eHarmony

eHarmony is one of the most widely known dating websites on the Internet right now. They spend millions of dollars in advertising, so ask anyone on the street what eHarmony is, and they’ll definitely be able to give you an answer. So if you’re looking for a widely-known, widely-available site with features that aid in security of communication between you and your matches, then eHarmony is right for you. eHarmony is wrong for you if you’re looking for a “social” experience with the ability to search through pages and pages of local singles, or if you’re looking for a service that is dirt cheap.

pricing Pricing:

  • Basic one month- $59.95
  • Basic 3 months- $39.95 per month
  • Basic six months- $29.95 per month
  • Basic 12 months- $19.95 per month
  • Total Connect three months- $44.95 per month
  • Total Connect six months- $33.95 per month
  • Total Connect 12 months- $23.95 per mont
Package What’s Included In Price: Basic plan gives full access to website, but no Total Connect features. With Total Connect plan you get the full use of the website PLUS a Premium Personality Profile, Secure Call, and RelyID, and Profile Advisor.
Type of Dating Site: Long-term, marriage-type relationships.
Pros:

  • Lots of features available
  • Good matchmaking capability
  • Nice site graphics
  • Fantastic reach (service available in around 200 countries)
Cons:

  • Price- the service is a bit spendy compared to some other sites on the market
  • Profile takes a very long time to fill out

 

Membership: 33 million

Basic Features

  • Matches- Going to the My Matches feature from your eHarmony home page takes you to a page with a grid of tiles with names and photos of your matches.  When you hover over the tiles they flip over showing you their age and location, and gives you the opportunity to send them a message straight from their tile, or hide the match permanently from your Matches page.  If you click directly on their tile it takes you to a page that shows you their photos, their height, and a few other details.  From there, you are able to click to send them a message, send them a smile, or go on to a new match.  On the right side of the screen you’ll also see a right arrow.  If you click the arrow it takes you to more of their profile information.
  • Q+A- When viewing an eHarmony members’ profile, you will see a box that says “Q+A”.  It will tell you how many questions your Match has answered, and it will ask you the same question.  When you answer the question, it will show you how your Match answered the questions as well!
  • eHarmony Guided Communication- You can use the eHarmony Guided Communication if you don’t want to just start emailing openly with your matches. The Guided Communication leads the topics of your first few emails; you answer and ask questions in these categories: “Quick Questions,” “Makes or Breaks,” and “Dig Deeper.” Once you’ve gone through this process, you then have the ability to email freely through the secure eH Mail server.
  • eH Mail- You can communicate with your matches through eHarmony’s secure email server.
  • We Both Enjoy-  eHarmony profiles show you a few things that you both have stated that you enjoy.  This helps you to know if you’ll be compatible.
  • eHarmony mobileeHarmony has a mobile app for Apple’s iPad, iPhone, Android devices, as well as other phones.

Added Total Connect Features

  • Secure Call- Secure Call allows you to set up a telephone call with one of your matches, without actually giving them your phone number. This is nice if you want to maintain a bit of anonymity as you’re still getting to know someone that you met over the Internet.
  • Premium Personality Profile- This gives you 15 extra pages added onto your personality profile. After answering questions, it gives you a breakdown of details about yourself that you can either keep private, share with everyone, or share with select individuals. The areas that the profile addresses are Agreeableness, Openness, Emotional Stability, Conscientiousness, and Extraversion.
  • Profile Advisor- A Profile Advisor is a professional writer who helps you by pretty much writing your profile for you. You give them information about yourself, and they write your profile for you.
  • RelyID- This is a service that verifies that your name, age, and location are legally true and correct.

New Features

  • eH+- eH+ is a one-on-one matchmaking service based off the foundation of the eHarmony personality profiling.  Once you sign up for eHarmony and answer the personality questions, you never have to monitor your online profile again.  You get matched up with a credentialed counselor who monitors your profile who sets up all the communication and dates for you.

Ease of Use: Directly after filling out your personality profile, you are taken to your matches. This is nice because there is no “wait period.” Reading profiles of your matches is simple because there is not a ton of information shown. The information that is displayed on your matches’ profile is all about themselves; there is little to no information about what/who they are looking for in a partner. The profiles are broken up into sections that you use an arrow to go back and forth through.  This helps make the content easier to read and more intriguing.

Aesthetic Appeal: Home page layout is simple and easy to follow. Design is linear so you will feel your eyes being drawn to the things you’re really interested in; like communication between you and your matches. Often advertisements are located on top, underneath, and to the right or left of your home page, so this takes away from the aesthetic appeal. Overall the graphics on the website add to, instead of take away from the experience of being on the site.

The new testing layout is great as well.  It is quite different than the original layout, but it still does a great job of providing member information in a way that is appealing to the reader.

Matching/Compatibility Testing: eHarmony’s matching/compatibility testing is based on the personality profile that you fill out about yourself when you first sign up for the site. The personality profile test is fairly monotonous. You may feel like you are answering way too many questions about yourself. Answering these boring questions which took quite awhile to fill out actually made some of our test subjects start just “B.S.”ing their way through the test in order to be finished and to see their matches.

The members that you are matched with do seem to be fairly compatible.

Races: All races.Ages: Must be 18 years old to register. Best for ages 25-39.

Sexual Orientations: Only straight. Homosexual couples can use their separate site called Compatible
Partners.

Regions/Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana, Bouvet Island, Br. Indian Oc. Territory, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cypress, Czech Republic,  Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eretria, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French S. Territories, Gabon, Gambia The,  Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea,  Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Heard, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Korea North, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, N. Mariana Islands, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, Netherlands The, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papa New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Island, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Georgia, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Helena, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Pierre, St. Vincent, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands (Br.), Virgin Islands (US), Wallis, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe