There aren’t many truly free dating sites on the world wide web.
FDating, however, is supposedly one and has operated for over a decade.
Generally, free dating sites are a bit of a minefield, especially if you are looking for more than a casual hookup but long-term love with perhaps marriage at the end of it.
That’s because, without a payment option, anyone can contact anyone and it can get out of hand at times.
So in this all-encompassing review, we first want to see if FDating is free as they claim and then whether it’s the kind of dating site that caters to everyone no matter where they are in their dating journey.
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FDating Review in Video Form
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Ease of use 4/5
Key Features 3/5
Pricing – 5/5
Pros and Cons
- The site is well designed and easy to navigate
- FDating is pretty active
- A user counter allows you to find the best time to be on site
- It’s FREE
- Not that many key features to write home about
- FDating could do with a refresh, it looks a little dated.
- There is a chance of fake profiles
Who Is It For/Demographics?
It’s clear for all to see.
By making a dating site free to use, you are positioning it with no clear niche in mind.
In fact, from a marketing point of view, a free dating site is going to be aimed at just about anyone who wants to sign up for a profile to look for a couple of casual dates, a hook up, or perhaps even something long-term.
And that’s clearly the case with FDating, which incidentally, was established in 2009.
While it has a broad spectrum of users from across the globe, many of them seem to come from Eastern Europe, Russia and Ukraine in particular.
Breaking down the numbers
For a dating site that has been around for over 10 years and that is free to use, you’d expect FDating to have a decent amount of users that have signed up.
Unfortunately, it was impossible to get an overall figure on the total number of users for FDating but there were some others that will give you an insight into just how busy the site gets.
- While the site has more European users than those from the United States over 150 000 Americans have signed up for FDating
- In terms of activity, over 30 000 people are on the site each week
- That’s 4 000 per day and 120 000 per month
If I am honest, I would have expected a site that’s a decade old and free to have more users active each week as well as larger numbers of American users.
From my time on the site, most of the users are straight but the site does cater to gay men and lesbian women as well.
Gender ratio and age ranges
The next critical demographics that can make or break a dating website is the gender breakdown, as well as the most active age ranges when it comes to its users.
Well, first up, as with many dating sites like this, there are more male users than female users.
But they aren’t in the ascendance by that much:
- 55% of the users on FDating are male
- 45% of the users on FDating are female
That means of 30 000 users active on the site each week, 16 500 or thereabouts are male and 13 500 are female.
But what about the age ranges?
Here’s a run down of the most active age groups:
- 25-34 years old
- 35-44 years old
- 18-24 years old
- 45-54 years old
I find it interesting that the biggest group of users on the site are from the 25-34 age range.
Generally, in dating sites similar to this, it’s the 35-44 group that dominates.
The only difference I can think of here is that FDating is free, so the 25-34-year-old group isn’t held back by having to pay for a membership to use the site.
That counts for the 18-24-year-olds as well.
Ease of Use
While the sign-up process at FDating isn’t too difficult, it takes a little more time than other similar dating sites.
That’s because FDating wants you to complete most of your profile before they allow you to conduct your first search.
And there are a few things to fill in to do that.
First, you need to provide answers to the standard questions asked by dating sites.
For example, your gender, your username, your email address as well as your location (which includes the country, city and state you live in),
From there, you must complete a batch of questions that help fill out your profile including:
- Current marital status
- Height and weight
- Hair and eye color
- If you have children
- If you smoke
- If you drink
- Your education
- Your occupation
- The languages you speak
Once you are finished with those questions, you get to a section where you need to:
- Describe yourself
- Select the age of your potential matchups
- Describe your future partner
And then you are ready to access the site.
It takes around 8 to 10 minutes to fill in this section but at least at the end of it, you have a mostly complete profile.
I prefer to get that behind me, to be honest.
Note, you have to give a valid email address because FDating sends a profile ID and a password to you.
And that’s what you need to log into the site.
It takes roughly up to 10 minutes for the email to come through, if it hasn’t then check your spam folders or try to register again.
Getting around FDating
Once you log on for the first time, you are taken to your profile page as FDating wants you to upload a picture to your profile.
You don’t have to, of course, but it sure does help to get you noticed.
To navigate the site, you will use a simple menu system found at the top of the screen.
There are six tabs here and they are:
- Home: Brings you back to the main page
- Mailbox: Where you can read messages you have received
- Who’s viewed: See who has viewed your profile
- Favorites: Here you will find any profiles you may have favorites
- Gallery: A selection of profiles on the site that take into account your basic search parameters
- Search: Here you can launch searches for potential matchups
Interestingly, to access some of these menus, including your mailbox and the gallery, you will need to verify yourself by providing a cellphone number.
FDating then sends you a code which you need to input.
Once you’ve done that, you can browse those specific menu tabs.
Before we look into how effective the site is in finding matchups, there are two things that I’d like to mention that caught my eye.
The first is a user counter on the left-hand side of the page.
This not only tells you who is online but breaks it up into male and female profiles.
Click on the links to take you to a comprehensive list of those people online and from there you can access their profiles and send messages to them.
Also, if you are on the homepage, FDating shows you a list of users who are celebrating their birthday.
It’s nothing spectacular in terms of the overall operation of the site but I feel it’s a nice touch.
So far it seems like FDating has everything in place to help you in your search for a date, long-term lover, or just a new friend.
But sites like FDating are measured on their ability to find you potential matchups that actually meet your requirements.
That starts with searching and then moves onto contacting someone that matches what you are looking for.
How effective is FDating in finding that perfect matchup?
FDating gives you two ways to search.
First up, you can use the “gallery” menu.
This includes a few search parameters including:
- Age range
- Appearance parameters
The “search” menu, however, is where you can really finetune all of your searches.
There so many extra parameters that you can select, but only if you want to, of course.
Other than the regular one like marital status, if they have children, their hair and eye color, or if they drink or smoke, these a few very different options that I’ve not seen on other sites before.
- You can search for people according to their zodiac sign
- You can search for people of different languages
- You can search for people that are looking for partners the same age as you
The other advantage of using this search function is that you can save your searches to use again at a later date.
I found that using either of these provided many valid matches that I could work through.
Once you’ve found a few that really catch your eye, it’s on to getting into contact with them.
The greatest thing about FDating is the fact that everything is free, including messaging.
Normally that’s the first place you are hamstrung when using other dating sites.
Either they make it that you can send messages but can’t receive, or you can read messages sent to you and you cannot reply.
That means the only way to use the site effectively is by buying into whatever membership options they have so you can get into contact with other people in an effective manner.
You’ve got no such worry with FDating.
Here, you can send messages to anyone you want to.
And it’s so easy to do.
To fire off your first message, you need to click on the profile of the person you would like to contact.
From there, you will find the “send message” button.
Click on that and begin typing your message.
Of course, just as with any other dating site, there is no guarantee that they will reply.
You can increase your odds by having a nice profile picture, along with a fully completed profile that tells a potential matchup a little more about you.
And that’s it, nothing could be simpler or cost you less!
But while it is a free site, what key features, if any, does FDating offer you as a user?
Even though FDating is a site that’s free to use for everyone, it has a few features.
While these are not what you’d see on a dating site that charges you a monthly membership fee, they can still be pretty useful to you in your search for a potential matchup.
And here they are.
1. Mark your favorite profiles
So when I use a dating site, I prefer to go through all the profiles that have been returned in a specific search and while doing so, picking out ones that catch my eye.
The problem is, you need a way to record these profiles so that you can come back to them later.
If you don’t do that, it’s so easy for them to get lost in amongst other profiles returned by new searches.
And the best way to keep track of them is by favoriting them.
That way you can simply mark the profiles that you’d like to come back to and investigate further as you go along through all the matchups each search returns.
2. See who has viewed your profile
The ability to see who has viewed your profile is another effective way to find potential matchups without having to conduct a search.
Just think about it.
You don’t click on a profile of someone if they haven’t sparked an interest in you, right?
So obviously, if someone has viewed your profile, they have shown that they are a little intrigued about you and would like to find out more.
And if someone has viewed your profile but not reached out to you as yet, don’t let that hold you back.
Instead, reach out to them with a message and see what happens.
There’s another snippet of information here too.
And that’s the fact that you can see just how popular you are by seeing how many times your profile has been viewed over a thirty day period.
So if it’s a low number, change things up.
For example, use a different profile picture, one that stands out and grabs a potential matchups attention.
Just don’t make it nude!
3. Filter your messages
If you are a popular profile on the site, the chances that you will receive many messages are pretty high.
But even if you are not that popular you can still filter any messages you received using a number of different options.
Here’s a few examples of some of the filters available to you:
- The age of the person sending the message
- The country they stay in
- If they have a profile picture or not
- And more
It’s not a massive feature but it can be useful at times.
4. Language selection
Because FDating has users all over the world, the site gives you the ability to select your preferred language.
So if English isn’t your first language, look at the top of the page and see if your home language features amongst the fifteen that the site can be viewed in.
All you need to do to select it is click on the national flag of your country (if it is there) and the site will change to your home language.
I think you’d agreed that while these are the greatest features a dating site has ever offered, the fact that you don’t have to pay a cent for them makes them totally worthwhile.
The people behind FDating are true to their word.
There are no hidden costs that are suddenly thrown at you or any kind of membership that is pushed in your face at every opportunity promising you some extra features in your search for love.
Everything on the site is free.
So that means you can launch a search, find a suitable matchup, send them a message and reply to their replies, over and over again.
It’s actually refreshing to come across a website that takes this approach and I wish that more of them would do so, especially when it comes to making messaging free.
Sure, have your membership features and extras that people can buy into, but keep messages free, just like FDating does.
Conclusion and Overall Rating
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by FDating.
When I first found out it was a free dating site, I was expecting it to not only look terrible but also to be bombarded by advertising.
And while there is advertising on the site – they have to pay their bills somehow – it’s not that intrusive, to be honest.
Put it this way, I’ve seen worse on sites where you do pay membership fees.
Getting up and running was simple enough and the site is so easy to navigate.
Just find the relevant menu and go from there.
Of course, with a free dating site, you would expect there to not be that many key features and FDating doesn’t have a lot.
But what it does have is practical and functional and worth using.
Another slight negative is the fact that FDating looks a little dated.
A new, modern design wouldn’t hurt.
Having said that, the design doesn’t affect the functionality, does it?
And here FDating does pretty well.
So onto my rating then.
I am going to give FDating a solid 4 out of 5.
I believe it is a place where you can find whatever you might be looking for on the dating front.