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How to Easily Create a Job Board in WordPress (NO HTML Required)

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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.

Creating a job board in WordPress

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
  • 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 $1.99 per month.

Bluehost is one of the biggest hosting companies in the world and an officially recommended WordPress hosting provider.

Once you purchase hosting, Bluehost will automatically install WordPress for you. If you need instructions, then follow our guide on how to install WordPress for detailed step-by-step instructions.

Now that you have WordPress ready, lets see how to start a job board website.

Setting Up a Job Board in WordPress

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the WP Job Manager plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

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:

Add shortcode block

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.

Select job manager pages

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.

General settings for WP Job Manager

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.

Job listings settings

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.

Job submission settings

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.

reCaptcha settings

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.

Email notifications

Bonus tip: We recommend using the WP Mail SMTP plugin to fix the common WordPress not sending email issue.

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.

Submit job listing page

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.

Add job listings

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.

Enter job details

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.

All Jobs

Your website visitors will be able to view all job listings by visiting the jobs page you created earlier.

It will look like this.

Job listings page

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.

Dashboard page

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.

To enable this feature, you will first need to install and activate the Simple Paid Listings plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

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.

payment settings

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.

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  2. Mrteesurez says

    Thanks for this guide. I see that WordPress is really capable of this, but which type of hosting do you suggest for this type of website ? can one use shared hosting ?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      for most sites unless you have a guaranteed large audience it is normally a good idea to start with shared hosting and as your needs increase you can change plans.



    Will I be able to creat a portal like upwork if I follow this tutorial? or there are some other things to do in order to make such a complex job portal like upwork?
    I have tried asking in quora but I was not given any satisfied answer to my Q.

  4. Petals says


    Your tutorials are very helpful,

    However jobs have been added using WP but are not visible on the jobs page on a website. Please can you help? – Thanks

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to ensure you set the correct page for the jobs page and if they are still not appearing you would want to reach out to the plugin’s support for them to assist you.


  5. Mayank A says

    Good article!

    Sir, is it possible that admin can Edit Update Delete View database of companies posted ad and also candidates responding to the job ads posted by Corporate members ?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Yes, you can view and edit jobs posted on your site, depending on the specifics you are looking to do the plugin has extensive documentation for how to modify these :)


  6. David says

    If i register for domain name and fix up my site, will i be able to get the full functionalities and plugin in the word press website?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      While we don’t have a recommendation at the moment, if you are using a job board plugin if you reach out to the plugin’s support they may have a recommended method.


  7. Christopher Haswell says

    Hey guys,

    Great plugin and the [jobs] post/page works perfectly, however the other two pages don’t work with the short code. should I be doing anything else or purchasing anything to make these work?

    Also since installing it seems to have messed up my ‘edge’ accordion which was working perfectly before?

    Any suggestions gratefully recieved.

    Thank you

  8. Rahul says

    Hi, Everything is fine but jobs are not visible on the jobs page. I’m not keeping signin mandatory.

  9. Vishnu says


    This plugin is working fine that our exact requirement.. but we expect another one requirement that is “the normal user can’t able to apply any jobs form site using this plugin”

    it is says that “You need to be signed in to manage your listings. Sign in”.. Every users dont know that login details..

    So you please advise me. how to customize it..


  10. ankit says

    plz tell me ….. in this plugin i want its search box at diffrent place …… what can i do for this thing :( …..

  11. amanda says

    How do I use the short codes? Cuz I can’t get them to work,please someone email and let me know. Thanks

  12. amanda says

    I enter these shortcodes like jobs,job_dashboardsubmit_job_form,etc. They don’t work,can someone please help out . Thank you

    • Rodney says

      Hi Amanda,

      All you have to do is create a new page/post and insert each shortcode and hit publish.

      In this tutorial, you’ll need to create three (3) pages/posts for ( [jobs] , [job_dashboard], and [submit_job_form] ). One page for each shortcode.

      Hope it helps you.


  13. Kim Gaynor says

    I’d love to be able to do the same sort of thing, using a plug-in, but for house plans, not jobs. If anyone knows how to do this, please let me know. Thanks!

  14. MALIK HAMZA says

    Hello Please Teach me how to solve this problem
    Table ‘./blueseal_catdb/pt3_guest_log’ is marked as crashed and should be repaired
    please tell me need help urgent

  15. subbareddy says

    wordpress is amazing there are so many Plugins like this that we can build websites with out knowing html css or any other programming launguage .I have a little bit introusction with buddy is also amazing hope i can expect a good article from you editorial staff about buddy press


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