I am thinking about building a Yelp clone for a large city in a
developing country (my startup dream). Is there an existing Rails
code base that I can use to start from, e.g., one where the standard
features such as posting reviews, and searching for businesses based on
location have been implemented?
Because I have only coded for fun, my little coding experience has been
limited to a social networking Rails 3.0 project that I did a couple of
years ago. I love Rails and would like to continue to develop my Rails
I don’t want to start from scratch in this Yelp clone project.
However, Googling “Yelp clone” returns only PHP packages.
See yelp clone source code - Google Search . The most popular is a commercial WordPress
theme. See http://www.geotheme.com/ . All of its features look very
appealing. It looks like the fastest way to going live. But I have
done anything in PHP. Furthermore, I am skeptical of commercial
solutions where I will probably not be able to customize its code to do
exactly what I want. See disadvantages of using commercial packages at
Use Drupal or Yelp clone script? | Drupal.org . For example, I want to have Yelp’s "
search when map moved " feature .
WordPress makes things look too easy. I guess making a good Yelp clone
cannot be that easy. Otherwise, someone else would have done it in that
city. Actually, the city already has a number of business review sites.
But they all suck. In a way, I am somewhat glad that it is not that
Otherwise, I would not have an opportunity to make a really outstanding
Yelp clone with Rails. But time is of the essence. Hopefully, I can go
live, and build up a good review database and name recognition before
itself jumps into the city.
Do you think Rails would be a good fit for this project as opposed to
WordPress? Is there a free Rails sample project I should use as a
point for this project to speed up development?
Thank you for your input.