Registration is easy and free, and C-Date lets you get chatting almost straight away. C-Date has been running since 2008, and currently operates in 35 countries with over 36 million registered users.
Only a year after its launch, C-Date was ranked #1 dating site in Spain, #2 in Germany, and #3 in France and Switzerland.
The site now operates worldwide, with more than 25,000 people are joining up every day! Whether you’re looking for simple flirty messages, a single hookup, a friend with benefits or something more, C-Date has what you’re looking for.
We signed up for an account to have a look and see what it’s all about so that we can give you the skinny on C-Date ZA. Want to know if you should sign up too? Read our C-Date review and find out!
Pros and Cons
There are a lot of things that C-Date does well, but there are a couple of areas where the site could perform better, too. Here are a few of the main good points and drawbacks that we discovered.
C-Date has an easy, fast and free signup
Easy to use, well laid out site
Start receiving C-Date matches immediately
C-Date Login and Signup
Once that’s done, verify your email address and start filling in your profile! This part is also quick and easy, and is a matter of selecting options from around ten drop-down menus.
You’ll be asked about your physical appearance, your profession and what you’re looking for in another person, but most of these can be left blank if you’d rather not answer or have no preference.
The fun part is filling in your erotic preferences with the My Erotic Type feature, which we take a closer look at below.
C-Date uses your details, preferences and location to match you with other people, and gives you suggestions for members who are looking for similar things.
The front page of C-Date is geared toward getting new members to sign up, so the C-Date login button isn’t immediately obvious when you go to login again. It is there, however, in the top right-hand corner so you don’t have to scroll to find it.
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Choose from Conventional, Romantic, Experimental and Wild, and select five of the (tasteful!) thumbnail images to express what you’re looking for.
You can also select a few of the things you’re into - like Role Playing - which will show up when you match with someone so that they can see what you’re looking for. (This is the Erotic Gallery feature that you can see on other people’s profiles.)
The options range from romantic to pretty racy, depending on what you’re looking for.
We liked this feature as it’s an instant visual aid to other people’s profiles, so that you can see straight away if the two of you are compatible.
You can also (as a female user) choose several profiles to be ‘My Attractive Matches’ - profile pictures you like the look of, that you can keep in one place for easy reference. Again, this is a paid feature.
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Useful Tip for Men
Upload some pictures, preferably ones where you’re smiling. Female users can send you a ‘Like’ if they want you to know they think you’re attractive!
Useful Tip for Women
Make use of the daily question feature, which asks you a new dating related question every day. When we signed up, our first question was “How many long term relationships would you like to have in your lifetime?”. You can choose to show or hide your answers, as well as compare your answers with others. These topics would make great talking points for messaging!
What can you do with a free account?
The site will also send you email notifications, and you can see who’s visited your profile - not bad for a free account!
The free features are enough to give you a great taste of the site and how it works so that you can decide if you want to take the plunge and sign up for a full paid membership. We would definitely recommend signing up to give you the full experience of the site, as while the free features are great, you really only get the best from the site with a premium account.
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What will a premium account get you?
The prices are very reasonable - £9.90 for one month, and £29.90 for six. There is a three month option for £39.90, but it makes little sense to choose it when you can have double the time for less money. You get a whole lot of bang for your buck if you do sign up - you can send and receive messages, see full profiles including pictures and the erotic gallery, as well as save contacts and messages, and save the best profiles to a favourites list.
This is the case with any dating site however, it’s not just a C-Date problem. As well as profiles, C-Date review all member’s photos in a manual photo check, which helps ensure that the accounts you interact with are real.
The best way to stay safe online is to familiarise yourself with typical spam or bot account behaviours, and report on sight. Data protection is important to everyone, and C-Date make it easy to find out what they are doing with your data. Scroll to the bottom of any page, and there will be a banner with an option for Data Protection.
All of your information, including your C-Date login details, is 128-bit SSL protected. This will protect your anonymity as well as keep you safe from fraud and identity theft.
They also have a Help option, which is really more like an FAQ. Either way it’s very useful! If this C-Date review hasn’t answered a specific question, then the Help menu will almost certainly have what you need. If even the Help menu doesn’t have what you’re looking for, you can get in touch with their customer services department who are available 24/7.
The email address for customer services can be found in the Help menu. Customer services are friendly and helpful, and will get back to you very quickly with any issues you need further help with. The site is so intuitive, however, that you’re not very likely to need them!
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Deleting Your Profile
You will be asked several times if you’re sure, but the buttons to confirm deletion are very easy to find. If you do have a paid subscription, make sure you cancel this before you delete your profile.
Once you’ve deleted, there’s no coming back - so make sure you definitely want to leave before you take this option.