When it comes to online dating sites, there are free sites that you can join, and there are those that require you to pay a joining fee. Some will have the option for you to join for free, just so you can test drive the site and then require that you pay some money for certain upgrades.
The great thing with free sites is that anyone can join. There are no restrictions that are based on money or anything else.
There are downsides to being able to join for free though. Because anyone can have access, it makes it easier for those that are joining with the wrong intentions to have access to innocent people who are genuinely looking to connect with someone. Not everyone has the intention of meeting someone for the right reasons, others are on dating sites to take advantage of other people, and unfortunately free dating sites make it very easy for them to.
With paid dating sites, there will be those people who feel that the money required is just a bit much. The great thing though is that these sites offer exclusivity, and you will have access to things that will not be offered on free ones. This will also mean that only serious people sign up, and the majority of those with ulterior motives will stay away. This translates to the paid sites being safer.
It also filters the serious people from those that are not that serious about finding someone. It does not make sense for anyone to pay for a membership that they are not fully using, or for one to have an account where they pay money for it to just be sitting there without them participating. With free sites however, the possibility of fake accounts is high. There is also the possibilityof people becoming less active, because they are not losing anything by having an account where they are not participating in.
While free sites may have to deal with large numbers, paid online dating sites have lesser numbers to deal with. This can result in the user to have a better experience and a higher chance of meeting someone, because they can specialise their services and make sure that they deliver better matches for their users due to the fact that have lesser numbers to deal with.
While free sites give everyone access, paid sites can get expensive in the long run, especially because the fees are monthly. It works the best for those who meet their match early on, as they do not need to stay members.
Whether you go for free or paid dating sites, you can make the most of the experience.