In a recent conversation the topic of dating solutions for WordPress cropped up. A friend wanted to build a niche dating website and asked me if I knew of any good solutions for this, based on WordPress. My first instinct was to direct her towards BuddyPress, but the truth is that it may not be so easy for BuddyPress to be converted into a dating site. So I went ahead and took a look at the other solutions available.
First of all, I think it’s important to ask why would someone want to use WordPress as a platform for a dating site? The answer, as you might suspect, lies in WordPress’ simplicity, familiarity, and ease-of-use. It’s already hard enough to start a new business, people don’t want to feel unable to control their own website. They want something that works out of the box and can be easily modified by themselves or someone on their team. So naturally they gravitate towards WordPress, which might well be defines as the easiest CMS of all.
Surprisingly, there aren’t many options in the form of dating plugins for WordPress. In fact, I found only two:
The DatingSolutions plugin is the only one that is geared specifically towards creating a dating site on WordPress.
DatingSolutions is well regarded by its customers, who speak well of the plugin on various forums. DatingSolutions.biz seem to take support very seriously and respond in a timely manner to all questions. I tried sending them two questions and got a reply within minutes. They also release frequent updates that take into consideration their clients’ requests.
DatingSolutions has also recently announced the up and coming release of the iPhone/Android/Blackberry Mobile Dating App that works with the WordPress Dating Plugin. The long awaited mobile dating app that will work for any iPhone, Android device or Blackberry and even some Windows based phones. This is NOT to be confused with the existing mobile dating browser that currently comes with the dating software.
The mobile dating app is now on sale for only $99 dollars. This is a pre-order sales price. Once released the price will go up to $199 so be sure to pre-order your app now.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of this plugin’s front end, but id does look like it has many of the essential features that should be in a dating plugin. It doesn’t have much competition so it is by default the best WordPress dating plugin on the market at the moment.
Check out the demo for yourself and see how it compares to the other solutions you might have found.
The simple way to turn your WordPress blog into a Social Network. Mingle uses your standard WordPress website and standard WordPress theme to create profile pages, user friending, profile page posts, profile activities, social comments, email notifications (with privacy settings) and a full directory of members. So go ahead and try it out — give your users a more social experience on your website!
- User Profile Pages
- User Friending
- User Profile Posting (for friends)
- User Profile Post Commenting (for friends)
- Friend Activity Pages
- Full Member Directory
- Login & Navigation Widget
- Random or Recent Users Widget
- Email Notifications
- User Email Notification Opt-Outs
WP Symposium turns a WordPress website into a Social Network. It is a WordPress plugin thet provides a forum, activity (similar to Facebook wall), member directory, private mail, notification bar, chat windows, profile page, social widgets, activity alerts, RSS activity feeds, Groups, Events, Gallery, Facebook Connect and Mobile support! You simply choose which you want to activate! Certain features are optional to members to protect their privacy.
Note: The Core WP Symposium plugin from WordPress.org is free (that includes profile, activity, forum, chat, panel, mail, member directory and widgets) – additional Bronze WP Symposium features can be purchased. They are included in the download so you can try them out on your site, and also at the request of existing users so that all get updated together.
Have you built a dating site on WordPress? I’d be very interested to know about your experiences, go ahead and leave a comment below.
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