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!
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.
The long awaited WP 3.6, is almost done and Tomorrow first release candidate is expected. The release is almost 2 months late and it seems that the main new feature Post Formats UI will be removed from core and will be avaialble as a plugin in WordPress repository.
What does this all means to WPJobBoard users? Not much really, the latest WPJobBoard version (the whole 4.0 branch) is developed using also latest WordPress version, so i am pretty sure they are already compatible and once new WP will be available you can safely update.
The version 4.0 release is delayed a couple of days, should be released on Monday, there was a major change i needed to make in the API, so whole plugin needs to be tested again.
In the meantime, here are a couple of screenshots from new job board theme we are working on. The theme will have flat, minimalistic design (popular this days i was told).
The idea is that unlike current WPJobBoard-Theme, this one will have neutral look (so it should work for any niche) and will be far more easier to modify, of course like previously in order to use this job board theme on your site you will need to have WPJobBoard plugin installed first.
The existing WordPress job board theme will most probably be discontinued once the new one for version 4.0 is ready.
WordPress Job Board Theme Home (click to view in full size)
Job Details Page (click to view in full size)
Blog Listings (click to view in full size)
What do you think?
WordPress 3.3 should be released somewhere in November this year. One change in the API that interests me most is improved Editor API. According to a post on WordPress development blog new API will allow to use TinyMCE anywhere.
WordPress Editor API. This is an updated API for both TinyMCE and Quicktags that outputs all parts of both editors in the same way as used on the Add / Edit Post screens, #17144. Plugins will be able to use the WordPress editor anywhere including the Visual/HTML tabs and the links to upload files and show the media library.
By anywhere i understand it will be both frontend and backend, if so then i will be able to implement WYSIWYG in WPJobBoard 3.5 for job description (and maybe some custom fields). There are already few examples how the new editor API could be used and i must say it looks really promising, but let’s wait for final WordPress 3.3 release.
When i first started to learn about SEO (about 5 or 7 years ago), there was a concept of Google Authority site. Basically the site that have an additional links in Google search results was considered an authority site.
I am not sure if the concept is still valid? Either way, i always wanted to have one of them, for no actual reason and today when browsing search results for “wpjobboard” i found out that WPJobBoard is now an authority site. I even made a screen-shot as an evidence.
Recently i have been asked a lot about possibility of adding resumes from the frontend instead of WP Dashboard, usually the argument is that the dashboard is ugly :).
I think i will add this feature in version 3.4 (released probably in March along with some other awesome features), however this will mean that managing resumes from the backend (ie WP Dashboard) will no longer be possible, so i figured out that it will be best to ask you (the WPJobBoard user) what do you think about such change? Please post in comments.
BTW. If there will be no comments i will probably go ahead with it.
I almost finished automatic updates feature for WPJobBoard 3.1, i hope to release the whole package soon. At the same time i needed a new instance of WordPress at my computer to test the upgrades, so i decided to give WordPress 3.0 a try.
After quick installation i uploaded and activated WPJobBoard. So far, i haven’t had a single problem with it, so it’s safe to say that WPJobBoard 3.0 and 3.1 are compatible with WordPress 3.0. I guess that WP developers did a great job to retain backward compatibility for plugins and (probably) themes.
One thing i might change or rather add is new default WPJobBoard theme that takes advantage of new theme, on the other hand as far as i am concerned my demo version is the only blog which still uses Kubrick theme so that might not be a priority.
In the following month i am going to implement few changes on this website … in fact i am going to rewrite it. There are few reasons for it. First i need a better admin panel to help you more effectively, second i want to make ordering even more simplified and third i want you to make money from WPJobBoard, therefore i am in the process of creating affiliate program when one will be receive commision (about 20% to 30%) for each sale.
Obviously that does not mean i will stop working on WPJobBoard 3.0, far from it. In the meantime i will collect feedback and implement improvements and i hope to get stable version (although beta version seems already stable enough) released in April, i won’t tell the exact date because i am myself not sure when it will be.
I want to make a “double launch” (if you will) and release stable version along with upgraded official WPJobBoard site.
By the way, i am courious how many of you reading this post are interested in becoming WPJobBoard affiliate?
I noticed that lately a lot of you try to contact me by posting comments on this blog or at http://ditio.net . That’s awesome if you want to comment a post all insight are always welcome. However if you have some specific question about WPJobBoard (for example troubleshooting) then it’s not the best method at all.
I always recommend contacting me using form at https://wpjobboard.net/contact, or even faster by sending email to support[at]wpjobboard.net, i am the only person that answers those emails so basically you are communicating directly with me and even better i answer every single email in my in-box.
On the other hand it’s the other way around with comments, especially those at ditio.net, i don’t get notification about new comments so it can be there unnoticed for few days – i am not even aware of them.
The only exception to this is when i do not answer email for about two days. You might expect then that email was not delivered for “some” reason. In that case it is a good idea to post in comments, but ONLY on THIS blog.