Size of community
User interface quality
Cost and support
– The site started off in Germany in 2001 before branching out into 13 different countries. Parship has earned itself its reputation as one of the most high-end dating websites on the Internet
– For those between the ages of 40 to 60
– 500 000 members
Parship.com is a serious dating website, made for those who want to meet people for love and a serious relationship but perhaps are afraid of surprises or taking risks. It reflects to a certain extent a rather unique way of finding love, where everything is clear and risks are few…
Parship asks their members to complete a personality test of more than 80 questions (which include scenarios and selection of pictures that you intuitively find more attractive, as a test of the subconscience) that provide the information necessary to generate partner suggestions that are well-suited to you. This means of partner searching keeps in line with something called the “PARSHIP Principle”. By means of the 136 rules that make it up, the scientifically-based matchmaking algorithm on the site finds you single people with whom you share an equal balance of common points and differences, as both are essential in a relationship. The quiz takes about 20 minutes to fill in. After completing the test, you get a full personality profile which describes things about yourself which you may not have know before. It also shows you, by means of a bar chart, how much different areas of personality are important in a match for you. If you change your mind about some questions after completing the test, you can easily alter your criteria on your dashboard.
The site has newly introduced a mobile version for smartphones as well as an iPhone app.
This site greatly respects the importance of privacy. In fact, you get to choose who can view your profile picture. Other members who view your picture will see it blurry.Your name is also not shown. When you browse through profiles, you will realise that people are introduced by their age and profession.
Parship offers each member a personalised coaching service with trained psychiatrists who know exactly what advice you require to help you have the best chance of finding that special someone. The coaches support you, if you want, throughout your entire time searching for a perfect match on this top dating site. There’s a huge library of dating advice articles on the site available for free to all members.
The simplicity of the interface
Parship has put in place a clear and efficient interface. The layout and wording used is very user-friendly. Many actions are available (you can send a wink, for example). Even if you pay for premium membership and you’re able to see member’s profiles without limits, it is necessary that the person accepts your request so that you can view their photo.
The long sign-up questionnaire is made less daunting by the graphics – it’s not all fit onto one crowded page with little boxes to tick like some other dating sites; there’s one question per page with a large font. The member dashboard is very clear and easy to navigate. At the top you find new messages, recommended profiles for you and people who have visited your profile.
Signing up and doing the personality test are free. Basic Members cannot read all received messages and can only contact other members once. With the premium service, you can also benefit from unlimited communication, view released photos, guaranteed contact (if you haven’t been in contact with at least 2 members in 3 months, Premium Membership will be extended for a further 6 months free of charge!), searches for people in the local area and seeing who has viewed your profile. The following are the prices for premium services:
• 12 month subscription: £14.90 per month
• 6 month subscription: £19.90 per month
• 3 month subscription: £29.90 per month
• Guaranteed to meet serious people
• Meet well-respected and educated people as 52% of Parship members are graduates
• Balanced gender distribution: 51% / 49% ratio of males to females
• Not suitable for dating with no strings attached
• Long start-up questionnaire