You've got to persist in your determination of launching something unique. Something that's focused on one or two use-cases that uphold your idea. Look for the scripts that have fast and stable core features (profiles, user-authentication, messenger, photos) and easily customisable structure. Let's see what dating CMSs are still available and which ones are worth fiddling with.
Then think about how YOU could make them work for your idea. These Russian guys from Yoshkar-Ola have been around for as long as I can remember.
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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").
Good example of starting small and simple and consistently fighting for success.
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.