Welcome to our review of Xdating.com, the latest hookup dating site to grab our attention!
The landing page on Xdating is extremely unusual for a leading site in the casual dating scene. It doesn't waste time distracting you from the Sign Up form with any pretty slogans or detailed indications of what you'll find inside. In fact, there's not even any text about how great the site is or how many members they have. You can't even really scroll down from the registration form, you're stuck there. It's an unusual approach, but it works, and we found ourselves signing up faster than ever via the short registration form, which also adds to the sense of 'get on with it'.
XDating.com - our dating experts review
Once you're inside there is more to it, thankfully! With a standard (free) membership you can visit unlimited profiles, read/receive private messages from premium members and you can 'like' other users. Advanced searches are also free, which isn't always the case on other NSA dating sites. However, you can't send messages unless you upgrade.
Once you pay the subscription fee you become a premium member As mentioned, this means you can send private messages to all users (standard & premium) and you can also post updates through the 'Dating Center' which, the site claims, is “a great way to attract attention to you profile!”. More on that later.
Premium members also appear higher in search results (with a 'star' added to their profile preview), which in theory should mean more views and, in turn, more attention. Upgrading also gives you access to the professional (i.e not member) webcam and porn movie areas, if that's your bag.
A feature we liked a lot allows you to use SMS to read and reply to messages from members of Xdating. The messages are free to read but it costs to reply, as you'd expect. Nevertheless, it's a great example of a 'no-strings attached' dating site using more than the basic technology available to cater for it's members. It's particularly perfect for sex dating because it means that even when you're out and about (think Friday night at the pub with the guys), you're still connected to the world of horny hookups without relying on the internet or taking the time to sign into your Xdating account on your mobile device. It's a nice idea and makes us wonder why more casual dating sites don't offer this convenient option.
Generally speaking, the site looks good and works well on both web and mobile. Navigation could be clearer – after playing around on the site for some time we still have no idea what 'Safe Mode' or the 'Dating Centre' actually are. We also aren't so sure about the fact that three of the main navigation tabs ('Cams', 'Free Movies' and 'Meet & Fuck') all take us away from the main site and our search for local casual singles which is, after all, why we signed up.
A final point to mention is that the site has a pop up that appears the first time you login offering a quick way to contact customer service. This, like the SMS feature, is a really a nice touch – if only more dating sites made contacting support this easy then a lot of negative experiences could be stopped in their tracks.
Is XDating.com worth your attention?
All in all we have to give kudos to Xdating's casual hookup site because they've clearly thought in detail about what they can add to the site to keep their horny single women and men happy. However, going from perhaps the most minimalistic front page we've ever see in the online dating industry to a members area navigation that offers us distractions like webcams and porn videos was a little bit unexpected. If you're looking for a site membership that bundles in this kind of adult entertainment, then we suspect you'll be delighted at the extra bang for your buck. One thing's for sure, you could do a lot worse than add Xdaing to your list of monthly casual dating site subscriptions, the SMS feature and good customer service alone is enough for us to believe that the site will deliver a good hookup experience, as long as you have good search results for your local area.
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