Taking a cue from many of its competitors, Christian Cupid lets you sign up for free, though this free account is severely limited. You can create a user profile, send pre-configured “winks” to express your interest in other members, and receive messages from paid subscribers, but that’s pretty much it. You’ll have to contend with ads, and you won’t be able to initiate any one-on-one communication with other users.

Those features are reserved for paid plans, for which you’ll get two choices: Gold or Platinum. Gold membership gives you access to the site’s core communication features, and this is a good enough tier if you’re not that gung ho about sorting through tons of matches. You’ll be able to send and receive direct messages and emails, engage in live chat with online users through instant messaging, and disable the ads that would otherwise clutter up your view of the website.

Platinum membership, meanwhile, doesn’t just help you become a full member of the user community — it gives you the tools you need to stand out. Platinum members come in first on all search results that include them, and their profiles are highlighted for added visibility. Advanced matching and search features are also reserved for these users, so if you want more fine-grained search filters, you’ll have to spring for the most expensive subscription tiers. For users based in other countries or whose mother tongue isn’t English, Christian Cupid also offers the option to get messages and profiles in your native language.

Prices vary according to your chosen subscription tier and billing cycle. Christian Cupid accepts a wide range of payment methods: credit and debit cards, PayPal, bank transfers, checks and validated vouchers, and other alternative methods that might be exclusive to particular territories.