Aisle is one of the few dating sites that appreciate the value of traditional dating. Many dating providers today focus on allowing users to find each other for easy hookups with no strings attached. While there is nothing wrong with that, modern online dating has a bad rep among the more conservative communities. Members of said communities do not engage in online dating much, if at all, due to the explicit nature of online dating. What if they want the convenience of online dating without shredding the value and interest of traditional romance that they cherish?
This is where Aisle comes in. It strives to bring its users the magic of online dating while still respecting their wishes for traditional dating. This platform is not for those who want quick hookups. This is a platform for decent individuals who want nothing more than long-term and meaningful relationships.
When was Aisle Founded?
Aisle was officially launched back in July 2014, meaning that it is quite new. However, it is refreshing to see newer dating platforms popping up that challenge the current system and bring innovative features and ideas to this industry.
Who Owns Aisle?
Aisle is owned by Aisle Network Private Limited, which, in turn, is owned by Able Joseph. He was tired of many online dating applications that only focus on people who want quick hookups with no strings attached. Seeing that there is no other dating platform that does nearly as much as he wants, he set out to create one himself. As you soon will see, Able and his small team of eight people have created a website like no other.
Registration & Profile
So how do you register on Aisle? Unfortunately, there is no way of doing that on a desktop site. You will need to download their mobile app for that. Thankfully, this app is compatible with both iOS and Android, so everyone can register.
Instead of a usual username, email, and password process that we are used to, you need to link your Aisle account to your LinkedIn or Facebook account. In doing so, you are allowing the app to go through your profile and scan your basic information. The latter include age and location to determine your suitability. The review process will take some time because Aisle moderation team will manually review every application.
After you pass this vetting process, you would be allowed in, and your account will be created. Aisle app will extract basic information from your linked account and fill certain parts of a new user profile for you. However, you still need to set up a full profile on your own.
For one, users are required to provide pictures. Here, all pictures on Aisle also go through a screening process before they become visible to other users. After that, users should provide even more details about themselves. That includes the following:
Aisle askes their users for so much information because it helps make their search system even more accurate. We understand that it might be annoying to fill out so many things, but keep in mind that it pays to get this point of the way as soon as possible.
When you provide accurate information about yourself, other users can find you more easily. Plus, when you are clear about your interests, you are more likely to attract like-minded individuals. So having a full profile right from the start helps you find a perfect match faster. Other than that, users do not want to interact with people who do not have a full profile. This just screams scammer, and people avoid it.
It is not a rule that Aisle imposed but rather, a common consensus in the dating community. Users on dating platforms who want to find long-term commitments only respond to people who have a full profile. So, take your time crafting your profile, and it will pay off.
Aisle communication system is basic yet adequate. You can message other users who will receive live notifications from the app if they are online. If they are not, they will receive SMS from Aisle to let them know that someone messaged them.
How to Search for People on Aisle?
Aisle search system is as sophisticated as its profile system, which is not surprising. Users can toggle various filters to narrow down their search, such as physical appearance, age range, etc.
How to Delete Aisle Account?
Deleting your Aisle account is very simple. Simply go to your profile and tap “Edit Profile” page. Then, click on “Settings” and find a 3-dot icon at the top right and you should see the option of deleting your account. Keep in mind that your account will be permanently deleted and you will need to create another account if you wish to use Aisle again.
Next, let’s take a look at Aisle user count. Unfortunately, we have no clear figure on the number of users on Aisle. However, considering that this is a dating platform for Indians, we can safely assume that there are between 500,000 to 1,000,000 registered users.
We have no clear figure on the sexual preferences of all Aisle users. Even so, this website’s moderation team does not consider sexuality to be a factor in the admission process. In other words, they welcome all users, regardless of their sexuality.
Race and Ethnicity
Aisle is created exclusively for Indians across the globe who want to have a serious relationship without having to sift through many users who just want hookups.
We have no clear data on users’ religious orientations, although we do know that the moderation team does not consider that to be a factor in their admission consideration. That means all are welcome, regardless of their religion.
Let’s talk about pricing. This is a part where we feel conflicted. While using this site is free, messaging other members is not.
Everyone starts as a standard member with access to all features on this website except the messaging features. Users are limited in terms of how many people they can contact. There is no monthly subscription, but you will need to pay to start a conversation.
If you want to start a conversation with someone, you should purchase their “invite,” which costs $33 for 3 invites. The pricing is pretty steep at $11 per invite. That means if the recipient responds to your invite, it is used up. However, you do not need to spend any more to continue messaging them. If they do not respond, you can get this invite back and invite another person.
How to Cancel Aisle Paid Subscription?
When it comes to invites, there is no way to cancel your subscription. Once you buy the invites, you have to use them, or your money will go to waste. So, use your invites wisely.
This system is both good and bad. Let’s talk about the bad side first. The biggest part of dating is communication, so putting that behind a paywall is understandable. Most dating platforms put that and other features behind a subscription paywall. Aisle allows users to use everything except messaging. Putting an $11 price tag per conversation is considered steep by many people, considering that most subscription plans out there cost less than that per month. Plus, you may need to talk to more than one person each month, meaning that you will spend a lot more than their $33 package.
The upside is that this gives users so much flexibility. While the price is steep, talking to someone is a one-time purchase. That means if you chat with only a few people, you end up spending a lot less money than you would with a subscription plan. Plus, users can get their invite back if the other person does not respond. That, coupled with the fact that there is no expiration date on the invites you’ve bought, means that you might not spend that much money at all.
We understand why they decide to charge so much to message other users. If every other feature is free on Aisle and there is no advertisement, then they need to monetize their services somehow. They decided to put only the messaging system behind a paywall and give their users so much flexibility with how they use their invites. The high price tag helps keep this website up. You only pay when you need to start a conversation with someone. With this in mind, we also understand why they went down this route.
Is Aisle Safe?
Next up, let’s talk about security. How safe is it to use their dating platform?
First, let’s take a look at their desktop site. The reason for this is that while the desktop site holds very little significance to the team, any company that wants to cut corners will not allocate precious resources protecting their desktop site. But that is not the case with Aisle.
Right at the landing page, we can tell that our connection to Aisle is encrypted and properly secured. You can tell this by a padlock icon next to the URL, where you typed the link. This shows us that while Aisle focuses more on the mobile development side, they do not neglect their desktop version either.
Seeing that Aisle went the extra mile to encrypt incoming traffic, we can safely say that their mobile app has the same level of protection, if not more.
Privacy-wise, they are respectful of your data. They follow the norm and guarantee that your data is kept confidential. That means everything you shared on this platform will not be shared with a third party without your explicit consent.
Finally, how well does it fare against scammers? As mentioned previously, it is 100% scammer proof thanks to their registration process and the nature of the website itself. Because the moderation team reviews all applications, putting together a fake social media profile that looks authentic is very difficult.
Even if they manage to slip through, somehow, they won’t do much because they still need to spend time putting together their profiles. Even then, scammers want to contact as many people as possible, but they only do that after paying, which is a major hurdle already.
The final nail on the coffin is that, since this is a dating platform for long-term commitments, most users here like to play the long game. They will not commit to anything so soon. So, this further reduces the effectiveness of any scamming attempts.
Because there are easier targets out there, scammers often choose to go after other dating platforms. So we can say with certainty that there are no scammers on Aisle.
Even so, that does not mean you are 100% safe. For this reason, users are given an option to report other users for inappropriate behavior. This will prompt an investigation from the moderation team, and they will take proper action against any reported users. This can result in a permanent suspension.
Overall, we consider Aisle security top-notch.
Quality of Profiles
The quality of profiles is also top-notch. As mentioned before, users should provide various personal information. That way, you have a clear idea of that person’s character before you spend that precious invite and contact them. As far as profiles go, Aisle has one of the most sophisticated systems out there.
Website Design and Usability
So how does Aisle desktop site compare to other dating sites out there?
While it is true that the team concentrates most of their time and effort into developing their mobile platform, that does not mean that they neglect their desktop counterpart. Judging by the landing page alone, we can tell that they put a lot of effort into making their desktop site. It is even better than sites with a larger team, more budget, and more experience in the industry. So, we were very impressed.
There is no button to sign in, so users should download the app on the App Store or Google Play. On the landing page, you can see success stories of previous users as well as other testimonials from current users. You can see just how many people have found their true love on this website.
When it comes to aesthetics, they go for a simple and minimalist approach. Everything is kept clean and tidy without anything to clutter the space unnecessarily. Everything on the page has a purpose. Their color palette is well-chosen as well. Considering that this is a dating platform for those who want to take traditional dating online, such a calm and professional-looking color scheme fits the bill perfectly.
How does Aisle Work?
Aisle works just like any other dating platforms out there. The search system allows looking up other users; connecting with them is also very straightforward. You should have no problem navigating this site as it should feel very similar to most other dating sites you’ve ever seen.
Aisle knows that most of their users do not have the time to sit in front of their computers all day long. For this reason, they did not put much effort into developing the desktop site. As mentioned before, the only way you can register is through their mobile app that you need to download. The app is free to use and is compatible with both Android and iOS.
How does it square up to its desktop site counterpart? All the efforts that this small team put into developing the app shows. It is well optimized and very easy to use. Every button is carefully placed so that users can navigate this site with ease. The loading time is fast, and the transitions and animations are smooth, showing just how much time the team put into developing their mobile app. Expect to see the same performance for both iOS and Android devices.
When it comes to usability, Aisle does not disappoint. While they have not clocked as many years of experience in the industry, that has not held them back when designing their app. Everything is conveniently placed so that users can navigate with ease. Everything is accessible with just a few taps away at most.
Alternatives of Aisle
Suppose that you do not like Aisle, but you still want something similar to it. What other dating platforms can match up to Aisle? Here are a few recommendations:
OkCupid: 100% free dating/social media platform from the famous Cupid Media Network
Eris: 100% free dating platform with intuitive features
Raya: Dating platform for the elite
Match: Feature-rich dating site
Tinder: A mainstream dating platform for everyone
In short, Aisle has accomplished what it set out to achieve. It is a perfect dating platform for Indians who want nothing more than long-term commitments through online dating. Most features are free, except for the messaging system. The system for this is indeed strange, but it does have merit. It is a breath of fresh air to break down the monotony of other online dating platforms that follow the same monetization scheme.
We are very surprised to see what a small team of eight people can achieve. Aisle will continue to develop and grow over time, and the team is very receptive to feedback. With all this in mind, you can hardly go wrong by choosing this dating site.
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