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CougarLife.com is a niche site that aims to match Cougars with Cubs for online fun and dating. It looks good and is easy to navigate and use, with some thoughtful touches and features. You'll also find a large membership base and plenty of online activity, so your chances of finding a date are pretty good. That said, there are one or two sites out there that are just that bit bigger and better, as well as being better value for money, but you're certain to appreciate this Cougar dating site.
When deciding upon which online dating website to choose, price is going to be a pretty important factor for most of us. Let us state right here that CougarLife.com isn't the cheapest site out there, and the membership packages are slightly confusing. You can choose from three packages and you get little idea of which is most suitable. The key is to note the number of credits; basically, the more credits, the more you can do as most features incur a small credit fee. This lacks the advantage of regular subscription membership, whereby you get unlimited access to features.
It's free to join, create your profile and take a look around the site. You'll notice that everything's well organized, making for a clear, navigable site. The 'dashboard' allows you to stay in control and keep track of messages, which is really helpful, especially if you have a busy dating life. The dashboard keeps you informed and up to date, making sure you are organized and don't miss any messages. For a $5.00 one-off fee you can also keep track on your portable device, which is worth considering too.
At the time of this review there were around 500,000 profiles listed and 7,984 online when we checked. The nice thing about the profiles is that many feature a lengthy self-written section that gives you a great sense of the member in their own words, whereas multiple choice lists make for a decidedly dreary read. The profiles feature tabs to take you to different sections, and again there's the sense that a lot of thought has gone into ensuring that profiles are clear and user-friendly. Plenty of profiles feature multiple photos of good quality that can be enlarged by clicking on them. Each profile can also include private photos that have to be unlocked by a member in order for you to see them, so you won't get to see the whole profile unless you receive permission. The hotter pictures are kept under wraps rather than being there for all to see; not everybody is comfortable with the saucier material and the site aims to cater to those looking for romance, not raunchiness.
There are a few search options available to members (see above) though there isn't really an advanced search as such. However, the extensive range of filters approximates to an advanced search. The 'exclude members I've contacted' filter is very handy for screening out those you've already been in touch with (or wish to avoid). To get in touch with others there's email and 'flirts' (automated messages to express your interest). It's also possible to comment on profiles and send virtual gifts.
Free members are quite limited in terms of what they can do without upgrading; registering, creating a profile, searching for browsing profiles just about sums it up. For those of you who like it here, the Ultimate membership package works out at a great monthly price, but you have to commit for a year. If you don't want to commit for so long why not consider the 3-Month package; if you're unsure, the Premium membership offers you membership on a monthly basis, but the catch is that it's quite expensive and isn't really worth forking out for though Premium members are highlighted at the top of search results, get a badge on their profile and exclusive access to new members. Plus, if you don't manage to find a date you can get your subscription refunded (provided you have made some effort to find one). In case of questions or further information, a FAQs page exists on the site and there's email support should this not resolve your query.
CougarLife.com offers a great deal to Cougars and Cubs, and is bound to get you up and dating before you know it. But be wise and sign up for one of the lower monthly priced subscription packages to get the best value.
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