Size of community
User interface quality
Cost and support
– Founded in 2003
– UK’s largest dating site for married people
– Over 1 million genuine UK members
– A balanced ratio of males to females (45:55)
Illicit Encounters is a dating service created for attached people, whether in a relationship, divorced or married, who are looking to add some passion and adventure back into their love lives. There is no pressure, no judgement and no falsity; everyone who is a member is in a similar situation and therefore values the importance of maintaining discretion. It is the UK’s largest dating site for married people and boasts of over 1 million UK members. Illicit Encounters takes privacy and security very seriously and offers special features such as the ability to password protect your photos. Your real name is never stored. The mobile application keeps all your messages and calls in a password-protected program which is completely hidden from your phone’s interface. The name “Illicit Encounters” will never appear in your credit card bills.
A different feature is that you can participate in exciting polls with interesting questions such as “Which celebrity affair was the most scandalous?”. The “Match Finder” feature delivers different potential soulmates straight to your inbox, based on the criteria and information you provided. You can see who is online at the same time as you and profit from one on one live chat to get to know members a bit better. You have the option of sending virtual gifts but this comes at a small additional fee.
The interface and support
The interface is very plain and simple. The site doesn’t have the best design but you can change your theme to personalise your online dating experience. It isn’t the most modern of interfaces either but because it is so simple, it is pretty easy to make your way around the site.
The customer care team are there to support you between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day of the week. You can get in contact with them via email (which should be responded to in 1-2 hours). They manually respond to every email so each customer gets individual, personalised support. You can also opt to contact them via post or with a phone call. All profile updates are checked by the site staff to ensure high standards are maintained and the tightest security.
Standard membership is completely free for both males and females for life! With a standard membership you can add your profile to the site, upload your pictures, perform searches and express your interest in other members by means of virtual kisses. With a Full Gold membership, you can take advantage of unlimited messages to any member on the site as well as instant messaging with online members. Full Gold membership is free for all women! Below are the prices of Full Gold membership for the men:
• 4 week plan costs £139.99
• 12 week plan costs £279.99
Yes, we know the prices are quite extravagant, in fact they’re probably the highest of all UK dating sites. However, you’re paying for the security and anonymity. The high membership fees act as a deterrent to people who are not serious or are carrying out scams.
Gold Plus membership allows you all of the previously mentioned advantages as well as several other exclusive features, for example, priority customer support, live alerts for new matches and Invisible Mode. The prices are as follows:
• 4 week plan costs £169.99
• 12 week plan costs £349.99
There’s also the option of Platinum membership. The additional advantages are that you receive a platinum badge, a profile listing boost and 3 free Gold accounts. The 12 week Platinum plan costs £999.99.
• No automatic rebilling
• Niche site so everyone is in the same situation as you and understands the need for discretion
• Secure mobile app available
• Quick and easy sign-up process
• High cost of membership
• Low numbers of people in some areas
• Interface plain and not many exciting features