Some examples of free online dating sites are OkCupid, Casual Kiss, and Plenty of Fish. A vast array of dating sites exist for every region, area of interest and degree of commitment sought in a relationship.
OkCupid was named the best free dating site of 2011 on About.com. Unlike other dating websites, which predetermine the questions that will determine potential matches, OkCupid allows its users to create their own. Casual Kiss has social networking applications and a large international user database. Plenty of Fish is considered to be the first successful free dating website.
It is important to remember a few safety tips when joining an online dating website, such as not posting personal contact information, not responding to anyone asking for money and being wary of potential mates' integrity. If a potential mate's story does not add up, a background check should be done before meeting in person. If the site user is ready to proceed with a first date with someone who can be trusted, some ideas for fun and free dates are volunteering for a good cause together, going window shopping, going to a free museum day and going to a candy or wine shop for a free tour and/or sample.