I would like to ask you about running a Dating/Marriage site in my country/state
The marriage/dating sites in my country allows to search for profiles free of charge and charges a hefty amount for the contact details. They charge like 60$ for 3 months or 120$ for 9 months which I think is a little high.
1) Are there any reliable providers of these sites. What I meant is like a forum provider.
What I would like is to not charge users for anything ( as of now) and probably depend on CPC/CPM and any other means of earning money.
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The other thing I found was as PromptSpace had indicated, there are many paid and open source services and scripts available. Generally it is best to demo each online system and install and demo a cross section of scripts who's features appeal to you. You want to keep in mind functionality as well as the ability to rebrand (to your own brand) capabilities.