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How to create a Job Board website using WordPress ?

WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system. It can be used to manage a variety of content and not just blogs. In this post, we’ll explain how to create a Job Board website using WordPress.

Pre-requisites

This post assumes that you have installed WordPress in your domain and can log in to your admin panel.

WP Job Manager

WordPress, in its core, is a posts management system. It allows you to create posts and assign categories, tags to each post that you create. Its open-source nature has allowed developers to develop plugins that would extend this primary feature into creating more sophisticated management systems like, for example, a Job Board. 

WP Job Manager is precisely that kind of plugin that extends posts into jobs allowing WordPress users to create a Job Board website using WordPress. WP Job Manager is currently managed by Automattic, the same team that built WordPress. Hence we can say it has a stable code base and effective support system.

Installing WP Job Manager

  • To install WP Job Manager, you need to navigate to Plugins > Add New screen in your WordPress admin panel. 
  • Once you are there, type the keyword “WP Job Manager” in the “Search plugins…” input field.
  • WordPress would now search and return the results for the keyword you’ve inputted. 
  • Find the WP Job Manager by Automattic ( has 100,000+ active installations as of writing this post ) and click on the Install Now button to install the plugin.
  • You should now click on the Activate button to activate the plugin installed.

Setting up WP Job Manager

After activation of WP Job Manager, your admin panel in WordPress has a new menu item called Job Listings. On activation, you are redirected to a new Setup Wizard. The setup wizard creates 3 new pages that are required to manage your Job Board. They are :

  • Post a Job – The Jobs Submit Form Page. It has the [submit_job_form] shortcode.
  • Job Dashboard – Page to manage user jobs. It has the [job_dashboard] shortcode.
  • Jobs – The Job listings page that lists all the jobs posted to your website. It has the [jobs] shortcode.

You can also create these pages manually and add these shortcodes. Once you’ve published these pages, you’ll have to let WP Job Manager know these pages from Job Listings > Settings > Pages setting page.

You are good to go…

We now have a working website that functions as a Job Board with WordPress and WP Job Manager. An employer can post a job and manage jobs that he/she had posted. A candidate can browse through the job search form as well as job filters and can apply for a job through the method specified by the employer. 

We can take your Job Boards website a notch up with WP Job Manager compatible WordPress themes like Jobhunt and Front. These themes give your website a stunning look and extend the primary functions of WP Job Manager to a higher level. 

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