Just sign up, do the test and get chatting to all those love-compatible people out there. Functionality is limited as the site is more geared up to helping you find a long term partner rather than flirting randomly with people you like the look of. There is also a specific gay version of the site for those looking for a serious committed relationship with a same sex partner. Set up by two friends, Emma and Lucy, in 2006, Muddy Matches is aimed at ‘muddies’, who by the girls’ definition is ‘any person who loves the countryside and is not afraid of a bit of mud’.The criteria is pretty relaxed and the site uses a Muddy-Townie ratio to match potential dates accordingly.

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The site also hosts regular events which are a fun, relaxed way to meet people. It takes the travel out of dating especially with its tube station search parameter. Choose a username (a screen name or alias) and set up a profile describing yourself and the type of person and relationship you are looking for.

View other people’s profiles by searching the site and when you find someone that interests you, you can send a message via the site to their username.

These messages will be from their username and not their real email address, protecting both your and their privacy. In fact, it’s fairly similar to our old friends Match, mentioned above.

Everyone who sets up a profile is a member on the site, but if you want to contact someone you need to be a paying subscriber. It’s free to join and browse matches but for a year’s full access, it costs £10.50 a month. You can start looking at potential dates for free, then when you like the look of someone and fancy striking up a conversation, you need to subscribe. The experts say: This site is owned by the dating giant MEETIC and gives you access to 20 million members across Europe and it also merged with in 2009.

This site provides quality over quantity and is great for those looking for a long term relationship. match is the most widely-used online dating site in the world and has nearly 1.8 million subscribers.

It works in the most traditional way: Simply create a profile, check out your potential matches, send them a few messages and then arrange to meet for a date.

Aspiring members have to pass a 48-hour peer vote to be accepted as one of the ‘beautiful people’.

They regularly host members’ events where allegedly you have to look as attractive as your profile photo otherwise entry to the venue is refused.

To become a member, applicants are required to be voted in by existing members of the opposite sex.