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").
You'd spend a few days figuring out which package includes what. I'm sure they'd explain you exactly how to part with your savings in much fewer words and shorter time-frame than their byzantine site does. Today, however, is a particularly lovely day and the mood is high. Persisting with regular version updates, adding new dating templates, optimising for mobiles, offering native apps and experimenting with different packaging and price-points. Turns out that Ska Date is actually a repackaged Ox Wall, which is presumably free. here's the picture they give: So, you are supposedly paying for a free software with installation service and 1 month of support. Then, branding removal, templates and "setup assitance" are paid extras.
There is "dating network" option for connecting a shared database, there are various discounts for Marketplace plugins, separate pricing for mobile sites (or is it for apps? Ska Date pricing sits at a more digestible $499 for the platform itself, but mobile apps add a hefty extra $800. Sounds like you could just download Ox Wall, buy a template, use hosting auto-installer, pay $99 for branding removal and save yourself about $300, no? Works for attracting webmasters, but doesn't make much difference for site success. It's a Freelancer order that wasn't accepted by client and was repackaged for a quick buck grab, obviously.
White-label, open-source, downloadable dating software is, in a way, a thing of the past.
Online dating space itself has consolidated under 2-3 major players, and niche sites are mostly parts of large shared-database networks.
We look at them and think "oh, that's nice, I should have that on my site".
Inevitably, you end up with a cookie-cutter installation filled with fancy modules that nobody cares about.
On top of that, popular trend of the day is to use mobile apps for dating (ala Tinder).
So, wanna-be dating site operators are a dying breed and there's less and less activity on supply side either.
Updates are regular and pushed simultaneously to both Datingscript and Socialscript. Yet another Russian guy, although the site says Canada. Besides Vlad it's hard to track anyone else doing anything on those sites. There's no Market of extensions or active community support. I can see how this product can be useful if you're creating a "pretend" 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.
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