What dating site categories are there?

While there are endless online dating categories, you can distinguish between three basic types of dating on the internet:

Matchmaking service (also: dating, marriage bureau) 

Portals, which are dedicated to the search for a life partner, the love of your life and the ultimate harmonious relationship. The most well-known providers in this category are eHarmony, EliteSingles or Be2, whose members tend to be older and the membership fees rather high. In exchange, matchmaking services usually offer a detailed personality test and deliver individually tailored partner suggestions.

Sex dating (also: Casual dating)

On the other end of the spectrum, there are sites where you won’t find a lifetime partner but rather one for a One Night Stand. Thanks to the relatively recent casual dating trends, erotic dating sites were able to stop hiding in the shadows and are now taken almost as serious as the competitors for lifelong love. The most popular providers in this category are BeNaughty, C-date and Victoria Milan.

Dating (also: Personals, flirt and chat sites)

The big melting pot for those who are looking for more than sex, but aren’t quite ready for anything too serious. Depending on the provider, you can just get to know people, flirt or fall in love. The most well-known providers in this category include Match.com, Tinder or Badoo. Here members of all ages can be found and the membership fees are not as high as with matchmaking services – there are even a few descent free providers.