LDate.com claims to be the first, and largest, dating site for lesbians around the world. I have reviewed other dating sites in the same niche that definitely did not seem to limit their memberships to females. I can say that in the case of this site the “only for lesbians” part is right. This site also claims to be “the best” and that might be a bit of an exaggeration. Still, like all online dating sites, this one has its advantages and disadvantages.
It is free to join, you are required to include a bare minimum of information and it only allows access to women, either gay or bisexual. Straightaway, I appreciate that this site respects its members by seeking to create a safe environment free from harassment. After all, if you were looking to meet men, there are many other sites on the market, so L Date does right to limit its membership.
“Straightaway, I appreciate that this site respects its members by seeking to create a safe environment free from harassment.”
You can further qualify your status as single, married, divorced, etc. You also need to include a brief write-up about yourself and the person you are looking to meet. Then you’re set to go. Before upgrading, you are limited to doing basic searches that only include the bare minimum of details. You can, however, return results within 100 miles of your postal or zip code.
If you want to refine your results further, you will need to upgrade. Then you can choose to only look for profiles with pics, for example, and even search by keywords. The biggest thing that changes, as far as I am concerned, is that although you can see full profiles, the last login date isn’t displayed until you pay.
LDate has added a free members’ forum since our last visit in addition to its free blogs. It gives a real sense of community as people post questions and responses to one another. Both areas seem quite active with a good amount of interaction. It’s also free to reply to email and instant messages and you can send free “winks” to show interest in someone. All these things definitely count in the site’s favor.
When it comes to being “the best” online dating site, my issue with that claim is clear. It simply doesn’t attract enough visitors to its pages. Despite the extra sense of security generated by being a female-only site, it just doesn’t do well at getting women to join. I think if more women knew that they could find a safe place to meet online, the site could take off in a big way. L Date might not be the most promoted site, but you have nothing to lose if you try it out for free.