The Scoop: You may have a fantastic, paradigm-shifting idea for a dating site, but that’s only half the battle. You also need the technical tools to get that idea off the ground. However, not all creative types have the coding ability to develop and design an entire website. That’s where SkaDate comes in. This software company is a one-stop shop for small businesses looking to launch a dating site. The team can customize every detail of the platform from the membership levels to the messaging system so it suits the needs of your niche. Since 2004, the SkaDate team has empowered entrepreneurs and startups to turn their dating site or dating app ideas into profitable realities. Today, the team offers mobile-friendly and sleek products guaranteed to impress online daters on all multiple devices.
Emil Sarnogoev founded SkaDate in 2004 to support dreamers and doers in the industry with a niche company that delivers proven dating software. Emil had created a dating site himself and felt his coding ability would be valuable to entrepreneurs who didn’t have the tech-savvy or know-how to get their ideas for a dating site off the ground.
It was a perfect match. The small business owner had the idea, and SkaDate supplied the tools to execute it.
In those early days, a majority of SkaDate’s clientele didn’t know what to expect. They often needed a lot of hand-holding to even get started. Today, most SkaDate customers have a handle on how dating sites and apps work, and they have begun looking at the big picture.
“Now people come to us to discuss real long-term projects,” said Zima Sanfilippo, CCO of SkaDate. “They expect us to give them feedback and options on how to best implement them.”
Another difference between how SkaDate operated in its early days and how it operates now is that nowadays the team’s consultancy doesn’t stop at the sale. Team members continue working with clients on ways to make the most of SkaDate’s software and follow through to ensure the venture is successful.
SkaDate’s team maintains a close relationship with its clients and supports their long-term goals with cutting-edge technology and trustworthy advice.
“When I see the results of our work, I feel really happy and proud,” Zima said. “There’s now a real sense of achievement. There’s now a sense of making a real impact on the market of small-to-medium online dating startups.”
Leading the Way in the Year of Progressive Web Apps
Progressive web app (PWA) is the latest buzzword in the tech industry. The term refers to a new software development that led to a hybrid between traditional webpages and mobile applications. Basically, a PWA combines the reliability and accessibility of a modern browser with the speed and engagement of a mobile app to create a frictionless user experience.
The sudden rise of PWAs took some in the tech industry by surprise, but SkaDate was already headed in that direction and remains ahead of the curve. In the last year, SkaDate has focused on the mobile aspect of online dating and tweaked its dating site templates to appeal to users on desktops, smartphones, tablets, and all other devices.
“The mobile market is moving very fast,” Zima noted. “As a software vendor, we have to be ready to react quickly to the rising demands. I’m just happy that my team is always on the money on what lies ahead.”
Zima told us that PWA technology can give dating sites the ability to look and feel like a dating app when accessed from a mobile device. That means users stay engaged everywhere they go.
PWAs have made doing business on the web less cumbersome and costly for small business owners, and that’s right in line with SkaDate’s mission. It’s no wonder with the forward-thinking tech company has been all over the transition to progressive web apps.
“We were the first to introduce affordable app solutions for startups, then switch to full native apps, then to hybrids, and now PWA,” Zima said. “Whatever lies ahead, our R&D will also be ready.”
Working Closely With Dating Startups Worldwide
At the beginning of the mobile boom, any startup with a decent design could get its app in the App Store. But, as time went by, standards tightened and regulations became increasingly common and costly. Today, many good ideas have been kept out of the mainstream market because they didn’t meet the approval of the app stores. Sometimes an app can be rejected for something as simple as having tools that are too similar to the tools of another app, which is a problem in online dating because all dating apps have essentially the same look and design.
“Basically, if you are a small online dating startup and you want a dating app in the store, it will cost you a pretty penny to comply with Apple and Google regulations and policies towards unique and original content,” Zima said.
SkaDate’s development of PWAs offers dating startups a level playing field where dating sites no longer have to jump through hoops or pay thousands of dollars to become accessible to mobile users.
After more than a decade of working alongside dating startups, SkaDate’s team recognized that creating a mobile-friendly dating site would be a crucial first step to helping smaller dating companies compete with some of the biggest names in the industry. SkaDate has dedicated its expertise and energy to lowering the cost of app customization and promoting PWAs as the way of the future.
SkaDate’s groundbreaking design has provided small businesses with a more cost-effective way to improve the user experience across all devices and release a dating product to a mobile market without involving the app stores.
“You don’t share your revenue with the stores, you don’t have to maintain an active dev account, and you can introduce design and feature changes without the fear of being rejected,” Zima pointed out. “All of this is directly in line with our key goal of helping small companies start making money asap while giving end users proper mobile experience.”
The Mobile Boom Has Been Good News for SkaDate
What’s next for SkaDate? More updates. More improvements. More tools to help your business help singles. Whether the SkaDate team is adapting to a mobile market or streamlining keyword research, it hustles to stay ahead of the latest trends in an ever-changing industry.
“We are planning to take the rest of 2018 to smooth out all the transitional processes for current clients and further improve our current mobile apps,” Zima said. “Going further, we have several long-term plans for market expansion.”
After it perfects its software, SkaDate will be prepared to take on more clients throughout the dating industry — and even some outside it. Zima said the team is looking to expand into other sectors where its matchmaking concepts can do some good for small businesses. Wherever they decide to take their technical expertise, you can bet this savvy team will make the web a more functional and user-friendly place one site at a time.