JobRoller Theme Broadbean Add-on WordPress Plugin

Over the last 2 years I have been building solutions to integrate Broadbean (and more recently LogicMelon) with WordPress websites. Starting with the stand-alone WP Broadbean plugin I have then started to provide integration solutions for some of the more popular job board plugins and themes. Continuing with this I have now launched, available for sale, my JobRoller Broadbean Add-on plugin for WordPress, to integrate WordPress sites running the JobRoller theme with Broadbean or LogicMelon.

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Flexible Featured Post Widget

Working on a number of sites recently, the designs I have been provided with have contained a “featured post” section [widget] in the sidebar. This got me looking in the plugin repository for a widget plugin to feature a post. What I found was lots of plugins but nothing that was flexible enough for me to use. Therefore I went about building my own Featured Post Widget to use on sites in the future.

If you do a search for Featured Post Widget in the WordPress.org plugin repository you end up with a number of different results, of plugins which indicate they do just that. Some I am sure are very good out of the box solutions for many people, however I want something flexible that I an use on all sites where the output markup and the options are perhaps going to need tailoring to the site in question. From a quick inspection of some of the plugins it as clear that I was going to have to write my own.

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Introducing the WP Job Manager Broadbean Add-on

A few years ago I built the WP Broadbean WordPress plugin in order to integrate Broadbean job posting with a WordPress website. This is has proved a highly successful plugin with a number of sites now actively using this. In fact Broadbean themselves are keen for WordPress users to adopt its use. Recently I have been working on another solution for WordPress sites which integrates the very popular WP Job Manager plugin with Broadbean. Allow me to introduce the WP Job Manager Broadbean Add-on.

WP Job Manager Add-on Settings TabWP Job Manager Broadbean Add-on

The WP Job Manager plugin has a number of add-ons that are listed on the add-ons page of the website. You will now see a Broadbean add-on listed, and many thanks to the team for allowing this add-on onto their page for third party add-ons.

I have decided that the plugin will be a paid for product, much like the other add-ons on that page and also that it will be licensed. like many other commercial current commercial plugins. There are two type of license, each lasting for a period of 12 months, giving purchasers support throughout that period as well as updates. The licenses are either for 1 site, priced at £99.99 or for unlimited sites priced at £199.99.

Getting Started

The add-on is activated like a normal plugin would be and contains a settings tab under the WP Job Managers settings page. On here users can set a username and password for their incoming feed as well as activating their license. Also on this page are instructions on what information to pass through to the team at Broadbean in order for them to send the job data to your site.

It is worth noting here that the plugin is dependent on data being sent from Broadbean. This is something that would be specific to your site and therefore needs to be built by the Broadbean integrations team. For this reason they will probably have a charge for this too and it is worth speaking with your Broadbean account manager about this.

So if you are a recruitment business using Broadbean and you have a WordPress website of you own running the WP Job Manager plugin to show jobs on your site, you can know include jobs you post through Broadbean on your site as well. There will no longer be the need to add them in two places!

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Sex Degrees of Separation Plugin

Recently I had the pleasure of working on quite a high profile plugin for Lloyds Pharmacy working as part of a team with Keith Devon of White Rock Design. The plugin was part of a campaign to run in Sexual Health week and was called Sex Degrees of Separation.

Lloyds wanted to educate people of the number of indirect sexual partners they will have had. The plugin has a front end interface where users simply enter the number of sexual partners they have had (male and female) in specific age groups. Once they hit calculate it crunches the numbers with some cool javascript (that bit was done by Keith!) and tells you your result. Click the image below to have a go!

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My part in the plugin was to build all of the back-end functionality to allow the client to be able to edit the different parts of the plugin. For example editors can change the text output for the different sections as well as the button labels.

As the data changes over the current months/years they needed to be able to edit the data for each age group. This was achieved by creating a data edit screen in the WordPress admin. I went for a tabbed settings screen to separate the different settings into categories to make this easy to implement.

The plugin was launched a couple of weeks ago and received some amazing coverage in the press. Some links below are to some articles that I stumbled across:

Big thanks to Keith for bringing me in on the project.

Review a Plugin Today

Recently I was a guest on the Relative Paths podcast and had a great time chatting for Ben and Mark about WordPress plugin development. One things that came up was donations and reviews for plugins that I have in the repository and how many I get.

Many developers across the world develop open source software, of course not just for WordPress and they share it with the community to allow them to take advantage of that development. They do this without every earning any money and this takes time and energy.

Some of the best plugins for WordPress are completely free. The developers take their own time to develop them, improve them and then pass that onto the millions of WordPress users around the world.

One of the questions that came up in the podcast was do you ever receive any donations? My answer was straight forward in that I don’t, but I don’t really ask for them either. However one thing that I, and I know lots of other developers love receiving are positive reviews of our products [plugins], that tell the rest of the community how good (hopefully!) they are.

You can’t underestimate the feeling you get when someone indicates to you (I get an email from WordPress.org when someone reviews one of my plugins) that they are using your code (your plugin) on their site and they love it.

So if you use a plugin on lots and sites and you love, I urge you to go a give it a 5-star review on the WordPress.org plugin repository. It only takes a minute but the developer of the plugin will love it. Go and make their day!

I am off to do a few reviews myself now!

Broadbean Integration with WP Job Manager

For past couple of years I have worked on a plugin called WP Broadbean. This plugin integrates Broadbean‘s job Adcourier posting service with your WordPress site, allowing jobs posting through Broadbean to delivered to your site. While this plugin is working well, I have had multiple enquiries about integrating Broadbean job posting with the popular WP Job Manager plugin. Well today I am announcing that I can now offer this integration too. Let me explain a little more.

The WP Job Manager plugin is a plugin to provide Job board functionality to your WordPress site and was developed by Mike Jolly who works on the WooCommerce project. The plugin is very good and provides a jobs post type and associated taxonomies and meta fields for jobs, similar to the WP Broadbean plugin. It also has a nice AJAX style search built in to allow candidates to search for jobs in specific categories etc. as well as allowing candidates to apply for a job through the site.

These are mainly the features that the WP Broadbean plugin has. Although using my stand-alone plugin is more specific to Broadbean job posting itself, I can see the advantages of using the WP Job Manager plugin with its community and increased usage.

So onto my integration then. I have a built a WordPress plugin which acts as an addon for the WP Job Manager plugin. This provides an additional settings screen where site owners can create a username and password in order to setup their feed with Broadbean.

The plugin works even with sites that have registered additional fields in the WP Job Manager plugin so that it picks these up without any additional development, assuming of course they have been added correctly using the hooks and filters provided by WP Job Manager.

It also hooks into the application form to allow candidate applications made on the WordPress site to be tracked in from within Broadbean along with applications for other sources or job boards.

If you are interested in integrating Broadbean with the WordPress and the WP Job Manager plugin then please do get in touch for a quote.

WP Broadbean Plugin Updates

In early 2014 I launched the first beta version of the WP Broadbean WordPress plugin. This is a plugin to integrate Broadbean Adcourier job postings with a WordPress website. The plugin has evolved and changed since then and therefore lets take a look at some of the plugins features.

Lets outline some of the new features of the plugin which have been introduced after the initial launch:

Extensibility

The plugin has been made as extensible as possible from the start. However as development has progressed it has become more obvious that additional extensible features could be utilised. Many of these have come from developers in the community using the plugin and feeding back to me.

There are now a number of hooks and filters that allow developers to extend upon and alter the functionality of the plugin. For example developers can use a different inbox.php file which processes each job simply by using a template override. Developers can also use filters to add additional job fields and taxonomies to the job postings should they wish to.

It is worth remembering however the more customisations made with the plugin through its extensible features, the more changes Broadbean will need to make to the feed which is used to send jobs to your site.

Below are some of the new filters you can use:

  • wpbb_query_var_value – allows you to change the URL query var to which jobs are posted to. This defaults to broadbean but developers could change this to something else.
  • wpbb_application_form_html – using this filter would allow developers to alter the markup of the application form used to allow candidates to apply for jobs
  • wpbb_application_allowed_file_types – a filter that allows editing of the file types that are allowed by default in the CV upload field on the application form
  • wpbb_apply_url – with this filter you can amend the URL used for applying for jobs. This means you could change the URL completely, maybe to use your own form or you could perhaps add additional query variables to the URL which you may use in your application form.
  • wpbb_admin_sub_menus – allows developers to add a sub menu beneath the main WP Broadbean menu
  • wpbb_registered_settings – add additional settings to the WP Broadbean settings admin page

There are many new action hooks you can utilise too:

  • wpbb_job_term_added – a hook that fires after a term has been added to a job when sent through from Broadbean
  • wpbb_job_field_added – this hooks fires after a field is added (post meta) to a job when sent through from Broadbean
  • wpbb_job_added – after the job is added along with all the fields and the terms this hook is fired. Can be good for actioning things like clearing search caches etc. which need to be re-built when a new job or post is added.

There are many more and I would encourage you to search the code-base for apply_filters and do_action.

Application Form

The application form has changed along the way to, for the better I think. It now no longer uses a shortcode but instead you select which is your apply page in the WP Broadbean settings page. The application form is then appended to any page content you may have on that page.

The form also now includes a field for a message, something which many users requested.

Finally the form now also allows the upload of Word and Pages documents as well as the original PDF document type. Even these can be changed with a filter.

Attachments to Email Notifications

One of the initial issues with the plugin which was reported to me was that the application form was not emailing Broadbean correctly or not attaching the applicants CV to the email. This is something that is important for the tracking of an application from within the Adcourier system.

These issues have now been fixed and all the emails that are sent through to Broadbean will have the applicants CV attached.

Those are the main changes and alterations to the plugin which I hope make it much better for users and developers to take advantage of. Do remember that I offer a Broadbean Assist service where I can integrate Broadbean with your WordPress site for just £599 which takes the hassle out of doing it yourself.

Over the coming months I have some additional plans for the Broadbean plugin with a view to integrating this into some other services – watch this space. Oh and don’t forget that I recently launched a plugin for integrating WordPress with LogicMelon over at wplogicmelon.com – you can read a little more about this here!

Introducing WP LogicMelon

Back in late 2013 I started work on a plugin to integrate Broadbean with WordPress. This allows [mainly] recruiters to post jobs more easily from Broadbean to their WordPress site. Another solution for recruiters is LogicMelon, a similar solution to posting jobs to multiple platforms. After a few client requests for a solution which would work similar to WP Broadbean I have built WP LogicMelon, a WordPress plugin to integrate LogicMelon with WordPress.

Job Listing with WP LogicMelon
Jobs are saved as a custom post type with associated taxonomies and meta data.

The LogicMelon software allows recruiters to post jobs once using their software and then the posted job appears on many of the major platforms and jobs sites. As part of this posting, LogicMelon can send the job to your own website.

Obviously when this happens your site needs to accept the data sent, process it and then output it on the front end of your site to allow your candidates to view the information.

The WP LogicMelon plugin solution provides all this functionality. It accepts an XML feed sent (and built) by LogicMelon and saves this data as a custom post type with associated meta data and taxonomies.

The plugin is broadly based on the WP Broadbean Plugin solution with one or two tweaks to make it work for LogicMelon.

To find out more about getting your WordPress site integrated with LogicMelon, head on over to the WP LogicMelon website in order to find out more.

WP Limit Tags

Working on a recent project in collaboration with Keith Devon, we needed a way in which to limit the number of tags which could be applied to a post – one of the clients requirements. Therefore we set about a way to do this and produced the WP Limit Tags WordPress plugin.

The plugin, on the WordPress repository for download from your WordPress admin, creates a small settings screen. Here you can set the number of tags that are allowed and tick the post types you wish the functionality to be active on.

WP Limit Tags Setting Screen
The WP Limit Tags settings screen.

It is worth noting that at the moment the functionality works on any taxonomy which is non-hierarchical, such as post tags. Maybe in the future it would be good to be able to add different settings for the different post types and taxonomies.

Below is a short video which shows what the plugin does:

Download the WP Limit Tags WordPress plugin.