No longer embarrassing or, God forbid, cringe-worthy, half of all single people now use online dating sites to find love. There are literally hundreds of dating sites out there. The experts say: This is a great site for those who are looking for personality matching.

These messages will be from their username and not their real email address, protecting both your and their privacy. In fact, it’s fairly similar to our old friends Match, mentioned above.

Everyone who sets up a profile is a member on the site, but if you want to contact someone you need to be a paying subscriber. It’s free to join and browse matches but for a year’s full access, it costs £10.50 a month. You can start looking at potential dates for free, then when you like the look of someone and fancy striking up a conversation, you need to subscribe. The experts say: This site is owned by the dating giant MEETIC and gives you access to 20 million members across Europe and it also merged with in 2009.

So, someone who lives and breathes country air and despises all things concrete jungle would have a ratio of 100:0, but someone who lives in the city but loves to don their Hunters at the weekend might be a . £18 for one month, £36 for three months, £54 for six months and £72 for 12 months.

The experts say: If going on a clay pigeon shoot or country pub meal is your idea of a fun way of meeting new people then this is the site for you.

The site also hosts regular events which are a fun, relaxed way to meet people. It takes the travel out of dating especially with its tube station search parameter. Choose a username (a screen name or alias) and set up a profile describing yourself and the type of person and relationship you are looking for.

View other people’s profiles by searching the site and when you find someone that interests you, you can send a message via the site to their username.

This site provides quality over quantity and is great for those looking for a long term relationship. match is the most widely-used online dating site in the world and has nearly 1.8 million subscribers.

It works in the most traditional way: Simply create a profile, check out your potential matches, send them a few messages and then arrange to meet for a date.

There are also various off-shoots of with microsites for gay and lesbian dating, Asian dating, Christian dating and Polish dating. The experts say: For those nervous about dating, this site puts the control in your fingertips allowing you access to thousands of profiles and the ability to chat to potential dates at the rate which works for you.

The love-gods at match also arrange singles events and provide online dating advice. It is well known and therefore attracts a wide demographic, allowing you to widen your dating pool or limit it with their advanced matching facility. Lovestruck helps you target potential partners according to location and it covers many of the major cities across the world.

It sounds harsh, but the site claims that by admitting people based on their looks they’re removing the first hurdle of dating, saying that because everyone on the site is a fitty, members can concentrate on getting to know people’s character and personalities. If you buy a 6-month membership, you’ll get a reduced price of £7.50 per month.