Hookup potential: 3/5 Features: 3/5 Design: 3/5 Content: 3/5
- Simple layout with helpful features
- Good search functionality
- Minimal number of ads for other sites displayed
- Member’s Photo Gallery is difficult to navigate
- Some features transfer you to another site without warning
The Full Story:
The registration procedure for signing up with Red Personals is quite involved. You need to enter a variety of personal details–five pages of information in total.
The home page of Red Personals that you immediately see after logging in is simple but has a lot of helpful features for someone who is looking for a sexy date / one night stand. For example, it links to a page that provides all of the search features together. If you already know the nickname of a particular member you can simply type in the nickname to bring you to that member’s profile. The Simple Search feature lets you filter the ads made by members according to their gender, age, location and sexual preference. The other way to look for potential dates or sex partners is by browsing the Member’s Photo Gallery. Photographs of members are presented here, 30 photos per page. This is something Red Personals could afford to improve on. The only way to navigate this database of pictures is by clicking on the “Next Page” or “Previous Page” buttons. It can be clunky and frustrating.
For Gold Members, there are four additional ways of looking for a partner. One that is very convenient is one that shows a list of the profiles who are currently online. If you are in a hurry to get hooking up, this is a great feature! You can also filter the “who is online” results by choosing to show only couples, women or men. You can also sort the order of the photos shown by nickname or distance from your location.
Another advanced search feature for Gold Members is the Photo Browse, which is a slightly improved version of browsing the Member’s Photo Gallery. It shows the ads created by members that describe themselves and some photos of themselves. You can filter by gender, preference, age range, state, and country. The Profile Search will also let you search for certain keywords in the profiles or headline of members. The best search feature for Gold Members, however, is the Advanced Search tool. Here you can see the importance of those several pages of information that you needed to enter to sign up. Aside from the usual filtering criteria, you can also choose base on eye color, hair color, weight range, race, religion, drinks, smokes, marital status, number of kids, and education.
What is referred to as your “ad” within Red Personals is actually a compilation of your personal information that other members are able to see when they are browsing for potential dates. It contains information such as age, sex, location, distance, marital status, race, hair color, eye color, sexual preferences, AIM user name, self-description, photo, etc. A feature that I find interesting is the Purity Test because it lets you know how experienced a particular member is regarding sex with the opposite sex, sex with the same sex, use of drugs, exhibitionism, bondage, etc.
The Forums section is helpful because you can get a lot of information on dating, various kinds of sexual orientations, and associated information. You can make friends with other members who use this section through participating in discussions. If you want to know more about a particular person than what has been provided in the profile, the Forums section is the place to go.
Live Cams are available for viewing but they’ll cost you. A related section is the “Online Video Dating” which will bring you to a different site, one which is definitely there to make some money off of you.
My Mailbox is an important tool for sending and receiving personal messages within the site. This is part of the available communication system that will assist you in finding that perfect NSA partner.
Red Personals has enough of what you need to keep you satisfied. Just be wary of the upsells and grit your teeth and grind through the signup questionnaire; it’s really worth the time investment for the enhanced search capabilities that it ultimately facilitates.