Some free online dating websites are OKCupid.com, PlentyOfFish.com, and Match.com. Zoosk.com and EHarmony.com are other free dating websites. These websites require a user to sign up with her name and email address, after which she can set up a profile that includes photographs and her interests.
Online dating sites allow a user to search for people with set criteria, such as age, gender, location, interests or body type. A user can visit profiles of other users, leave messages and chat. Some online dating services offer video chat.
Most websites allow a user to browse profiles without entering any information about herself but promise better matches if she provides personal information, such as her location, body type, interests and activities, religious and political beliefs, and attitudes toward family and children. Similarly, a user may also need to enter information about her ideal partner or date.
While these websites are free to join and use, some of them offer paid monthly or yearly memberships, which offer additional perks. For example, OKCupid's A-List membership upgrades the user's inbox size and offers additional search filters, among other features. As of 2015, a user can also use her mobile phone to install online dating applications.