In fact, they’re not even exclusively for dating, as Ok Cupid allows you to be married or in a relationship but looking for friends.

Being divorced for several years, I have tried my hand at online dating, experimenting with a number of different sites, and I know from experience that for someone new to the process, it can be rather intimidating and confusing.

You might be wondering which site is best for you, and if you should bother paying for a membership or not.

To help answer that question, keep the following in mind: Free sites are geared toward casual daters, while paid sites tend to be for people looking for a serious relationship.

Of course, it’s not always that simple, and there are exceptions.

Upgrading costs $35.40 for three months, $51.00 for six months, or $81.40 for one year.

Plentyof Fish has spun off a new dating site called e Vow, which is only for those seriously looking for a long-term relationship.

You can view matches and send messages and “winks” for free on e Vow, just like on its sister site.

But the key to finding the right site (or sites) for you depends on what type of relationship you’re in search of.

If you’re just dipping your toes back into the dating pool, free sites can be a great place to start.