in and see something new. Each page has a few extra features so you must look carefully so that you do not miss them. With all the regular updates and features not being where they are supposed to be it would feel as though the site lacks consistency. Another drawback to the site’s overall design is that the photos are quite small and obstruct the age and location information in the galleries. In order to check his information you would have to view the user’s profile. Additionally this important bit of information is not revealed in emails so again it means going back to the profile. This is just time consuming and can become annoying.
Without question the Plenty of Fish online dating site has one of the largest, if not the largest, members when it comes to online dating sites. As stated in the introduction paragraph the site has about 32,000,000 members and gets an average of 2.4 billion page views monthly. If this doesn’t make it one of the most popular, of the most popular online dating sites around, well what does? It is also estimated that about 52% of the site’s users are make which makes for a pretty even split between both genders.
This Plenty of Fish review acknowledges the fact that PoF is a hugely popular website with a lot of active members. It would therefore go without saying that a site with about 32,000,000 users that they would be enjoying one of the highest success rates in the business. The trouble is it’s hard to do that. For starters PoF doesn’t seem to focus on one particular service offering: for example JDate focuses on Jewish singles and OurTime that focuses on senior dating.
The site caters to people who want casual hookups, long term relationships, quick dates, senior dating(senior people meet review) and more. Because there is no clear service offering, determining what constitutes success going to pose a challenge much less measuring success. That being said many people have found some amount of success on the site. People have gone on dates, connected with other members or even met lifelong friends on the PoF site.
How much does Plenty of Fish Cost?
Plenty of Fish is free to use and you get the benefits that you would have to pay for when using other dating sites. Now you can opt to upgrade your PoF membership to a paid membership status which will grant you access to some extra perks. These are perks only and are not essential to your overall enjoyment with the site. Some of their perks include: gaining access to the extended profile section of other member’s profiles, being listed as first on the Meet Me list and the ability to see if your messages were read and/or deleted. If ads annoy you to no ends (as it does many people) then upgrading to premium membership will allow you to not have to deal with ads anymore. No it will not change the unattractiveness of the website – sorry.
As mentioned in the Plenty of Fish review before PoF has many of the features that you would find on other dating websites. With Plenty of Fish all members (both free and paid) can: create a profile, add a photo, take the relationship needs assessment test and the relationship chemistry predictor, search for matches, view the profiles of other members, and communicate with other members and more. Upgrading your membership means that you can remove ads from your user experience with the site, see if your messages were read or deleted. You can also send virtual gifts, send a rose, gain access to the PoF app and take various personality tests.
Plenty of Fish Review Conclusion
This Plenty of Fish review acknowledges that upon first glance of this website your first instinct is to close the website as fast as possible and move on to a site that is more attractive. However, taking the time to go through the site can yield some interesting results. PoF is certainly a popular website, we give it that much; however, the overall user experience has much to be desired. The site does get most things right, sadly it also got a lot of things wrong.
If you are not serious about finding that special someone and simply want to dabble into the world of online dating to see what your options are then certainly check out Plenty of Fish(Ok cupid is another free site). However, if you are looking to make a serious connection with that special someone with the hopes of establishing a long term relationship or even marriage then you would be better off paying for an eHarmony(my review) membership or match.com. Now you should check out comparison articles like okcupid vs pof, Match vs PoF, Zoosk vs PoF or our most popular one: eharmony vs match! I hope my plenty of fish review was helpful and helped resolve some questions that you may have had!
- Most of the site’s features are free including profile creation, profile searches and even communicating
- It is by far one of the largest free online dating websites around
- They provide you with a lot of tips on how to create a successful profile. They also give you tips on how to write a message that will stand out from the crowd
- There is almost zero customer or email support. If you need help you will literally feel like a “fish out of water”
- There is no group chatting feature and you are not able to upload videos
- The website is just filled with advertisements. These ads can be found in the website menus, personal messages and other areas of the site
- Compared to other dating websites the site design is lacking – then again it is a mostly free online dating site
- Sadly there are a lot of married people and scammers on Plenty of Fish because there is no cost attached to using most of the site’s features