GKiss.com is dating and friendship site for gay men to meet. They promote themselves as a convenient and safe dating service, away from the bars and clubs, where you can meet guys looking for a partner or casual encounters.
It's part of the Successful Match group which is a network of niche dating websites. GKiss as such has a standard layout and offers the full range of options and features to help members get to know one another and to form social circles.
On joining the site, you'll be required to fill in some personal details, write a short biography, and upload a photo (optional) for your profile. It's best to fill in your profile to a reasonable level of detail otherwise you risk getting your profile rejected and you'll have to start again.
Those wishing to disclose HIV or STD status can do so, as well as set preferences for the status of a partner. There are two membership levels, standard (free member) and Gold.
A basic search is available to all, however if you want to set additional preferences you will need to upgrade to Gold (see prices here). Discounts and offers are regularly available, so keep a lookout for these.
There are also a number of pre-set searches, for instance new members, birthday boys, and a star sign search. There's also a “compatible matches” search that will match your preferences with others on the site and give you a list of “potential matches” to check out. This option is only available to Gold members. In addition to this, Gold members are assigned their own personal account manager to help improve their experience on the site.
As well as emailing and virtual “winking”, there's an instant messenger tool where members who are online can chat directly with one-another. As a free member you will be able to view profiles and send winks (express interest) to others, however if an attempt to send an email is made, you'll be forwarded to the payment page and will be prompted to upgrade.
Gkiss is an active community for gay men. The site has some other activities on offer including blogs, an advice column, a news section, and forums. Most of these services can be accessed for free. The layout is conventional and easy to get the hang-of. The only downside is that the loading of pages on the site can be slow at times.
By Tara Miller