Being divorced for several years, I have tried my hand at online dating, experimenting with a number of different sites, and I know from experience that for someone new to the process, it can be rather intimidating and confusing.

Upgrading costs $35.40 for three months, $51.00 for six months, or $81.40 for one year.

Plentyof Fish has spun off a new dating site called e Vow, which is only for those seriously looking for a long-term relationship.

You can view matches and send messages and “winks” for free on e Vow, just like on its sister site.

In fact, they’re not even exclusively for dating, as Ok Cupid allows you to be married or in a relationship but looking for friends.

Free sites may also work better for individuals who are separated, but not yet divorced (or separated with no immediate intention to divorce).

Plentyof Fish (POF) has a range of features – these are a few of the most popular: While technically a free site, Plentyof Fish offers you the option to purchase a membership upgrade.

This allows you to find out who’s viewed your profile, find out if your messages were read or deleted, browse ad-free, send unlimited gifts, and increase your profile’s traffic.

But the key to finding the right site (or sites) for you depends on what type of relationship you’re in search of.

If you’re just dipping your toes back into the dating pool, free sites can be a great place to start.