For the ease of use and the serious intentions of its members, we have picked e Harmony as our top recommendation. The Over 40 Dating Club is a UK based service, and has lots of members.
There is quite a high likelihood of you finding someone fairly local.
Yes/No; While it is free to use, POF offers premium services as part of their upgraded membership, such as seeing the date and time a user viewed your profile and allowing you to see whether a user read and/or deleted your message.
If you feel disappointed by the number of matches the system returns, widen the age range that you are prepared to consider. e Harmony is not specifically aimed at the over 40s market, but the over 40s are well represented here.
The matching system is not as complex as Parship's, and seems quite easy to use.
Yes/No; Free basic profile members can still see photos, edit profiles, search, use discussion board.
Paid members can freely message, start discussion thread, no daily limit of disucssion board entries. Members only see intersection of what they are looking for and what other members are looking for. Free messaging and status posting for undergraduates (5 messages/day limit).
Free sites generally offer more flexibility for different types of relationships, including casual hookups and same-sex relationships.