AsianDating is a sister website of the famous FilipinoCupid website and is one of the most popular Asian dating websites. It has more than 2 million members and is similar to FilipinoCupid in its functions as it is run by the same dating niche giant, Cupid Media network.
This website is for foreigners looking for Asian women and is dominated with women from Philippines and Thailand. The presence of women from Indonesia, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong is also felt. One can sign up on AsianDating from anywhere in the world to date them.
AsianDating also has free and paid memberships like other dating websites. Free membership is basically to just view other people's profile and it is not much use with communication.
This dating website has two paid membership plans.
Platinum membership is of $34.99 per month and is the costliest. We feel that the Platinum is almost similar to the Gold plan with a few very less often used features added on.
For useful communication with members, there is no other option but to upgrade to paid membership.
Another bonus if you pay for the membership is that no ads will be displayed on the pages and you enjoy uninterrupted dating.
What's more, you can even hide your profile and photos with paid membership.
Navigation is from the top bar for this website. You can click on 'Upgrade Membership' button in the menu shown when you click on your photo on the top bar, to upgrade your membership.
Signing up is easy with you entering just basic information such as your first name, gender, age, password and, email. Or you can simply sign up with your Facebook account.
As soon as you enter the details you land in the homepage that shows a pop up window prompting you to upload your pictures.
If you do not want to upload pictures from your computer, you can easily copy them from your Facebook account.
Another interesting feature provided by AsianDating website is the alternatives it gives to upload your photos.
You can use your webcam, QR code, mobile, email or even post to upload pictures. Quite a lot of options, huh?
This feature is truly important as this website is driven mainly on photos. It is because English is not the first language for many users on the website.
Once you get the photos out of the way, you will be shown the home page with your recommended matches. As it happens, like other dating websites, even AsianDating has more men in the higher age bracket than women.
To improve your matches you would have to complete your profile, match preferences, interests and such details.
You can click on Profile button in the menu shown when you click on your photo in the top bar to edit your details.
In the 'Profile' tab, you would have to fill in quite a number of fields.
Basic details, appearance, lifestyle, background/cultural values, personal measurements and description of yourself in your own words have to be entered. It definitely takes up a lot of your time.
Also, you cannot be sure if the other person has honest answers in his/her profile, right? We feel it is not necessary to key in so much detail, as users usually prefer to get to know each other personally through communication and not through filled forms.
Next is the 'Match' tab.
The match criteria includes details like gender, age, appearance, lifestyle, background/cultural values.
You can enter your interests and hobbies in the 'Interest' tab. This includes your interest in food, music and sports too.
In the 'Personality' tab, you can fill your favourites in movie, books, food, and such details. We find it repetitive as this is already covered in the 'Interest' tab.
The 'CupidTags' tab is an interesting section found in most of the dating websites run by Cupid Media network. You can add tags that describe you in short here.
The 'Verify Profile' tab gives the option of verifying your identity by uploading a copy of your photo ID. This increases your profile's credibility and leads to more matches.
The 'IMBRA' tab asks for details about yourself that needs to be recorded for the safety of your partner if you intend to have a serious relationship.
When you hit the 'Matches' tab in the top bar, you will be shown matches according to the criteria you have chosen. Options to find mutual matches and reverse matches are also shown which we find is interesting.
The 'Search' tab has various options to search for any member on the website. This feature is quite sophisticated and useful.
In the 'Advanced Search' section, you can do an advanced search using gender, age, country, appearance, lifestyle, background/cultural values and sort by various options.
You can even save your searches. Options to search using keyword, cupidtag, first name, and member number are also given. Popular searches are listed for your convenience.
In the 'Messages' tab, you can check your inbox, sent items and even create filters for messages.
When you click on the 'Activity' tab, it shows the recent activity in your account. Here you can check who is interested in you, who marked you as a favorite, who viewed you profile. Also, you can see your interests, favorites, profiles viewed by you as well as the block list.
When you click on the settings(gear) icon shown next to your photo in the top navigation bar, you will be shown a menu of Account Settings.
You can click on Email Address button to edit your email address.
Likewise you can update your password in the Password section.
Under Profile Settings, you can update your online status and localization.
The Billing section shows your current plan details and gives an option to upgrade if applicable.
In the Notifications section, you can update your email, real-time and mobile notification preferences.
Extensive help options are provided in the Help section. If your question is unanswered, you can even contact the AsianDating Team for help.
You can change the language too by selecting an option shown when you hit the Language button.
The good part about this website is that the signing up process is quite simple and has an option to sign up with your Facebook credentials. You can even copy your photos from Facebook to upload on AsianDating.
Another great part is that this website is highly user-friendly. Also, features like uploading picture options are great. The Help section is another highlight of this website.
The bad part is that this website has too many scammers. This is the case with many other websites too, but the fake profile numbers on AsianDating tends to be on the higher side. The main reason for this is that the website does not even have email validation, forget about any other verification.
Next issue is that the session keeps expiring even if you check the option to keep you logged in on the computer when signing in onto the website.
Another irritating problem is that the website leads user into sending messages, but then when the send button is hit, a message asking the user to upgrade to paid membership pops up. So, what's the point in even showing the messaging ability to a basic user?
Overall, we find this website to be okay, if you are extra cautious about scammers and also can spend a few bucks for the basic features like communication. Once the payment is done, the website functions beautifully well.