Introducing WP Broadbean

The WP Broadbean plugin has now been released on WordPress.org…

A while ago I wrote about integrating Broadbean with WordPress. This has proved to be a very popular post on this blog and has resulted in a number of enquiries with several people requesting assistance in this very task. With this in mind I have decided to package this work into a plugin named WP Broadbean.

For those not aware, Broadbean Technology runs a service known as Broadbean Adcourier multi-job posting. This enables jobs to be added to the Adcourier service and then broadcast to a number of popular job boards. On top of this, the broadcast and can setup to integrate with your own site. This means that users have to enter a job posting once and it is automatically published on a number of sites including your own.

A couple of years ago, working with Pixel Junction, we had a client who needed to integrate this with a WordPress site we had built for them. The solution I outlined in the original post was the method I took, however having had a number of further projects that needed the same, I decided it would be best to package this up into a plugin. Therefore let me introduce you to WP Broadbean.

The plugin is currently in the alpha stage, although I have integrated a version of it on a few sites. Before releasing it to the public (under the GPL license) I need to make some changes to make it much easier to use “out-of-the-box”. Below is a quick summary of what the plugin will do:

  • A Jobs custom post type
  • Custom taxonomies for job type, job location, job location tags and job categories
  • Custom post type for applications
  • A shortcode for embedding an application form onto your website, which integrates with the jobs custom post type, to allow people to apply for the listed jobs
  • Integrate with your current WordPress theme without creating template files, however you can override these in your theme

If you run a WordPress website that deals with recruitment and you use, or are thinking of using the Broadbean service, please take a look and get involved. I will need beta testers in then next few months! Meanwhile check out the new WP Broadbean holding page and keep an eye on progress on WP Broadbean Github repository.