The registration process is pretty straightforward, but touches all of the main bases, so to speak; when you register you are asked to confirm your age, gender, what you are looking for, your basic physical condition, height, etc. What is interesting, however, is that alongside the usual lifestyle questions about smoking, drinking, and exercise, there’s a field for you to fill out your average yearly income; if you’ve tried a few sites you’ll recognize that as unusual immediately.
Rather than being a big issue, however, your income, and the income of others, is simply notes alongside all the other basic facts. This is the first of many little quirks that add up to make Lavalife.com feel… unusual. Unlike certain sites, EliteSingles.com for example, Lavalife.com makes no point of matching you with your “economic equals”. Which begs the question – why is this information requested?
Once you have registered you will be prompted to create your profile by uploading a picture, filling out the about me section and so on, but unlike many sites Lavalife.com doesn’t actually put too much time into encouraging you to complete your profile. It does prompt you to go through an email verification process before you can contact other users, but that’s about it. The member login area is pretty easy to navigate, but you would be best to save your details as the site refreshes and kicks you out fairly often. This can become quite frustrating after a while.
Lavalife.com offers a 7-day free trial, as noted, after which point the membership must be paid for. You can pay in 1, 3, or 6-month chunks at prices of $20, $50, and $90, respectively. The thing is, other than the continuation of your membership it’s not clear exactly what you’re paying up to $20 a month for. Thus far Lavalife.com seems to have fewer members than other comparable sites like Lovoo.com, and the basic layout and features aren’t overly special. In fact, the only thing that really sets Lavalife.com apart is its unparalleled flexibility…/p>
So far so basic, but the 7-day free trial gives you time to learn the fundamentals of the site. You can search by username, by location, age, gender, and by the kind of connection you want. This is where Lavalife.com shines; you can switch from viewing people who want meetups to those who want relationships, and all the way to those who want a friendship with just a click. You can also search people by education, by income, and various other “advanced” criteria.
Deleting the account should it fail to suit you, however, is very easy; just a matter of ticking a box and clicking a button.
All in all, it’s an excellent idea that needs some work and development because right now it feels too eclectic… as if, in trying to make a hub, the creators just threw together everything they could think of. It lacks coherence, though the members seem friendly and tend to be attractive, so there’s a silver lining here.
In fact, Lavalife.com isn’t a bad dating site by any stretch of the imagination… it just isn’t operating on the right level to charge what it does for what it offers. This is the crux of the problem; if Lavalife were a free site, or at least had a free membership option, then it would be a good tool for singles looking to do everything in one place. That it doesn’t allow for connection to social media, as far as I could see anyway, is mind-boggling because if it was done well the social media generation would be the perfect demographic for this site. As it is, however, it feels like a joyless cash grab without any defining quirks to make it stand out.