Having operated as a paid dating website since 2006, PlentyMoreFish is one of the better-established names in the UK digital dating scene. Users on a budget will be pleased to know that this service offers free subscriptions, though unpaid accounts are restricted in some respects. Uniquely, PlentyMoreFish allows daters to join 7 specific dating ‘ponds’, allowing them to meet potential partners with similar expectations.
|Best for||‘No strings’ naughty dating|
|User base||Singles, naughty daters, single parents, christians and divorcees|
|Number of members||2 million|
|Recommended age||Over 40|
|Favourite features||Dating Diary, Winks, Who’s Viewed Me|
Tom: “I signed up on Plenty More Fish… the messages I received were from very, very desirable women.”
Anonymous: “I met someone through it 3 months ago and that’s going great”
Opening an account is straightforward. Initially, you have to choose a dating pond to join. Don’t worry, this is the only fish joke you’ll have to deal with! There are a total of 7 ponds. The 3 largest are the Single Pond, which is for regular dating, the Silver Pond for daters over 40 and, finally, the Naughty Pond. As you can imagine, the Naughty Pond is for dating without any strings attached. If you’re looking for a slightly more niche selection of potential dates, you might also consider the Single Parent, Christian, Cuddly or Divorced ponds.
After selecting a pond, you’ll be asked whether you’re a ‘Man looking for a woman’ or a ‘Woman looking for a man’ and to enter your email address, name and age. Disappointingly, Plenty More Fish doesn’t offer coverage for users looking for LGBT+ dates. Things get a bit more detailed in the next step where you can upload a photo and answer questions to help your profile stand out with personalised information such as your income and religion.
Plenty More Fish’s ponds help you to avoid wasting your time with people looking for different dating experiences. Whenever you log in, you’ll only be matched with profiles of users in the same pond. It’s possible to search for partners by location or age and to narrow the results down by filtering for a range of different attributes.
Profile lists can be sorted by most recent login date, and you can even choose to see users online right now. This is a great way to ensure you only contact people who will actually see your messages.
Also, try out the Encounters tool for a different way to stumble upon admirers. This feature presents you with a stream of user profile photos. If you like one of them, and they like yours too, the pair of you will be automatically notified.
When you find a user you’d like to get to know better, you can send them a wink, a message or a live chat request. Winking is a great option if you don’t want to waste time composing the perfect message. In the past, receiving messages was a premium only feature but, happily, this restriction has been lifted.
PlentyMoreFish lets you spice up your profile with its Dating Diaries feature. With it, you can post blog-style updates, giving potential partners a better insight into your personality. Another stand out feature is the ‘Who’s Viewed Me’ page. Here, you can see anyone who’s looked at your profile and, if you want to, get in touch with them. This is a great time-saving addition because you’ll only be contacting users you know are interested in you.
Who’s Viewed Me is also a great way to tell if your current profile set up is working for you. If you make a change and suddenly people stop checking you out, you’ll know to undo it.
PlentyMoreFish offers an extensive set of security recommendations and safety tips to check out before you message or meet other users. The platform is also protected by Online Dating Protector, a service which scans accounts to check they are genuine. All photos and text added to PlentyMoreFish profiles are also subject to review. That’s great if you want to avoid time-wasting bots and inappropriate content.
It is disappointing, however, that PlentyMoreFish doesn’t encrypt the user data stored on its servers. You should bear this fact in mind before uploading any private information to the site.
Premium Plenty More Fish subscriptions start at £12.50 per month. Without one, you can’t chat with partners, post diary updates or see who’s peeked at your profile.
|Subscription||Total Cost||Cost per month||Savings|
In case you run into difficulties, PlentyMoreFish offers a comprehensive support section. There, you can find advice on navigating the website and creating the most attractive possible profile. You can also start a live chat session with support staff who work for PlentyMoreFish’s parent company, Venntro. Sadly, live technical assistance isn’t available 24/7.
Not every user will find their perfect partner on PlentyMoreFish, But, overall, this is an excellent dating platform. It stands out thanks to its Dating Diary feature which allows you to share who you really are with potential significant others. This is a good option to consider for budget daters thanks to the fairly relaxed restrictions placed on free accounts.
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