Introducing WP Broadbean

The WP Broadbean plugin has now been released on…

A while ago I wrote about integrating Broadbean with WordPress. This has proved to be a very popular post on this blog and has resulted in a number of enquiries with several people requesting assistance in this very task. With this in mind I have decided to package this work into a plugin named WP Broadbean.

For those not aware, Broadbean Technology runs a service known as Broadbean Adcourier multi-job posting. This enables jobs to be added to the Adcourier service and then broadcast to a number of popular job boards. On top of this, the broadcast and can setup to integrate with your own site. This means that users have to enter a job posting once and it is automatically published on a number of sites including your own.

A couple of years ago, working with Pixel Junction, we had a client who needed to integrate this with a WordPress site we had built for them. The solution I outlined in the original post was the method I took, however having had a number of further projects that needed the same, I decided it would be best to package this up into a plugin. Therefore let me introduce you to WP Broadbean.

The plugin is currently in the alpha stage, although I have integrated a version of it on a few sites. Before releasing it to the public (under the GPL license) I need to make some changes to make it much easier to use “out-of-the-box”. Below is a quick summary of what the plugin will do:

  • A Jobs custom post type
  • Custom taxonomies for job type, job location, job location tags and job categories
  • Custom post type for applications
  • A shortcode for embedding an application form onto your website, which integrates with the jobs custom post type, to allow people to apply for the listed jobs
  • Integrate with your current WordPress theme without creating template files, however you can override these in your theme

If you run a WordPress website that deals with recruitment and you use, or are thinking of using the Broadbean service, please take a look and get involved. I will need beta testers in then next few months! Meanwhile check out the new WP Broadbean holding page and keep an eye on progress on WP Broadbean Github repository.

4 responses

  1. Baljinder Kuller Avatar
    Baljinder Kuller

    Hi Mark,
    Just been looking in Google and your name popped up. We are developing a new wordpress recruitment website and are trying to integrate a wordpress adcourier plug-in into it.

    I understand you might be able to help with the struggles we are having.

    could we have a chat first and then potentially look at how quickly we might be able to get things up and running.

    Cheers Badj Kuller 07443 980367

  2. Hi Mark,

    Great work!

    I would like to get involved in this testing if it is still on-going?
    If you have fully tested it and not needing anything more, then I would like to use broadbean integration on a wordpress site I am intending to do.

    Would you be able to help just incase if I need a hand? I am based in Milton Keynes.

    Thank you

  3. Paul Williams Avatar
    Paul Williams

    Hi Mark

    Really like the look of this WP Broadbean Plugin, and in the planning stages of a number of job sites, was hoping to use WP for this but was concerned about whether I could integrate with Broadbean if going with WP….

    This seems like it may solve that problem!

    I’ve only one question though, -whenever I have talked to Broadbean in the past (years ago), they’ve wanted something like £4k+ (as a one off payment) to integrate any job board.

    Do you know if that is still the case?

    Thanks, Paul

    1. Broadband themselves do charge a fee to setting up the feed to your site. Not sure on the price though. If you need any help with integrating WordPress and Broadbean then do not hesitate to get in touch. I have worked on a number if sites doing this now.

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