We just released version 5.0.1, it fixes all of the bugs we found after releasing version 5.0.0, fortunately, this are mainly small problems considering how much we changed under the hood, so i have to say we are pretty satisfied with the version 5.0.
What was changed in version 5.0.1?
NEW: Ability to edit alerts from wp-admin / Job Board / Email Alerts panel.
NEW: wpjb_templates_dir filter added
NEW: wpjb_job_application_url filter added
FIXED: Deleting employer from wp-admin panel logouts administrator.
FIXED: Category and Job Type pages displaying all jobs.
FIXED: Website URL visible in Resume to unprivileged users.
FIXED: The same registration URL for Employer and Candidate in the login forms.
FIXED: Republish button in [wpjb_employer_panel] not working.
We are also releasing Jobeleon 1.5.1 with following updates:
FIXED: removed <h1> and <h3> tags in sidebar widgets to improve Jobeleon SEO
FIXED: error in third step in [wpjb_jobs_add]
Due to changes in WPJB 5.0, you will also need to update Application URL add-on (if you are using it of course) to version 1.2. You can download the add-on by clicking this link. In order to upgrade go to wp-admin / Plugins panel and deactivate and delete the Application URL add-on from there, then from wp-admin / Plugins / Add New / Upload panel upload and activate new version.
Doing this should not delete any of your data, although it is always good to have site backup just in case.
We just released WPJobBoard 5.0 and Jobeleon 1.5.0 with Google Jobs integration. The update notification should be visible in your wp-admin panel within 24 hours. If you cannot find it go to wp-admin / Dashboard / Updates and click “Check Again” that should do it.
The focus of this release was on removing old Embedded mode to significantly improve WPJB speed in the front-end. We were able to do that, although we do not have any comparisons or stats yet, they will be available soon. Probably in a blog posting.
The focus of this release was on the performance but in the mean time, Google released Google Jobs API. This is a huge change and we needed to make sure WPJB will be 100% compatible with it in order to stay relevant for the next years to come.
The Google Jobs integration has a separate configuration panel in wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Google For Jobs. The configuration panel looks similarly as on the image below
Google For Job Configuration
It allows mapping Job Types overwriting the default settings using drag and drop editor, previewing changes and validating the generated snippet. More information about this feature you will find in WPJB Google Jobs documentation.
This is more of an update then redesign but still. The jobs resumes, and company pages got a more modern look and feel both on desktop and mobile. Below you can see how does the jobs list look like
Jobs List in WPJobBoard
If you would like to see how do the details pages look like you can see on the demo site. We are also releasing code snippets to our GitHub snippets library to allow you quickly customize the job board layout without modifying the original source code.
The WPJB 5.0 has three new notifications editable from wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Emails panel
New Employer Notification – This message is sent to the Administrator when new Employer registers using [wpjb_employer_register] shortcode.
New Candidate Notification – Similarly as above the notification is sent to the Administrator when Candidate registers using [wpjb_candidate_register] shortcode.
Candidate Contact Email – This email template is used when Employer tries to contact Candidate by sending an email from Candidate details page.
Extended Import Response
When importing jobs via API in version 4.5.1 and older WPJB returned the only XML with status, so the import result could be either 1 or 0. In version 5.0 there are more detailed logs for each imported item. How the response look like you can see in the update XML Import documentation.
This release might break compatibility with some of the old code snippets, before updating it is recommended to disable all snippets in your theme functions.php file. That is if you have any snippets at all.
After upgrading WPJB you can enable them back, if this will cause any errors please let us know.
The full list of added, edited and deleted files you can download here.
Google for Jobs is a new search feature published by Google. Simply put, it’s a way that job descriptions all across the web are displayed in Google when someone does a search for job related terms. Just like video and images are given their own special attention and view in Google Search Results, jobs are now also going to be displayed in their own special view.
Google’s taken on the role of job aggregator now, and that’s going to shake up the entire job search industry. There will be new challenges for established talent industry brands, and giant opportunities for smaller brands to make unprecedented talent hunting gains if they catch up now and ride the wave of change upon us.
What does Google for Jobs look like today?
Google for Jobs is a new way that Google is showing web pages in search results, specifically web pages that are job descriptions. If Google recognizes that a web page is a job description then that page will be one of the special pages qualifying to be shown in this view. For example, if someone searched in Google for “nursing jobs in Baltimore” the jobs that match that description are now listed in an improved user interface, not in the classic way Google displays web page results. The way someone starts a job search session is the same as searching for any other term on Google Search, but the difference is in how the results of that search are displayed: in a whole new and better interface.
Last week we promised we’d reveal how WPJobBoard benefits SEO, how it helps meet the criteria Google is looking for. Conveniently, the scenario of a site publishing jobs is a useful example for explaining what factors Google favors, for understanding how to maximize the traffic that Google sends. The factors that Google pays attention to, when it determines who is going to get the most traffic, are many. However, there are basic core principles that haven’t changed much since Google started. We’ll examine how these principles apply to WPJobBoard and how using it in a website can yield gains in SEO.
What’s great about job descriptions or candidate resumes is that they appear organically, over time as jobs are posted and candidates apply. They have to be posted as part of a normal placement workflow. It’s hard to get around typing them in to something, one way or another. But when you leverage WPJobBoard it turns your normal workflow into an ongoing SEO campaign, something other types of businesses would have to invest tens of thousands per year to achieve the same SEO effect.
What’s the job board SEO benefit? A job board on your website is its potential to increase visits from search engines. There are specific search engine optimization reasons to install WPJobBoard. When you list jobs on your site, job seekers using search engines can find your site. When you list candidate descriptions on your site, employers using search engines can find your site. WPJobBoard allows website stakeholders to publish the content that’s relevant and is easy to link to, frequently. This turns search engine users into visitors that are valuable for your business.
The job board SEO potential is enormous. Here’s why: search engine optimization (SEO) involves publishing quality content that meets technical and quantitative criteria search engines expect. Doing SEO correctly causes search engines to show links to your content in search engine results pages (SERPs). WPJobBoard was designed to allow website stakeholders to publish jobs easily, perform the functions of an applicant tracking system on its back-end, and at the same time meet the exact criteria search engines are looking for.
We just released WPJB 4.5.1, you should see it available in your dashboard within 24 hours, if not then go to wp-admin / Dashboard panel and click “Check Again” button. This should allow you to update to the latest WPJB version.
Facebook Integration Update
This version has 2 major changes. The first one is Facebook update if you had a problem with the Facebook integration then after upgrading go to wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Facebook panel reset the configuration and try connecting again this should work properly now.
Note that since the new Facebook API requires PHP 5.4 or newer, you will need to make sure that your server has this PHP version otherwise it will not work and enabling Facebook will cause a Fatal Error on site.
Embedded Mode Notice
If you are using WPJobBoard in Embedded Mode (you can check it in wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Default Pages and URLs panel, but if you purchased WPJB less than 2 years ago you should be fine) you will see a undissmissable notice in wp-admin panel which will nag you to switch the Shortcoded Mode.
I understand the message will be annoying but the reason it is not possible to hide is that we will be removing Embedded Mode on 19th July, after that it will not be possible to use it.
This is some work for users who haven’t made the switch yet for some reason, but great news for every other WPJobBoard user, without the Embedded Mode we will be maintaining smaller and less complex code base which means:
We will be able to develop new releases faster.
The new versions will be better optimized and tested as they will be only one mode to test with.
Removing the old mode will significantly speed up WPJobBoard especially in the frontend.
WPJB will use less server memory and processor power.
The code base will be easier to maintain so it will less prone to error.
With less code plugin will be easier to customize even for users who are not familiar with WPJB yet.
The migration we wanted to make as simple as possible, so we created a plugin that will do most of the work. You can read here how to migrate to shortcoded mode.
Below you can check the list of modified files in the Version 4.5.1.
WPJobBoard 4.5 and Jobeleon 1.4 can now be downloaded using automatic updates or directly from the client panel. If you cannot see the update notification in your WP Admin panel go to wp-admin / Dashboard / Updates and click “Check Again”.
This is a major release focusing mainly on job applications, we wanted to build a basic applicant tracking system to make managing applications easier for both Administrators and Employers.
Frontend – Job Applications Management
The Employer Panel had “Jobs” and “Applications” sections rebuild, from now on Employers can list all applications they received or filter them by job and status. They can also rate and change application status directly from the applications list.
The Employer has all the important information at a glance.
Applications List in version 4.5.0
The application details pages look very similar to the list, but they are extended with additional information included in the form and navigation buttons to quickly switch between applications.
Frontend – Employer Jobs Management
Similarly, the list of jobs in Employer Panel was updated to make managing jobs and applications easier for the administrator, this is a first from few of the updates we have planned for the Employer Jobs List.
Notice also the handy red icon informing Employer that there is an application with status New which Employer did not saw yet.
Employer Panel Jobs List in WPJB 4.5.0
Admin: Job Applications Tracking
The applications list in wp-admin also has basic applicant tracking features since version 4.5.0, the list allows to sort applications by Posted and Rating columns, it also allows to filter applications by Job by clicking on selected job title.
We made sure to include only the most important information on the job applications list, but at any time you can add additional columns to the list using Screen Options button (at the top right when on applications list).
Applications List in administration panel since WPJB 4.5.0
One great feature in the Application edition in wp-admin panel is the ability to select if candidate should be notified about job application status change via email, to do this simply click “Edit” button next to Status, select a new status, if the status has a notification email setup then below you will see a checkbox which will allow to select if the Candidate should receive notification when you update the job application.
Admin: Beautiful Forms
Aside from job applications changes we also updated how Add and Edit forms for Jobs, Applications, Companies and Candidates look like in the wp-admin panel, we wanted to give them more professional look and feel and at same time make scanning the forms data easier for eyes by better structuring the data, it looks like on the image below
Yes! all forms look like that since version 4.5.0
There were also some smaller changes
List of minor changes and bug fixes
NEW: statement_descriptor field added to Stripe integration (this is a description that will appear on customer credit card statement)
FIXED: Stripe integration now sends the cardholder name to Stripe when charging user (this will decrease charge failure rates for American Express cards).
FIXED: Incorrect validator in wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Emails / Live Composer
REMOVED: the_title filter (it caused some unexpected changes in top menu)
If you need a list of changed files you can get it from the files changelogt .
Today we are releasing WPJB version 4.4.7, this update took much longer than I originally expected but it was well worth it to put extra time into development, the new updates takes the transactional emails in WPJB to completely new level.
Emails are the most common communication method with potential employers and candidates, make your email stand out from other recruitment companies by sending beautifully crafted email templates perfectly matching your company branding, and the best part is, you can do all of that without any programming knowledge.
If you are familiar with HTML, you can edit the email HTML template and create your own unique and custom email template that will best represent your company brand.
When editing individual email templates you can preview the email template (both plain text and HTML) at any time to see live if you are getting exactly the result you are looking for the preview tool also allows to download your generated email to a HTML file so you can test it in different email clients using tools like Litmus.
We also redesigned the Insert Variable button, variables are grouped and each contains description explaining what data does the variable contain.
Email sending mechanism follows all guidelines for modern HTML emails:
If the client does not support HTML emails he will see a plain text version of the message, so you can be sure that client will be able to read the email no matter what email client he is using to read the email.
The emails include responsive CSS code, so they will look good on desktops and on mobile devices.
All the CSS code is automatically inlined (using Emogrifier) to make sure that the email will display the same across all the email clients.
Aside of these changes there were following minor bug fixes and improvements
some typos in in text fixed.
API wpja_form_init_membership and wpja_form_save_membership filters added.
API wpjb_editor_params filter added
Feature validating date fields when uploading from XML or CSV
Fixed callback loop on some installations when saving a Job, Resume or Company
Fixed (for security) it is no longer possible to configure file upload fields to allow uploading PHP files, that is even if you allow uploading any file type, the PHP files will not be uploaded.
Fixed full-text search when the search word contains “+” sign.
Fixed link in Employer Panel breadcrumbs
Fixed user email not set properly for email notify_employer_new_application
Fixed incorrect redirect when searching from [wpjb_employers_list] shortcode
Fixed make sure that correct resume id is set when adding Education or Experience (to avoid setting it to 0).
Fixed uploading files when importing data from XML or CSV
Fixed generating slugs when creating new Employer, Job or Resume when importing
Fixed setting correct employer_id when uploading a job.
Today we are releasing WPJB 4.4.6, this update includes some small incremental changes that will make it easier to configure and customize to your needs. Along with this release, we are also releasing Jobeleon 1.3.6 with a couple of minor bug fixes.
You can update either using automatic updates the new release should be visible in your wp-admin panel within 24 hours or you can download the latest version from the client panel.
Ok, so what’s new in this version?
Label field in the Custom Fields editor
The Label field allows displaying your custom text or HTML message inside the form.
Redirects and Custom Slugs – from wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Default Pages and URLs panel, it is possible to setup custom page to which user will be redirected once some action will be triggered. Currently, the redirects can be applied to following actions: User Registered, User Logged in, User Logged out and Job Application sent.
From the same panel you can setup custom slug (page name) for a job, resume and company details pages, so you no longer need to have jobs at http://example.com/job/test-job/ you can have them at for example http://example.com/gig/test-job/.
Stripe Update – Stripe integration was updated to latest version, there is no visible change on the outside but if you are using Stripe make sure you have PHP 5.3 or newer installed on the site otherwise it will not work.
If you are using a reputable hosting company you can be pretty sure that you already have PHP 5.3 or newer installed on the server.
General Job Application Form – the general job application form (that is [wpjb_apply_form] shortcode) from now on will show a success message if the form was filled properly and submitted, additionally if param job_id is set the job application form will send a notification to Employer who owns this job.
Custom Admin Email – when some email notification was sent to Administrator WPJB was using an email address specified in wp-admin / Settings panel, from now on if you would like to use a custom admin email address you can enter it in wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Common Settings panel.
404 Header For Expired or Inactive Jobs – If job expired or just is disabled the Job details page will display with a 404 header informing search engines that this page no longer exists unless in WPJB settings administrator allowed users to view expired jobs.
WPJobBoard 4.4.5 and Jobeleon 1.3.5 were just released and you should see the update notification in client panel in less than 24 hours, if not then go to wp-admin / Dashboard / Updates panel and click “Check Again” button, this should show you available WPJB updates.
Unlike WPJB releases this year, version 4.4.5 is more of a maintenance update with bug fixes and small improvements, but it also has one major feature Extended User Moderation. From wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Job Board Options and Resumes Options panel, you can enable user moderation and disallow newly registered users to access candidate or employer panel, until Administrator will approve them.
Once approved, the user will receive an email informing him that the account was approved and where he can log in to his dashboard. The email content can be edited from wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Email Templates panel.
Other changes in version 4.4.5
FEATURE: When logging in or registering from job details page, the user is redirected back to the job details page on success.
FEATURE: From wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Indeed panel, it is possible to enable conversion tracking.
FEATURE: Options in wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Job Board Options and Resumes Options panel were reorganized to group related options together.
FEATURE: PayPal integration will now display actual HTTP error messages if the payment fails due to HTTP error.
FIXED: Error message displayed when trying to republish a job.
FIXED: Incorrect page_id parameter value in “Jobs Search” widget.
FIXED: Incorrectly blocked access to Resume files
FIXED: Some phrases (“Save” and “Cancel”) were not marked for translation properly.
FIXED: Resumes become disabled after updating them from wp-admin / Job Board / Resumes panel.
FIXED: Resume Education and Experience sorted incorrectly (now they are sorted descending by “start” date).
FIXED: It’s no longer required for an Employer to have at least one job published before his company profile will be visible.
FIXED: Pagination hidden always hidden when searching jobs and resumes by radius.
FIXED: “Go back” on job details pages always redirects to URLs within your site (so for example users won’t go back to Google search when clicking it)
FIXED: Social media integrations (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) will not longer automatically share jobs imported from Indeed or CareerBuilder to avoid problems with duplicate content.
FIXED: Restored and improved missing CSS rules on Resume details pages.
FIXED: File Upload button not clickable in Apply Online form on sold old browsers.
The list of customized files in both WPJobBoard nad Jobeleon you can see in files changelog.
WPJobBoard version 4.4.4 was just released, you should be now able to download it from client panel. If you do not see this update in wp-admin panel, go to wp-admin / Dashboard / Updates and click “Check Again” button.
Along with WPJobBoard version 4.4.4 there is also update to Jobeleon 1.3.4 available, if you are updating WPJB make sure to update Jobeleon as well.
There are three main new features in this update.
From wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Pricing / Employer Membership panel, you can check “Trial” checkbox for one (or more) memberships.
When new Employer registers on site all the Trial memberships will be assigned to him. This is a great way to allow Employers test the Employer account (and get them hooked) without forcing them to spend money.
In wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / ANTI-Spam panel you can enable two ANTI-Spam techniques, they are both easy to a user (that is they are invisible to a real user) and hard for bots. You can read more about this technique in ANTI-Spam documentation.
Additionally, all IP addresses who fail the ANTI-Spam tests are being logged if some IP address occurs often you can use some third party plugin to ban this IP address from your site, the example error log you can see below.
Custom Order For Job Types and Categories
From wp-admin / Settings (WPJB) / Categories and Job Types panel you can enter an order (integer) for each item, this allows to setup custom order for job types and categories.
From the version 4.4.4 items are ordered first by “order” value and then alphabetically. In other words, if you will not make any changes in your categories and / or types, then your data will be sorted by title as they currently are.
FEATURE: Show login form instead of error when unregistered user tries to access Employer or Candidate Dashboard
FEATURE: Ability to customize job feeds (Indeed, Juju, SimplyHired, Trovit and RSS) via API. Example code explaining how to use this API you can find on GitHub – Feeds API Snippets.
BUG: Datepicker in Education in Experience no longer allows to enter invalid dates.
BUG: Subscribe to job alerts not centered properly on screen.
BUG: Google Maps API key is now always added to the URL when loading it from Google
WPJobBoard 4.4.3 and Jobeleon 1.3.3 were just released and you should be able to update to the latest version using automatic updates. (If you cannot see the update in wp-admin panel, go to wp-admin / Dashboard / Updates and click “Check Again” button.).
What is new in WPJobBoard 4.4.3?
Until now, resume edition both in wp-admin and frontend was really time-consuming, you need to edit each panel separately, wait for a page to load, fill the form, save it go back to My Resume view rinse and repeat for another panel. Version 4.4.3 resolves this problem, now the whole resume can be edited from a single page, with a user-friendly interface. Play the short video below to see how it works.
Aside from the resumes management there is as usually a couple of small improvements and bug fixes
Ability to login using email (this was actually possible when WordPress made it possible but now also the label in login form reads “Username or Email” instead of “Username”. As a bonus, you can download and use a free “Register Using Email” addon which will remove the “Username” field from both Employer and Candidate registration forms.
Updated Resume Completion calculation – specifically when Experience and Education fields are trashed they are not being included in the calculations.
Automatic Updates via SSL – WPJobBoard communicates and downloads WPJB updates over secure SSL connection.
WPJB incorrectly restricting access to My Resume Avatar, on some configurations this made avatars display as “broken” images.
Few XSS vulnerabilities removed (not disclosing where for security reasons).
Some phrases marked incorrectly for translation.
Latest Jobeleon version has two updates if you are updating WPJobBoard make sure to update Jobeleon as well.
Listing Type field on Add Job Page updated to match the new look default WPJobBoard template has since version 4.4.2.
My Resume template files updated, so the Jobeleon can take advantage of new My Resume editor.
WPJobBoard 4.4.2 was just released along with Jobeleon, it should become available in your wp-admin panel within 24 hours, if you do not want to wait go to wp-admin / Dashboard / Updates panel and click “Check Again” button it should allow you to update instantly.
Along with WPJB 4.4.2, Jobeleon 1.3.2 was released, the Jobeleon update is optional, the old one should work fine with latest WPJobBoard version.
Updated XML Import – Until now the import either finished or was proccessing XML file forever, in latest version it will either finish or display an error explaining what went wrong. More over each imported item will have its own log informing Admin if the item was inserted or updated and show notices (for example if you are trying import meta field which does not exist).
There is also one change in the import itself, until now if the <id> tag was provided WPJB would either update item with this ID or skip this item, in version 4.4.2 if <id> is provided, but does not exist in database WPJB will create an item with this ID.
From the image above you can see that one job was added, one application, company and resume were update. Additionally 5 warnings occured when updating application and one warning when importing company.
The warnings do not stop the import, they only inform Admin that some data was not added.
Redesigned Listing Type – In [wpjb_jobs_add] “Listing Type” field was redesigned, the goal was to make the “Listing Type” field stand out from the rest of the fields, so the user will know he is selecting how much (and if) he will be charged and how long his listing will be displayed. In version 4.4.2 Listing Type will look like on the image below
FEATURE: redirect_to and form_only params in [wpjb_jobs_search] and [wpjb_resumes_search] shortcodes.
FEATURE: job_id param in [wpjb_apply_form] shortcode.
FEATURE: Approved, Active, Is Filled and Is Featured columns added in wp-admin / Job Board / Jobs, Screen Options and CSV Export.
FIXED: Screen Options does not show when labels are changed in left wp-admin sidebar.
FIXED: Indeed Backfill optimization, disabled some DB queries not required when searching Indeed.
FIXED: Logo files missing in CSV export.
FIXED: Some random “s” letter showing when editing categories.
WPJobBoard 4.4.1 has been just released, and you should be able to get either using automatic updates or from client panel.
Responsive wp-admin panel.
Until now job board wp-admin did not behave well, when viewing it using mobile device, this was fixed and now all the WPJB pages in wp-admin panel are responsive and you can manage your job board using mobile device just as good as when viewing it using desktop.
Drag and drop file uploads.
Uploading files especially when sending job applications is a crucial part of job board, yet usually no one likes to do it, you click on the button, search for a file on your system and then upload it. With new drag and drop file uploads users can just drag a file from their computer into browser window and have it uploaded, it’s easy, takes a lot less time to do and will definitely encourage users to fill job application forms.
Linking files from Media Library.
On the image above you can also see “media library …” button, this will allow users to use a file already uploaded into Media Lbrary, if you are using the same logos for most of the jobs this will allow you to save a lot of disk space and make selecting files even faster ( Download Woocommerce Plugins ).
Note that the “media library …” button will show only to users with upload_files capability (basically Administator and Editor), if you want to make it visible to other users as well, you need to grant upload_files capability to this roles.
Uploading files from Dropbox
If this is not easy enough, we also prepared a free add-on which will allow your users upload files directly from their Dropbox account. This is a must have add-on if your users are often applying from mobile devices, they usually do not have files there, but have the file on their Dropbox account.
Finally the new file upload allows to quickly preview uploaded files without opening new window or downloading them to your computer.
This will work for most image, PDF, video and audio files, unfortunately won’t work for Microsoft Office files, as brwosers are not able to natively open this files.
Aside of some major changes listed above, the version 4.4.1 has folowing bug fixes and some small tweaks
FEATURE Jobeleon Update Notification, if you are using Jobeleon and the WPJB version you are using requires a newer Jobeleon you will see notification in wp-admin panel.
REMOVED “Attention! This job is …” message was removed as it was causing a lot of confusion and users often wanted to hide it. If you were using this feature and want to continue using, then you need to copy code available in WPJobBoard Snippets Library into your theme functions.php file.
FIXED Incorrect error message in login forms when reCAPTCHA value is incorrect.
FIXED Make it possible to translate “Job Board” and “Settings (WPJB)” menus in wp-admin panel.
FIXED Allow to add items to “WPJobBoard Menu” widget without saving it first.
FIXED Resume Status does not change properly
FIXED Resume Files security, unprivileged users can no longer see files uploaded into resume, even if they know a full URL to the file. On existing site to enable this file protection go to wp-admin / Settings / Permalinks panel and click “Save Changes” button to reset WordPress router.
FIXED Renaming admin menu items removes “Screen Options” on Application, Employers and Resumes pages.
FIXED Some Google Maps related files not being loaded.
FIXED Automatically generate job slug if not provided when posting a job from wp-admin panel.
Jobeleon had mainly updates required to make it compatible with latest WPJobBoard version, additionally one annoying bug in responsive version was fixed. The bug made WPJB leave some blank space on the right side.