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CompatiblePartners.com is a gay dating site that's part of the huge online dating site, eHarmony.com. As such, you'd probably have quite high expectations of a site that has been so successful in mainstream online dating. Whilst it looks fairly professional and stylish, sadly it does not quite fulfil the expectations. Whilst there's a large membership base, it's one of the most expensive options and you don't get many features for your money. Plus, you're unable to browse and search through profiles, which is often the most fun and rewarding aspect of online dating.
You can register and review all of your matches for free. These are drawn from a membership base of over 300,000. Unlike most of the other sites reviewed in this category, joining takes some time as you have to complete a detailed personality profile. This is likely to take you at least half an hour and probably considerably longer. Therefore, make yourself comfortable, take the phone off the hook and make yourself some tea or coffee before you begin. After giving some basic details and a valid email address, you'll be asked a series of questions about your physical attributes, personality characteristics, interests and what you're looking for in a partner. For the vast majority of items you simply respond by signalling your level of agreement/disagreement with statements. Compared to other dating sites such as AdultFriendFinder.com, CompatiblePartners.com is a completely different kettle of fish. Whereas the former is far more sexually explicit and aimed more towards introducing people for no strings sex, CompatiblePartners.com promises to find you a long-lasting relationship. Therefore, if it's just a little fun you're after then you're advised to steer clear.
Although you might be likely to be well matched to people based on the questions asked, the lack of any search of browsing feature means that you’re completely stuck if you want to go outside of the site’s recommendations. We built several profiles and although we had some success in attaining suitable matches, other profiles were simply told that no-one was suitable for them. Surely that’s for us, and them, to decide! As such we felt a little bit like our mother was choosing our dates for us and that it wasn’t really allowing us to find people who were not the usual sort of person we might go for.
Once you've completed the fairly arduous registration process you're set up on the database and the matching system goes straight to work looking for compatible members. This is where the catch occurs. At this point you're unable to view pictures of anybody that you're matched with and you're unable to communicate with them by email or by phone. So, basically what happens is that there are two things at work here that tempt you to part with your money; that you've just spent ages building up a profile, plus, matches are being dangled before you but you can't see them unless you pay. This will probably be enough to encourage quite a lot of people to hand over their credit card details there and then. But, before you do, read on.
Bear in mind that unlike most other gay dating sites, you relinquish nearly all control and just have to rely on the site's matching system. It's not possible to view anybody else (thereby contradicting the idea that 'opposites attract'). This means that you could end up with very few contacts if others don't match with you. There are no guarantees as to the number of matches you'll get. In addition, unless you're absolutely sure that you want a more serious relationship then CompatiblePartners.com isn't for you. It could end up costing you quite a lot of money to find that special someone, so if you do sign up then be prepared to be in for the long (and expensive) haul. That said, if it does work out for you then the money's no object.
You might want to try a more moderately priced site first, which will probably allow you to get in touch with far more members, many of whom are looking for that special someone. If you do decide to upgrade your membership, go for the Basic Plan and take advantage of the discounts you get for longer-term subscriptions, as the Total Connect Plan isn't really necessary and doesn't guarantee you any more matches. There aren't too many other features, so it's quite easy to get the hang of the site, review matches and communicate. You can also communicate by telephone. The communication process is 'guided' by the site in order that you get to know each other a little before opening a free exchange of communication. You'll also find an informative help section and a reliable and swift email support desk, should you have any further questions.
CompatiblePartners.com certainly isn't for everybody and you'd be better trying another site such even if you're looking for a secure relationship. However, if you're unsure about your judgement, jaded with online dating and willing to pay to be professionally matched with like-minded people, then CompatiblePartners.com will scour its database to find you the person of your dreams.
We recommend completing the profiling, checking out what it says about you and the sorts of people it recommends for you. Bear in mind that a limited number of results means that you may not be matched to many new people, either. Whether or not the other members are able to respond, even if you pay for the service, is also a concern. As such it’s hard to recommend this site as good value for money because it is so limiting and comes at a high price with no guarantees of success.
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