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Updated on March 20, 2012

To start a Dating website, you have to dig deep into your pockets or whither a long hectic development process. Buying pre-made scripts costs between $200-$5000 or more.

However there are some few free dating/matchmaking scripts that you can use and some are OPEN SOURCE. The only penny you spend with these are hosting, buying templates or modules(and that's your choice).....

Here is a list of some.

1. Datemill Etano

Datemill Etano is a dating and matchmaking script that you can use to start your own dating website. A few years back this script wasn't free but it is now:). Some of its most striking features  include: Photo Albums,Comments, Blog, Advanced Mailbox System, Profile Search, Payment Gateways, Mass Messaging and many more others.

View Demo site

Download Datemill Etano

Visit main Datemill site

2. Osdate

osDate is the most popular dating and matchmaking script out there. This script fully integrates with phpBB, vBulletin, Flashchat, paypal payment system and other payment systems as well.

Some of its other striking features you might like to checkout include: Custom templates, add multiple administrators,SMTP mail support,Flash instant messenger,My Matches,polls,Thumbnail display options for profile searches and many more.

The main template design looks shanty but you can buy professional templates that cost from $25 to 50 , google or bing for them.

(Note: The real demo site of osdate is down, so i linked a live site using osdate )

View Osdate Demo

Download Osdate

3. AzDG dating medium

This is a light weight dating script to start a simple dating site.One thing i like about it is that its SEO optimized. Some other striking features i like about it include: Messaging system between users,User may upload up to 64 photos,Banner Ads Rotator,Admin Maillist,Send a Wink,Matchmaker.Audio or Video files and so much more. Try it out to see what im talking about.

View AzDG dating medium Demo

Download AzDG dating medium

4. Friend and Love

Friend and Love is a another free dating script built using PHP/MySQL. Some notable features include : User profile, Adult profile, send a kiss/note/email/wink, view track, who's online, who's new, profile search/auto search.

View Friend and Love Demo

Download Friend and love

Visit friend and love main website

5. Dolphin boonex

Dolphin boonex is another great social networking script out there. You can use Dolphin to start a Dating/Matchmaking website or even a social network. Some striking feature you might like include:Matchmaking, Photo albums, Youtube videos, Messaging system,User can upload videos to profile and so many more

Dolphin boonex has free templates you can download, search in google or bing to see some of these, if you wish for the professional ones just buy

View Dolphin boonex Demo

Download Dolphin boonex

Visit main Dolphin boonex website


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      omi 4 years ago

      This is a really good starting point. Helped me narrow down my script of choice

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      dexixy 6 years ago from Kampala

      Thanks s]for appreciating seeker7

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      Everest 6 years ago

      Please do anyone knows how to intergrate google adsense with etano dating script

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland


      What a fascinating hub. The information is really helpful and well worth having a look at.

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      L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

      Very useful information on this hub about making your own dating sites. It could be a money earner if the time is put in to develop it.

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      Beverly Stevens 6 years ago from College Station

      My friend and I were talking about doing this. Great help--great hub!

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      mdlawyer 6 years ago

      It is a great idea to start a dating site for those crazy about the game