WPJobBoard 4.1.4 (LinkedIn Update and Searching from wp-admin)

Version 4.1.4 was just released and you should see it soon in automatic updates panel, as always you can also download the update from client panel. This update is crucial for you if you are using Apply From LinkedIn feature. LinkedIn is deprecating old Apply From LinkedIn button on 1st August, if you want to have this functionality working you need to update.

What’s new in version 4.1.4?

  • Apply From LinkedIn – like described earlier LinkedIn is discontinuing the old apply button, this involves a couple of changes to how the “Apply From LinkedIn” will now work. First of all, the option to apply via email only is gone, all LinkedIn applications will be sent as “normal” WPJB applications. The second change is that to the application a PDF file will no longer be attached, instead when viewing application details from wp-admin panel you will see a button as below

  • Searching Candidates and Employers from wp-admin panel – now it is possible to search Candidates and Employers from wp-admin panel, similarly like Jobs.
  • Link to Resume on job application - from admin panel you can allow Employers to see full Resume of a user who submitted an application to one of Employer jobs.
  • General Job Application – new shortcode [wpjb_apply_form] was added. You can put this shortcode on any Page or Post it will generate a job application form. If a user will fill and submit this form his job application will be saved as a General Application, that is application not associated with any job.
  • Google Maps V3 – WPJobBoard can now use Google Maps V3, in order to enable them you need to enter your Google API key in wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Google APIs panel.

Along with WPJobBoard 4.1.4 release, new Jobeleon version (1.1.3) was released, it is a recommended update as well.

The list of modified files in both WPJB and Jobeleon you can download from here.

Version 4.1.3 (Bookmarks and Admin only fields)

Version 4.1.3 was just released you should see an update notification in your wp-admin panel within 24 hours or you can download it immediately from client panel.

This version has 2 main features as well as multiple minor improvements and bug fixes, so what’s new?

  • Bookmarks – while this was not so much requested feature it will be useful once we will release native mobile WPJobBoard application, basically once you enable Bookmarks from wp-admin panel then next to the Apply Online button on job details page Bookmark button will appear. Candidates will be able to browse all their bookmarks from candidate panel.
  • Admin only custom fields – there is a small but really useful update to custom fields, since version 4.1.3 it is possible to create custom fields that will be visible from wp-admin panel only. For example recruiter might want to add such field to Application form in order to add private notes about job application.
    Additionally the Custom Fields are not added using apply_filters function which makes the whole Forms API much more flexible, although i guess that only web developers will appreciate or notice this change :).
  • Membership discounts – when purchasing membership Employer can now enter discount code, additionally it is possible now to create free membeships
  • Timezones – proper support for different timezones was added to job board.
  • Facebook update – some of you were experiencing “(#200) The user hasn’t authorized the application to perform this action” error when configuring FB integration, this is fixed in version 4.1.3

As usually along with new WPJB version release, Jobeleon is also getting an update, so if you are using WPJB and Jobeleon make sure to update both of them.

List of modified files you can download from here.

WPJobBoard 4.1.2 (Apply From LinkedIn Integration)

Version 4.1.2 was just released, this is a small update mainly with bug fixes, tiny improvements. The most notable changes are dates and locations API updates, basically you will now be able to format dates and locations any way you want. It will be documented today or tomorrow with example usage snippets.

There is also one new very often requested feature – Apply From LinkedIn. It allows to collect job applications directly from LinkedIn, in order to use you need to configure your LinkedIn integration first, once ready next to “Apply Online”, “Apply From LinkedIn” button will appear. This integration has two modes: “email” LinkedIn applications will be sent to your email address only and “web” using it LinkedIn applications will be saved directly in DB (in wp-admin / Job Board / Applications panel).

I made an announcement on Facebook fan page, but in case you missed it here is what’s inside:

  • LinkedIn Post as Company
  • Apply From LinkedIn
  • Candidate/Employer can always view his profile
  • Top search box improvments
  • Recent Jobs widget will now sort by date only (not by is_featured flag)
  • Schema.org markup for job postings
  • Customizable Locations (via API)
  • Customizable Dates (via API)

If you are using Jobeleon theme, remember to update your theme to version 1.1.1 as well.

WPJobBoard 4.1.1 important maintenance release

Version 4.1.1 was just released, now this release does not have most of the planned features, as this is a version that fixes one important issue found in version 4.1.0, if i promised you some new feature in 4.1.1 then i am afraid it will most likely be moved to 4.1.2, anyway here is a list of changes:

  • Fixed, job application file uploads
  • Fixed, you no longer need to have at least one Payment Method enabled
  • Added, {$resume} variable in job application notification emails sent to Admin and Employer
  • Added, candidates can now preview their resumes
  • Couple of CSS changes

If you are using version 4.1.0 this is a must have release for you. As always you can update via automatic updater or by downloading new zip file from client panel and overwriting files using FTP.

WPJobBoard 4.1 – Membership Packages

I am happy to announce that WPJB 4.1 is finally ready for download from client panel and via automatic updates (if you are using 4.0.3 or newer).

So, what’s new?

  • Configurable Membership Packages for Employers that allows to purchase multiple jobs and resumes access, if you missed it i posted a couple of screenshots from developer version on our Facebbok Page, this is a huge update that took almost 75% of development time.
  • Search Bar on Jobs List i noticed a lot of users using [wpjb_jobs_search] shortcode to display job search on top of jobs list, the problem with is that it does not look good by default, so from now on you can enable nice search bar in job board options, here is how will it look
    Job Board Search Bar
  • Change Password, from now both Employers and Candidates can change passwords from their accounts
  • Delete Account, similarly as above both Employers and Candidates can now delete their accounts
  • Facebook Integration, you can create and configure Facebook application to automatically post new jobs on your FB activity stream or on FB page that you own.
  • LinkedIn Integration, post new jobs to your LinkedIn account.

If you are using Jobeleon theme then aside of upgrading WPJobBoard you need to upgrade Jobeleon as well (you can download it from client panel).

Note that this is a huge update, while we did everything we could to make sure this release is bugs free, i recommend that you do a full site backup before upgrading.

Site Redesign

As you can see the site was just redesigned, i wanted to make this update along with version 4.1, however since beta testing takes more time than i originally expected i went ahead with the redesign and published it earlier.

For all WPJB users this means slightly updated client panel, most probably some new features will be coming there soon and since the changes on site also included internal engine the updates API should work faster although i doubt you will notice any difference  as the speed improvements are in milliseconds.

As for version 4.1 as i am guessing this is something you are interested most, i do not have an exact release date as it is hard to tell right now if Quality Assurance will find some issues or not, if you cannot wait to get it is best to subscribe to this blog or Facebook fanpage, as soon as new WPJB will be released there will be announcement on both sites (and via automatic updates if you are using version 4.0.3 or newer).

New Year’s Resolutions

First week of a new year is usually a time of summary, to take a look at the last year (to see what went great and what not so much) and plan for the year ahead of you.

How was 2013 for WPJobBoard?

Not bad at all. The biggest win was releasing WPJB 4.0 and Jobeleon theme. Both of them were welcomed warmly by the community and are real improvement to what WPJB used to be. The biggest positive surprise for me was how often users used Jobeleon as theme since i am marketing WPJB mainly as a plugin.

Good decision was also hiring Jeeni as a half-time QA (quality assurence) tester, fresh pair of eyes really help find bugs and problems in the software.

I can’t think of anything that went particularly bad, i would say that even though the KB articles were rewritten for 4.0 the quality is less than satisfying.

What is ahead of us?

First of all version 4.1 which is planned for middle of January, the codebase is locked there will be just few more small changes there and i will be passing it to QA (if you would like to see what i do have planned there check out our Facebook).

Next up will be probably WPJobBoard officials site redesign, i am guessing this is not something you might be interested in but this is still on my roadmap.

We are planning native Android and iOS WPJobBoard apps. Users are checking their smartphones multiple times a day, showing them instant job notifications on their mobile devices seems like a great idea. It would be huge success to have them ready in the middle of the year.

In order to develop native mobile apps, the WPJobBoard would need to have a full OpenGraph-like API that will allow to remotely manage all WPJB data.

These are the biggest plans so far, other than that we will be doing multiple updates with small (yet important) UI and functionality improvements.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Membership Packages (4.1 sneak peek)

As some of you may already know version 4.1 will be available in middle of January, it will include multiple improvments, updates and a couple of new features. The most awaited one are probably membership packages which i am presenting in this sneak peek.

So, what are membership packages? Well, you can think of them as subscriptions, in wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Pricing, Administrator will now have ability to create a new product expiring or not out of existing “Single Job Pricing” and “Single Resume Access” products.

For example such membership package can include 50 featured job postings, unlimited free job postings and unlimited access to resumes for 30 days, but you can also sell it as products for example 30 featured job postings with no expiration date.

I was thinking of scenarios which would NOT be possible to build using membership packages and so far i wasn’t able to think of any, as cliche as it sounds the possibilities seem to be endless, but i guess will see about that once WPJB 4.1 will be released.

So, since 1 picture is worth 1000 words here are 5 pictures for you.

WordPress 3.8 and WPJobBoard

WordPress 3.8 should be released this Thursday, according to latest official news. It is also about time to check if plugins are working properly with new WP version. I just did a final check for WPJobBoard and everything seems to be working properly, if you are using WPJB 4.0.5 or newer you can safely upgrade your WP site … at least as far as WPJB goes.

The WordPress 3.8 update will include complete wp-admin panel redesign, if you would like to see how it integrates with WPJobBoard you can check it on WPJB Facebook Page, i posted there a couple of screenshots.

Connect with us

I am building (or in case of Twitter restarting) social media profiles for WPJobBoard, the idea is to use them as platforms to exchange ideas and help improve WPJobBoard.

In a few days i am planning to post on Facebook couple of screenshots from version 4.1 that will be available between December end and middle of January, this will be to best time to have your say and suggest improvements or even have some important feature developed (if this will be something that anyone can benefit from).

Of course on social media there will be also new version release announcements and additionally some extras/freebies for people who get involved … ohh and by the way, Twitter and Facebook are the places to get me on chat.

Below are links to WPJB social media profiles, if nothing else i would appreciate if you would like, follow or +1 WPJB.

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