ColombianCupid.com - Dating For Colombian Singles
ColumbianCupid.com quite simply is a dating site aimed at single individuals residing in Columbia, although there are many members located elsewhere across the globe. Many of these may be looking to make connections with a Columbian single.
With almost just over 400,000 members, the site has an attractive number of visitors and new members, despite being classed as a ‘niche’ dating site. It is also a fast growing community, with new members signing up daily.
With limited local search options, ColombianCupid does have a design whereby meeting long distance lovers is possible, and therefore has a more accepting feel for members outside of Columbia who may wish to sign up.
Attractive, and professional in appearance, the site is clear and easy to navigate. Before deciding to register you are able to access testimonials, browse a limited user gallery, and take a free site tour. These features are in place to make you feel comfortable using the site and help you decide whether to sign up, and if so whether you wish to use a free guest membership or sign up as a premium user.
There is both a gold and platinum membership option, both of which you are able to upgrade to immediately, at any point during your free membership. Both offer advanced levels of searching tools, and methods of finding and communicating with other members. Upgraded members may also add a personality profile to their account, with provides users with additional details about yourself, and your character.
The process of signing up does require a certain amount of time and effort, as before your account and profile can be created, you will need to complete all questions and essays before submitting your membership. There are a number of drop down box questions, and at least 2 essay sections which require detailed information about yourself and the type of match you are seeking from the site.
However only basic contact information will be required, none of which will be available to members. On completion you will be asked whether you wish to upload photographs (all of which will only be accepted subject to approval by site administrators). You will then be emailed a membership number which you will require in conjunction with your password in order to log on to your account.
Searching is limited to a basic search for free members; however premium members may perform advanced searches. When choosing preferences on location, these are only limited to country, state, province or city, as there is no option to set a zip or postal code. You can however choose an age range and gender of a potential match. Advanced searches allow you to choose whether you wish a match to be willing to relocate to another country, their body type, religion and a host of other preferences.
All members, free or otherwise are able to view entire profiles, which will display information, and photos of the member. Free members are able to add members to their list of favorites, as well as ‘showing interest’ to other members. This alerts the user to the fact someone has viewed their profile and would like to further their communication. It is also free to reply to personal messages, although you must upgrade to a premium membership if you wish to initiate conversation through either instant messaging, or email. This means that free members can participate in conversation with another member who has a premium user status. There are also options for all members to report or block another user who they feel has broken the terms and conditions of use, have been abusive, or have offensive material on their profile.
Premium members can also access group chat rooms without limit, in addition to emails and instant messaging, and if you opt for the most expensive membership you may also view video introductions and send video emails.
Features, other than those used for searching and communicating, are sparse on this website. Additional information such as dating security and safety tips, and advice on travelling to meet another user can be accessed via your account home page. This page will also allow you to display all profiles you have shown interest in, users who have shown interest in you, those you have added to your favorites, and those you have blocked from contacting you. Your mail box is also accessible by this page, which is nicely set out and easy to navigate.
ColumbianCupid.com overall has a fairly large user base, growing continuously, and is an attractive and pleasant community dating site to belong to. Open to all members, not just Columbian, the site makes it easy to find long distance love as well as members residing near you, and offers a pretty comprehensive package for both free and premium members.