Serial Entrepreneur. Currently Product Manager @ Crid.io (Creative Design Studio) I can critique your website/app UI/UX or Landing-page and provide you with valuable CRO insights to help with conversion. Additionally, I have a quite a bit of experience with Branding/Identity, Social Media, Blogging, e-Commerce, CMS, WordPress, CRO. I won't call myself a CRO Expert but have consulted with some of the top industry experts for my business and have gained a lot of knowledge going through the process and we are the creators of http://Startuprr.com The Lead Generation Landing Pages Builder. Blog: http://cridio.com/blog/ Studio: http://cridio.com/studio/ YT:http://youtube.com/channel/UCnk4r9csg50y6O6aP4WIBWw Past Experience: Former Co-Founder & UI/UX Guy @ http://1800BusinessCards.com
If you want to start building your own Yelp like directory for a particular city and industry but you are on a tight budget with limited tech skills I would definitely suggest WordPress.
But it can be tricky as WordPress has several different options and you can get easily lost and even it could end up getting very expensing if you don’t play it right.
Here are few helpful resources for you to go over and decide.
Adam from WPCrafter has done a very good job comparing top 3 WordPress products to build a site like Yelp, watch the full video here https://youtu.be/Ykid7UTXxYI
Then you can watch a step by step full video on how to build the directory here https://youtu.be/sRbUsQXyEOc
There was a detailed article by Codeinwp on the same topic that can be found here https://www.codeinwp.com/blog/create-a-local-search-directory-like-yelp-on-wordpress
Hope this helps you get kick started with a tight budget.
Responsive web design basically means a website designed to adjust different device screens example desktop, tablet, mobile or even a smart watch. When you building a website it's highly recommend to take this in account and always go for perfecting responsive site before creating a mobile app version if you have to.
Hope you were able to find the right product to build a directory. IM so we can setup a free 30 mins call and I can advice you on this.
Meanwhile checkout ListingPro, wp version is on its way http://themeforest.net/item/listingpro-multipurpose-directory-template/13800879
I am an author on Themeforest and we recently got our Video portal theme approved on TF. You can reach out to me directly and share the link to your product. I can definetly give you some valuable feedback.
I will leave it to experts and would start off by suggesting to watch a video on Idea Validation by @DanMartell the CEO of Clarity.fm http://youtu.be/gKDhDrSLp4E
Hope this help. You can always IM me and we can do a free call and I might be able advice or help validate your idea.
I am very blunt and don't like to sugarcoat when critiquing UI and I believe that's the only way u will benefit. You seriously need a top to bottom redesign if you want Higher Conversion and I am open to give free advice. DM me and we can schedule a 30mins or so free call and u can really make a big difference.
When you show the real people behind your company it adds credibility and trust. People can relate to it and don't think that your company might be somewhere in Mars being operated by bunch of aliens ;)
Sounds like Clarity to me. But anycase read the case studies for Harry's and Mint. How they were able to get that early customer acquisition before launching. I am sharing link below for Harry's just google about mint how they did it.
How to Gather 100,000 Emails in One Week - http://fourhourworkweek.com/2014/07/21/harrys-prelaunchr-email/
Hit me up and we can do a FREE 15-30min call where I can give you few action items.
I would suggest to start off with producthunt.com for a quick answer. But there is a lot u can do staying bootstrap. DM me and we can schedule a FREE 15-30 mins and I can definetly give you some advice.