Starting off with ChristianCafe.com is extremely user-friendly, and immediately after registration, you’re free to begin communicating with fellow Christians. While you’re registering with ChristianCafe.com, you’ll be asked to fill out a series of questions, which gives you an opportunity to express who you are and what you’re looking for. The questions will ask about your life goals, education, current job, hobbies and passions, career ambitions and what you’re hoping to gain from the ChristianCafe.com experience. After your registration is complete, a personalized profile is created; your profile will show your picture, physical descriptions, location, personality details and short answers. By paying attention to the finer details, ChristianCafe.com is better equipped to match you with prospective mates.
Simplicity and convenience are the words describing ChristianCafe.com’s matchmaking system the best. When searching for dates, you have two options in your hands. You can either initiate a manual search in the old-fashioned way – setting different profile parameters to refine the results – or you can browse the list of singles currently online. You can further sort the results by gender or location. We found it appealing that ChristianCafe.com encourages relationship building between the Christian community, even if no romance is involved. The site is a place where people can meet others with the same beliefs as them, and develop friendships. The “Birthday” tab is especially a good example of this: with this feature you see all the members who celebrate their birthday on that given day. Sending a heartfelt message to someone makes a good impression and serves as an ice breaker.
Despite the good premise of the matchmaking engine, the communication is the part where ChristianCafe.com’s winning streak falls a bit short. You have your standard tools under you belt, like winking, marking the profile as favorite and most importantly sending an email message. But this is all you can do, really. Live chatting is maybe the most painful missing feature, but the addition of creative postcards or pre-written messages would have been welcomed as well. Still, considering that during the 10-day trial period you are free to get in touch with anyone you like, this is still an attractive choice. As for non-personal communication, you can participate in forum threads and share your opinions, or post unique prayers on the site, attracting the spirit of others.
After testing ChristianCafe.com’s mobile support, we can definitely say that it’s one of their strongest points. Very few dating sites recognize the true potential of smartphone usage for their users. People nowadays spend more time with their mobile than sitting in front of a computer. This leads to the natural conclusion that porting the smaller screens would bring a huge boost on user activity. ChristianCafe.com deserves credit for not stopping at a mere mobile-friendly website, and taking the extra mile to actually develop a separate application for iOS and Android devices respectively. Said apps are redesigned in a way to fit the touch-based navigation. The menu items are placed on bigger buttons at the top of the screen, and there is a larger emphasis on profile pictures as well. Sliding between profiles is nice and easy, not to mention writing messages is also smooth on mobile.
ChristianCafe.com differs quite a lot from other dating sites in terms of pricing. First of all, you won’t get a free to use account. Instead they provide a 10-day trial account upon registration. The major difference is that your profile won’t remain active indefinitely, but on the other hand you are allowed to experience the service at its full, without any limitations or restrictions.
After the initial trial period has ended you can still reactivate your account by becoming a full member. The subscription fee starts with the monthly subscription, charging you for $34.97 each month. This is quite a hefty price for a dating service, but prolonging your stay provides a large discount. Opting for a 3-month membership only costs $16.65 per month ($49.95 in total), while choosing the semi-annual plan is only $13.32 per month ($79.95 in total). Still, the most cost-effective solution is to commit for a full year, as it reduces the price to only $9.16 per month. ChristianCafe.com often holds limited time only sales to celebrate the start of a new season, holidays and various other occasions. These sales tend to be worthwhile with additional discounts up to $40 off standard rates.
We found ChristianCafe.com a bit lacking on the front of customer support. The site itself is informative enough about the features, and they sport a knowledgebase as well, but otherwise the human contact is fairly limited. The service seems to shy behind the otherwise comprehensive FAQ section, as they encourage users to look for answers there before contacting customer support. In case you still insist to ask for help in the traditional way, you can either shoot them an email or write them an actual letter, since they display their company address. ChristianCafe.com also has a presence on social media sites, but besides their blog articles you only find generic motivational posts.
Placing ChristianCafe.com among the competition was especially hard, as they tend to follow a different path from the rest of the dating sites. While others like to lure in new members with the promise of a free (but very restricted account), ChristianCafe.com offers full freedom for 10 days via its trial plan. The site also takes great pride in catering to the Christian community, with hidden little extras like the “Post a Prayer” feature and the birthday tab. The matchmaking is solid, and the ability to display online members by different criteria is very helpful. ChristianCafe.com isn’t just about matching singles though, as they emphasize the possibility to develop friendships or just discuss ideas on the forum. Mobile support is an undoubtedly strong point for the service, and even though the starting prices are quite high, you can lower your monthly membership fees to an acceptable level by opting longer.
- Convenient matchmaking
- Christian features
- Good for finding friends
- 10-day unrestricted trial
- Lack of matchmaking extras
- No live chat