WP Job Openings Review

Use WordPress? Sick of paying through the nose for job boards? Need a way to accept job applications? Read on, this one's for you.
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I’ve covered settings in WPJO and findings so far. Here’s the kicker, everything I’ve covered thus far, is free. 

Yes, as far as this review is concerned, I’ve not even gotten onto the paid for add-ons. I’ve reviewed/used a lot of plugins in my short time on this planet, and I can tell you this. 

WP Job Openings is feature rich, and truth be told? I’m impressed. 

I’m getting ahead of myself, next up I’m going to create a job, and see what some of these settings can do.

Creating a job in WPJO

WPJO uses the Block Editor for the creation of jobs, so those of you familiar with it will feel right at home.

For those of you who prefer the Classic editor, I’ve installed the Classic editor plugin, for some testing and can tell you, it works with both.

Classic editor in action:

Classic Editor in action

The Block Editor gets a bad wrap, but personally I prefer it. It’s what I’m going to be focusing on in this review of WPJO, but I thought it worthwhile showing you it does work in the Classic Editor!

Block Editor in action:

Block Editor job posting
Block Editor job posting

There are a few options I’ll cover here, and I’ll need to break the screenshot down, so bear with me.

Adding Job specifications

Add specifications
Add specifications

Previously I covered the creation of Job specifications, here you can add the right ones that fit the role. I’ve taken the liberty of adding my newly created ones, which are salary based. 

Job status and expiry

Status and expiry
Status and expiry

In the Block Editor menu, you have an option to set the expiry date of the role. Along with some useful stats:

  • Job Title Marketing Manager
  • Current Status: Active
  • Views: 15
  • Applications: 0
  • Last Submission: NA

As this role was set up as part of my review/test, the Views count is a little higher than if you’d just literally published the role!

A useful at a glance feature, great for HR/business owners to get a little snippet of information as to what’s happening with the role.

Front end display of job listing

What does it look like on the front end of our website? Hopefully, it doesn’t disappoint.

Listing on front end.
Listing on front end

In the example above, I’ve used the following from appearance settings: 

Appearance settings for the example
Appearance settings for the example

These settings deal with the job detail page, looking at the output, it doesn’t look great to me, thankfully we can change this. 

One glaring thing that has stood out, is the job specification output not having an awful lot of room, from the paragraph above. Bearing in mind, it is set to display “below job description”.

Let’s try this again, and instead of using the theme settings, let’s use the plugin settings, let’s mix it up and go for two columns, instead of one.

The result:

Much better, but. See the job specification just below the job text? It’s too close to my liking. What happens if we choose to show it “above job description”?

See below:

A little bit of space!
A little bit of space!

I know I’m being fussy here, but it’s the little things like this that can grind someone down. You know the drill, cue Google searches for how do I add more space to the job description in WP Job Openings?

Well, the answer is simpler than you think. Here’s the output with some extra space:

A little bit of space
Space added!

To achieve this, all I did was add a spacer in the Block Editor, type the following into the editor:

/spacer

Then give it a value of 5px, and voilà, you have some extra space. Adjust accordingly and you’re good to go.

Form appearance on front end

There are two options that deal with form display in job listings, one is theme settings, the other plugin settings, see below for what they look like:

Front end examples of forms in WPJO
Front end examples of forms in WPJO

A couple of differences, but nothing major. If you’d prefer to use your theme settings to keep consistency across your website, you have the option to do so.

Better that, than locking you in to using a style that doesn’t fit your needs.

Job listing page, settings and visuals

Now for this section and to pad things out, I’ve added three new jobs. Mainly because I want to see what the job listing section looks like with filtering and such.

Can’t really do that with one job, so I’ll disappear, add the jobs, and when I come back I can show you it in more detail.

We need somewhere to showcase our latest jobs, and WP Job Openings doesn’t disappoint on this. Navigating back to the settings tab, we can change a few options to suit our needs, or design aesthetic if you will.

My settings for the job listing page
My settings for the job listing page

In this instance I’ve gone with the following settings for the job listing page:

I’ve toggled between the two here, theme settings and plugin settings, there’s no notable differences in truth. This of course could be different for you, depending on which theme you are using.

I’ve added my custom filter (salary info) to allow the filtering of roles by remuneration. 

Why add the salary?

Personally, I think this is important to showcase the salary. You want people attracted to the role, and being made aware of how much the role is paying.

By offering a fair wage in your industry/location, you’re not asking potential applicants to jump through hoops, then find out the salary was nowhere near their expectations.

It saves you time, and them. When you consider some people may have gone through numerous applications throughout their job hunt, it’s essential to make the process as accessible as possible.

List view option

I’ve gone with a list view, and you’ll probably note that I have the listings per page set to 10. I’ll change this in a moment, first let’s take a look at the output:

List view settings
List view settings

I’ve gone with a list view, and you’ll probably note that I have the listings per page set to 10. I’ll change this in a moment, first let’s take a look at the output.

Filtering the list view

The above video shows how fast the filtering system is, and it’s quick. Let’s mix things up, now I’m going to change the view to grid, and add the classic pagination option.

The result:

Grid filtering and classic pagination

In this next example, I’ve changed the number of columns, to two, and the listings per page to two. This will demonstrate how the modern pagination works:

Grid option and modern pagination

Super slick I must say, and quick. There’s no doubt, with the right job specification details and a stellar job description, that you can’t help but attract talent!


Looking at this as an end user searching for a role, this is going to make my life easier, and that’s what WPJO is all about, taking the pain away from running your own job solution.

How about adding a search bar to help people even more?

Job search function
Job search function

A quick click of a setting, and you have a search system in place, that will only search through your job posts.

Is WP Job Openings responsive?

This is an important question, many job seekers could be putting the feelers out for work on their lunch breaks, or on the go. 

So it makes sense for them to access the site from a mobile device. Or anywhere prying eyes can see them looking, so offering a responsive design, will help massively.

So is it responsive? 👇

WP Job Openings responsive or not?

Yes, yes it is. Again, I’m still in the free version of WP Job Openings, and despite this being a paid for review (and me trying to find holes in it) so far, it’s pretty darn awesome.

*Scratches head, I’ve got to find some niggling points, right?

In summary (*so far)

It’s super sleek, and to be brutally honest? I’ve not once had to rely on any documentation, nor have I got stuck and sought further info.

That in itself is telling, I’m no expert on WordPress plugins, but the fact I haven’t had to seek additional help, is a major plus point. 

So that’s pretty much the free version covered, now it’s on to the paid for add-ons, and there are a couple of free ones as well. 

Let’s install what WP Job Openings calls the Pro Pack. 

Page 5 👉 – Going pro with WP Job Openings
Page 6 👉 – Applicants and how it works
Page 7 👉 – Verdict and final thoughts

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    • Thanks Andy, took a while to get it done. But, I hope it helps people, whether they decide to go for the free version, or the Pro one.

      Good to know what to expect, lol!

  1. Best review ever!

    Thank you Ben for the amazing review. You should do this more often.
    You just do not miss anything. I would love to read more such reviews on your blog.

    • WOW!!!! Thank you Aravind, means a lot! I like to go in-depth as I think it helps people make a more informed choice. Plus the structure should help those who just want to skip to the things that matter! 🙂

      Appreciate your feedback dude! Literally made my day!

      All the best

      Ben