Installation and setup of the WP Job Manager Broadbean add-on plugin

So, you have purchased the WP Job Manager Broadbean add-on (also works with LogicMelon!) and therefore now what do you do? In this post, I will talk through the steps needed in order to get your site receiving jobs. Let’s get started!

1. Download the ZIP

Once you have made your purchase you will receive an email from our store. This email contains important information including your download link and also your license key.

The first step is to download the plugin. This will download the plugin as a ZIP file to your computer. Depending on your setup, it often gets placed into a downloads folder.

2. Upload the plugin

To upload the plugin to your WordPress site, you should navigate to the WordPress admin area (you need to be logged in of course) and click on Plugins > Add New. Then at the top of the screen, you will see an “Upload plugin” button next to pages main heading. Click this link and then select the downloaded ZIP file from your computer.

Double check you have the WP Job Manager plugin active, without this installed and active the add-on does nothing.

3. Activate the plugin

Once the upload is complete, navigate back to the Plugins page in the WordPress admin area and then click “Activate” next to the plugin name in order to get it running on your site.

Activate the WP Job Manager Broadbean add-on once you have uploaded it to your site.

4. Get setup

There is some basic setup information to do once installed and activated. To enter these settings, navigate to the Job Listings > Settings page in the WordPress admin area.

You will see a list of tabs across the top of this page which splits the settings page up into sections. Click on the “Broadbean” tab to view the settings for this add-on.

The WP Job Manager Broadbean add-on settings page.

These settings need to complete for the plugin to function correctly. Enter your license key (from the confirmation email) and then click the “Save changes” button. Once you have done this, next to the license key field a button should appear to “Activate License“. Click this to activate your license on this site.

Only sites with an active license will receive support and plugin updates.

Now enter a username and password in the next two fields. This is creating a username and password for your Broadbean feed and therefore can be anything you like. When a job is sent over from Broadbean, they will send the username and password with the job and the plugin will check the username and password they send matches the one stored here.

5. Setting up your feed

On the settings page, you will notice a link to a readme file which contains your feed setup information.

The next stage is to provide Broadbean with the information they need to build you a “feed” of jobs to your website. This means that when you write a job in Broadbean and select your WordPress site as the posting destination, Broadbean will send the job data to WordPress and the plugin will read that data and publish a job on your site.

Providing that link to the readme file to the Broadbean integrations team is the next stage. Their team need to complete their development work using that information. The readme file contains all they need to know about what data to send, how to send it, what format it should be in and the location to send it to.

6. Getting applications working

One good feature of using Broadbean is that if a candidate applies for a job on your WordPress site, this application can be tracked back to Broadbean. To use this feature, we recommend using the WP Job Manager Applications add-on. The Broadbean add-on will work alongside that to make sure that applications to jobs using an application form are forwarded to Broadbean.

One important consideration when using applications is that Broadbean only accepts one application per job for a specific email address. This means when the email gets sent by WordPress is must come “from” the person who completed the application form. The “from” address cannot be a generic address used for all outgoing mail. Some WordPress SMTP plugins mean this doesn’t work correctly.

If this cannot be avoided, Broadbean does support applications external to your website (application via URL, rather than tracking email). This works by sending application URL with each job (which links to a webpage on Broadbean servers so candidates can apply there) instead of an application tracking email.

7. Finishing up

Broadbean will then build and test your feed for you. Once they have done this (it can usually take them around 4 weeks) you will get notified once you can start writing and sending jobs from Broadbean to your WordPress site.

If you have any issues getting set up then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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