Bondage.com review

Quick Summary:


Hookup potential: 4/5 Features: 4/5 Design: 4/5 Content: 5/5

  • The Internet’s most popular “dating” website for the Fetish and BDSM community.
  • Packed with features and a thriving, active membership.
  • Attractive and niche-appropriate design.

The Full Story:

The diversity of the BDSM community forever amazes me. Yoking together a community this heterogeneous is no mean task, but for my $19.95 bondage.com seems to have come closer than any other similar site to doing so. Frankly, I doubt any other BDSM or fetish website exists with the number of members, resources, and user facilities that bondage.com can boast.

I signed up for a premium account, logged in, and decided to begin by assuming the role of someone looking for a “play date.” One of the more useful and interesting features you’ll initially encounter after signing up is the BDSM checklist. The idea being that you can check off everything you’ve done and grade your experience (on a Loved it->Hated It continuum.) This way, anyone browsing through profiles can know instantly if you have “play chemistry” with them–you can also email your checklist internally or externally to others to prep them for your BDSM preferences before deciding whether to meet or not. Even if people browsing your profile don’t physically refer to the checklist, the website will do it for them automatically and offer them an instant compatibility rating. Another nice feature for casual profile browsing is the reply rating–it’ll let you know how often members you’re viewing respond to email (or indeed, if they respond at all.) It’d be a great time-saver if other dating sites had this feature.

I found the A/V chat feature a bit off-putting. It took quite a while to load and had an “obviously third party software” feel (the design has not been integrated into bondage.com’s distinctive look). Plus, once you get it up, it does its level best to turn on your microphone and camera for you. What if I just wanted vanilla text chat? Just sound? Just video? It seemed needlessly anxious to be exclusionary. Pushy software that always thinks it knows best is a real pet peeve of mine (Microsoft Word should be consigned eternally to the Stygian depths.) Anyway, after text-chatting with some of the members for a bit, I shut it down and went to another page. There wasn’t much going on in the room, anyway. The A/V chat has only one room and isn’t organized according to topic. The administrators seemed kind of heavy, too. No insults or bad language on an adult dating website? We’re not 12-year-olds, people–how about you let us decide how we’re going to interact with each other?

The forums seem to be a better way to start quickly interacting with the community and making connections. I noticed that some topics were getting a lot of hits, particularly those in the humor section of the forum. After posting and responding a bit I realized that it was a lot of fun. Full of flirty exchanges and journeys into comical sarcasm.

Another way to get into the community is through the groups section. I guess they’re like a kinkier version of Yahoo or Usenet Groups, only you get to post personal ads in them too. I joined “Learning the Ropes”. Each group is given its own discussion forum–they’re often disappointing, though. The first one I joined, for example, had active posts but the only topic was “Introductions”. I was left thinking “Okay, well. I’m new here but I’m sure I can manage to engage people beyond a basic meet-and-greet introduction.”  The group “Humiliation & Degradation R US” was one of the better groups I explored; it seemed very active and popular, and members had a range of topics available for discussion. All groups are user-created by premium members. I think it wouldn’t be a terrible idea for the bondage.com operators to step in and try to provide a bit more moderation and content for the groups feature. After all, it is these discussions that help to make the website “sticky”.

I stand in open admiration of the effort put into the creation of the site. Like I said, it has pretty much everything a serious BDSM practitioner might need and its pragmatic, attractive, and functional design is organized logically and intuitively. they make it easy to filter and tailor the site to provide the experiences you want to have on it. You can effortlessly switch between interacting with groups, individuals, or just trolling about on your lonesome enjoying videos, stories, blogs, and so on.

One thing aside from the A/V chat which did bug me was the “shopping” section of the site. As Bondage.com does not sell its own physical merchandise it uses affiliate plugins to facilitate kink-related purchases. This means that sometimes when you decide to check out details of items, you are redirected to an offsite merchant page, losing your bondage.com connection while you shop and with no links to quickly get you back home. These links should really open in new windows.

Anyway, this is a minor glitch and wouldn’t stop me from recommending the website to anyone involved in the BDSM lifestyle, or who is curious about exploring it. A-. Good job.

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9 Responses to “Bondage.com review”

  1. Adam
    June 9, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    4/5 Features: 4/5 Design: 4/5 Content: 5/5. Great review. Been a member of this group for some time now.

  2. Ronald
    June 10, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    I didn’t know there’s dating site like this on a specific niche. I am amazed.

  3. Vaio
    June 11, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    I find the design really cool. It just fits the niche. Grat review by the way.

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    June 12, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

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    June 17, 2009 at 7:33 am #

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    June 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm #

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