In the online dating word, there are two types of sites: those that cater to everyone regardless of sexual preference, race or religion, and the ones that instead focus on a more specific aspect so people can meet people who share the same interests and way of life. ChristianMatchMaker belongs to the latter group, as their main target audience is Christians. Of course, this fact isn’t just showcased in the name, as ChristianMatchMaker designed its matchmaking to consider specific aspects related to Christianity when recommending possible date partners. But the extra features of this service don’t stop there, as the site provides users the opportunity to meet new and popular members in a randomized fashion, start live chatting, or burst a personal message into the dating crowd by mega winking.
ChristianMatchMaker is an ideal pick for people who understand that their faith is an important part in a relationship, and seek other singles who share their beliefs. The site provides all of these people a purely Christian community. Naturally, this means that the profile system is specifically catered to this, as the site for instance asks about your calling, or the regular intervals of your attendance.
Setting up an account and creating a profile on ChristianMatchMaker isn’t just easy, but completely free too. As part of the experienced Avalanche dating network – that also own Matchmaker and Jewcier – ChristianMatchMaker shares the group’s polished and easy to use registration process, modified to suit the needs of Christians users. The overall process doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes, and you also receive responsive help through bubbles on the side. Other than the basic information that is part of every registration – fictional or real user name, email address, location, the partner’s preferred age – you should give specific details about your race, drinking and smoking habits, plus your denomination, calling and attendance. After you’ve finished choosing the appropriate answer, the system sends you an activation email to verify your registration.
After logging in, the first thing you should do is upload a photo and write something about yourself in the essay section. The profile section of ChristianMatchMaker is nothing special, but self-explanatory enough to help raising interest with others. Probably the most noteworthy part you can enter something more intuitive than the pre-made answers is the “In My Own Words” section. It’s important to state that all the other answers you gave during the registration helps the search engine gather matching date partners, while the essay could be the part where you grab their attention. As for the search in general, you can seek for Christian singles of your interest manually, setting the right search parameters or by visiting the “popular” or “active” galleries. Alternatively, adventurous users should give chance to a blindfolded cupid, as ChristianMatchMaker has an extra feature where every day you are offered a given number of random people in row.
Starting a conversation is quite smooth and easy. The basic way of messaging is done through emails, where you can send a simple text to your lovely target. In case you are a well-mannered gentleman or lady, try clicking the “show interest” button first, as it’s a more polite way to notify someone about your affection. Also, this second feature is truly free on your part, while sending free messages is only available during temporary periods, and most of the time only premium members can use them. Mega winking is also a great way to get as many singles’ attention as possible. You can choose from a given number of messages – if you are a paying member you can write your own – which will be broadcasted within a large area of users. Lastly, the most effective option is the instant messaging, aka live chatting. For subscribed users only, of course.
Today’s generation is a mobile generation: people regardless of age like to take their dating activaties along with them during their everyday tasks. ChristianMatchMaker only comes halfway to these expectations, as the service hasn’t got its own smartphone app, but the site is compatible with smaller mobile screens. Of course, this is a relief, since accessing the site from your smartphone’s browser is a great way to distract you from the boring bus ride, or pad your time during the lunchbreak. All the features you know from the desktop version of the site are here, but they’re just rearranged to spare you from constantly swiping side to side. Browsing through profiles is also easier this way. On the other hand, the lack of a smartphone app is a painful loss. This way, all users are incapacitated from receiving regular notifications when their partner sent a message or someone showed interest in them.
As you come to expect, most dating sites, ChristianMatchMaker included, offer freedom in the form of a gilded cage: you are free to register, no credit card info needed, and you aren’t even charged for browsing. ChristianMatchMaker even goes so far to occasionally allow you to send a free message. But the pay-hammer strikes down right when you wish to live chat, or send emails to others without limitations. Thus becoming a paying member is the only way to ensure you not only find, but also keep the love of your life. As for the actual prices, ChristianMatchMaker reduces the monthly charges if you choose a longer plan. The one-month-plan costs you $29.95, while the three month plan is $19.98 per month. The semi-annual membership starts from $14.99 per month, but on the longer run the most beneficial is the annual plan, reducing the price to only $10.00 per month.
ChristianMatchMaker shares its customer support with other members of the Avalanche network, meaning it has the same look and feel. Also, behind the walls a relentless guardian system watches over all the profiles, looking for scammers and fake accounts. In case you miss the email verification – as you can start browsing without it – your profile will be deleted after a short time. The fate is similar for profiles that are made to abuse the unsuspecting Christian members. As for troubleshooting, the FAQ section is quite bleak, with only a couple answers offered for you. If you haven’t found a solution there, your only option is to send the customer service an email, as they don’t give means to be reached over the phone.
ChristianMatchMaker isn’t really a step up to similar sites like MatchMaker, rather more of a private room for a smaller group of people. Although it gives rarely enough opportunity to flesh out your generic personal profile, it’s competent enough to serve your needs while searching for soulmates. The matchmaking and community features are interesting, and the user base is international, although the activity is somewhat staggering. The site is handled easily both on computer and smartphones, but sadly there is no separate app for smartphones and tablets. Lastly, you are offered the chance to register free of charge, but you might be stopped at the doorstep of love if you don’t subscribe to a pricy private membership.
- Christian members only
- Mobile-friendly website
- Generic design
- Messaging is premium content
- High prices