A little cunning act that all those demos and lists do to people - they reshape ideas.
We look at them and think "oh, that's nice, I should have that on my site".
Still, the script works and has been around for years. For example, if you want to sell a useless domain on Flippa for a grand, you could just buy this script, install and sell the domain as a REAL DATING SITE. Hm, maybe if you're on tight budget and existing functionality is all you need, and you have some fix-it-yourself skills, and it's a It's Able Dating rebadged.
I'll talk about partnership options in one of the future posts.
Bare in mind that there are ways to combine own site with a network-partnership option, but that's a tricky business... Whatever platform you end up using, you would need a catchy domain name and a basic concept outline.
Not even reviews - just deranged shrieking wherever possible - forums, blog posts, review sites, etc. When you build a CMS and charge money for it, you inevitably deal with an odd loser that can't get over their own mistakes.
That one was persistent and tarred their reputation quite a bit.
Good example of starting small and simple and consistently fighting for success.
In 2015 they've won "Best Dating Software" nomination at i Date awards. It may not necessarily mean much - it's a "club-voting" competition where you can do well if you have enough i Date-friends, but hey - they did win it!
Then think about how YOU could make them work for your idea. These Russian guys from Yoshkar-Ola have been around for as long as I can remember.
No matter what you ask the vendor they are going to convince you that their software is a perfect fit. Custom services create huge workload for developers and they always skimp on non-generic tech support. (PG stands for "Pilot Group", not "Parental Guidance").
I haven’t really found a good review of Ska Date out there, so I asked Max Chadwick to collaborate with me on a review.