Reddit Online dating is one of the most profitable niches online. I tested the dating niche myself a few years back by launching a small dating review website. I made a little money from it, but sold it on as I was focusing on other projects.
Still, I got an inside view of how profitable the niche can be. Rather than refer people to other dating services, why not start your own?
Sure, it is difficult to compete with the marketing budgets of behemoths such as Match. For example, in the UK there are always adverts for uniform dating websites. And who knows, perhaps you could go down the freemium route and develop the next Plenty of Fish.
To help you start your own dating website, I checked out fifteen of the best dating scripts available online. The top end dating scripts retail for a few hundred dollars, though there are some cheaper alternatives available too. I hope you enjoy the list. It uses a templating system for designing your website. You can style things yourself or use one of the many templates available.
The software uses PHP and a license will grant you to the full source code. They provide a full all in one solution for a number of dating niches such as escorts, dating, adult dating, adult social networking, and adult webcam chat.
Dating Site Builder markets itself as an all in one dating solution. It boasts many great features such as speed dating, a matchmaking system, photo verifications, events and more.
The social networking aspect of the script is great. Users can update their own blog and upload photo albums, music, and videos. There are many templates available for selection so you should find something to fit your project.
A few add ons are available too, such as a mobile application suite. Though these add ons will cost you extra. Forum support is also provided free of charge. You will also get one month of free ticket support. SkaDate is a feature packed dating application that comes with many different skins. It comes with integrated advertising features and anti-spam control. It also has a built in classifieds system and a virtual gift system that allows users to send gifts to each other.
All licenses include free installation, free support, and free updates. A clean dating script that comes with four dating templates. They have been around since It offers a lot of ways to make money from your website, such as charging users to send messages and for access to premium features such as instant messenger.
The overall quality of the design and admin interface is high. However, on the plus side, the open source plan does come with brand removal as default.
More expensive packages are available that come with additional features and add ons. Thankfully, there is a free trial available that lets you try the application. PG Dating Pro has been involved in the dating niche for 15 years. I later published a detailed review of PG Dating Pro. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with the script and found it to be slow, outdated, and expensive. It features social media integration support for Facebook, Twitter, Skype and MySpace, dynamic searching using profile photos, Google Maps integration, chat rooms, and a classifieds option.
Banner and Google Adsense advertising can also be integrated into the design. A theme manager is available in the admin area and there are lots of pre-made dating skins to select. The software has been optimised for mobile devices too. Of course, all of these added expenses are optional. AspNetDating is an interesting dating script that offers a lot of expensive add ons.
The design is mobile friendly and can handle recurring payments through Stripe, Authorize. You can also offer trials to potential customers. Members can display their online status to others and upload photos to an album.
It comes packaged with three different skins and the Slider Revolution plugin to ensure your home page looks great. A great looking WordPress theme that has native support for many other WordPress plugins. The dating theme is mobile friendly and comes with great features for members such as live chat, private messaging, Facebook login, and virtual gifts. It can support multiple membership levels and accept payments as it has WooCommerce support. Styling and colours can be edited through the settings area.
You can add a blog, forums, directories, galleries, and much more. LoveStory supports multiple membership levels. It supports multiple membership levels, paid and trial memberships, and anti-spam protection. Several popular payment gateways are supported and it can be integrated with a discussion forum script.
Two different licenses are available. Both licenses come with lifetime support and one year of updates. You can upgrade to the commercial license from the personal license by simply paying the difference. A feature packed dating script that has many useful multimedia features. It also has a featured member system. Although it is sold as a dating script, it comes across more as a general social networking solution, however you may want to check it out for its quirky dating features such as hot or not.
Other modules are available to extend functionality further, such as mobile frameworks and membership extensions. Chameleon is a social networking script that comes with many unique dating features. It features dozens of built in templates, custom fields, and built in payment options. Website statistics are provided through the administration area, however you can also integrate Google Analytics. Google Adsense can also be integrated to help you earn additional income.
It had a number of bad reviews online, however it was bought over by the software company Advantate. They have completely overhauled the software and the pricing structure. This grants you access to the source code and includes free support and free upgrades forever. It also features one year of free hosting. It includes a few different matching systems to encourage interactions between members.
Photo uploads are also available and members can search for others using basic and advanced fields. Registrations, member payments, content, and other settings, can all be controlled via the admin area. SoftDatePro lets members search using many fields. Members can search profiles of other members and send them private messages.
Users, content, and membership levels, can all be controlled via the admin area. Each purchase comes with the full source code and original Photoshop files.
MyMatch offers beautiful dating skins and is available at a great price. It comes with many different themes and can support an internal blog and discussion forum.
The software also has support for Skype, SMS message updates, and member groups. A regular and adult version are available at this price. Each license offers one year of software updates and support and comes with the original source code. It also supports affiliate ads and Google adsense. The script allows you display featured members, image galleries, who is online and more.
The basic design of the script reminds me of Plenty of Fish, though it remains functional. I checked out dozens of free scripts. Their designs were poor and they had not been updated in years. Sadly, DateMill is the best of a bad bunch; however I wanted to ensure there was at least on option for those of you on a budget. In my opinion, you would be better using the free script BuddyPress instead of this. It was not designed specifically for dating websites, however it is a fantastic community script and is updated frequently.
DateMill is one of the few free dating scripts you should consider. I hope you found this list of dating applications useful. The dating niche is huge. Even if you can only get a small share of the market, you might make a lot of money. Some of the solutions in the above list are expensive. Therefore, be sure to check out the demo of the front and anf the administration area. If no demo is available, contact the developer of the script and ask if you can get temporary access in order to test the script.
If you know of any other great dating scripts, please let me know in the comment area below.