Do you want to create a job board in WordPress?
A job board allows people to look for jobs and companies to post their job listings. It is a popular online business idea because site owners can make money by accepting payments for job listings.
In this article, we will show you how to easily create a job board in WordPress and make money from it.
Getting Started With Your Job Board Website in WordPress
You will need the following items to create a job board website with WordPress:
- A domain name (This will be your website’s address, like wpbeginner.com)
- A web hosting account (This is where all your website files will be stored)
- A job board extension for WordPress
- Paid job listings add-on (if you want to accept payments for job listings)
Let’s start with the domain name and web hosting account.
Domain names cost around $14.99 per year, and web hosting plans start from $7.99 / month (usually paid annually).
This may sound like a lot of money if you are just starting out.
Luckily, the folks at Bluehost are offering WPBeginner users a free domain name, a free SSL certificate, and a discount on hosting.
You can get started for $2.75 per month.
Bluehost is one of the biggest hosting companies in the world and an officially recommended WordPress hosting provider.
Now that you have WordPress ready, creating a job board website with WordPress is time.
Setting Up a Job Board in WordPress
Upon activation, you will need to create a few pages that the plugin will use to display different sections of your job board.
On each page, you just need to enter a title and then add a shortcode.
Let’s get started.
The first page we are going to create will be for jobs. Simply create a new page and enter ‘Jobs’ into the title field.
In the content area, you need to add a shortcode block and paste the following shortcode inside it:
After adding the shortcode, click on the ‘Publish’ button to save your changes.
Next, you will need to repeat the process to create a ‘Submit Job Listing’ page and add the following shortcode:
Lastly, you need to create a ‘Jobs Dashboard’ page and enter the following shortcode in the content area:
Now that you have created all the required pages, let’s move on to the plugin’s settings.
Head over to the Job Listings » Settings page and click on the ‘Pages’ tab.
From here, you need to select the pages you have created earlier and then click on the save changes button to store your settings.
After that, you need to review other settings on the page. Let’s start with the ‘General’ tab first.
On the general page, you can select the date format, add the Google Maps API key, or delete data when you uninstall the plugin.
Note: Google Maps API key requires you to provide billing information, and you will be charged based on your usage. If you don’t want to use Google Maps API, then you can leave this option unchecked.
After that, you can switch to the ‘Job Listings’ tab. There are a number of options on this page to control the display and features available for job listings.
You need to review and adjust them to your own requirements.
Similarly, you can control the job listing submissions by switching to the ‘Job Submission’ tab.
From here, you can control new account settings, submission moderation, edit controls, and more.
To protect your website against automated spam, you need to switch to the reCAPTCHA tab and enable it by adding the API keys.
You will find a link to generate the required API keys next to each option.
Don’t forget to check the box next to the ‘Job Submission Form’ option to display the reCAPTCHA field on the job submission form.
WP Job Manager also sends notifications to site administrators and users. You can control them in the ‘Email Notifications’ tab.
Once you are done, don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.
Adding New Job Listings
Depending on your settings, logged-in users can submit jobs directly from the Submit Jobs page you created earlier.
As an administrator, you can directly add jobs from the WordPress admin area.
Simply go to the Job Listings » Add New page and provide a title, description, and the job type for the job listing you are adding.
After entering the title, description, and choosing a job type, you need to scroll down to the ‘Job Listing Data’ section.
Here, you can provide more information about the job, such as location, application email or URL, company information, company logo, job listing expiration date, etc.
After filling in the job listing data, you can preview the job by clicking on the preview button.
After that, you either add more details if you need to or simply click on the ‘Publish’ button to post the listing.
To manage existing job listings, you need to go to the Job Listings » All Job Listings page in the WordPress admin area.
There, you will be able to see all the job listings posted on your job board. You can click on the pencil icon to edit a job listing, see the filled jobs, and delete existing job listings.
Your website visitors will be able to view all job listings by visiting the jobs page you created earlier.
It will look like this.
Logged-in users will also be able to manage their job listings by visiting the jobs dashboard page you created earlier.
There, they will see all their listings, and they can edit, mark them filled, duplicate, or delete them.
Adding Paid Job Listings
You may have seen several reputable sites adding a job board to generate extra revenue from their website. If your blog has a good reputation among industry peers, then companies wouldn’t mind paying a small fee to get their job posting listed on your site.
It is a paid add-on for WP Job Manager and allows you to accept payments for job listings using PayPal or Stripe.
Upon activation, you need to visit the Job Listings » Settings page and switch to the ‘Paid Listings’ tab.
On this tab, you can choose your preferred payment gateway and provide API information.
We hope this article helped you easily create a job board in WordPress. You may also want to see proven ways to make money online from your website or take a look at our tutorial on how to get more traffic for your website.