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Today I decided to make a list of the best WordPress themes designed for job boards. These themes can be used for general job listing website as well as some niche sites like freelancer job listings and even job board for babysitters. These themes features frontend submission, location aware search, resume creators, visual builders and much more.

I have been involved in recruitment business for the past 5 years working for several international recruitment companies. My main duties were building and maintaining job portals and I know the tiniest aspects of this business. Job portal business has been taken away by large sites like Monster and LinkedIn but there are loads of niches where relatively small websites are performing really well.

The main problem about small players is to keep the website up to date, error free and always add new functionality requested by users. This is incredibly hard if you are using custom-built system and you have no idea how to write your own code. This is where WordPress comes into the game. You can use various plugins and themes and setup your job listing with ease and always keep it updated as theme and plugin developers releases updates. This is something you can’t done with custom-built systems or it will cost fortune to do so.

Below you can find the best job board themes I was able to find. These theme share the same premium design and functionality and they are highly customizable to suit your needs. Most of these themes are created as dedicated job board themes but some of theme can be used for recruitment agency, business, directory, classified and other functional and creative websites.

WPJobus

wpjobus WordPress job board

WPJobus is a 3 in 1 WordPress theme that can be used for building job portals, personal resumes or company profiles. It is fully responsive and bundled with brilliant features such as Google Maps and AJAX search. With its sophisticated directory function, you are able to put up a professional job board portal where consumers can browse, search and filter entities like jobs, companies or resumes. You can use this theme as a single page resume where you can present your professional background, education, skills and a lot more. On the other hand, you can use WPJobus as a website template for company profile website.

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JobEngine

JobEngine

JobEngine is a clean, modern and highly customizable WordPress theme that combines powerful tools with a simple user experience. This theme packs s simple job management tools that allow to sort listings based on location, job type, category and other parameters. JobEngine is optimized for dozens of payment options and currencies to bring your listing website globally. The theme has plenty of other cool features that I haven’t seen on other themes and it is worth to see their demo to understand how well crafted it is.

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Jobify

jobify  WordPress theme

Jobify is a clean, modern flat design inspired WordPress theme designed for job boards. It features famous 5 minute install to get your site up and running in no time. It is fully customizable theme with unlimited color and font variations and plenty of other options to tweak your website. This is my favorite theme on this list and its incredible popularity shows that thousands of users agrees with me.

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JobRoller

JobRoller

JobRoller is clean, elegant and sharp job board WordPress theme with feature-rich theme options and simple yet modern design. It is well crafted theme designed for job seekers and recruiters. Developers have done an incredible job to make this theme easy to setup and use thanks to one click installation and detailed documentation. This theme is well crafted for developers looking to expand functionality using WordPress Child Themes. JobRoller is an all around solution for jobs listing websites.

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Jobera

Jobera - Job Portal Theme

Jobera is a powerful, feature-rich theme that lets you customize a wide variety of features from the comfort of your WordPress Dashboard. This theme is great for recruitment companies, job boards and any medium to large size company that usually have multiple open job listings. Jober works great as job board and resume database with frontend submission and editing. This theme integrates WP Job Manager which is among the best solutions to create job board using WordPress. Personally I love this theme and I recently created a job board and resume for recruitment agency and their business took off immediately thanks to clean design, simple interface and social network integration.

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HireBee

hirebee freelancer theme

HireBee is a unique crowdsourcing marketplace job board premium theme that can help you create your very own job board or freelancer business website. This theme provides an incredible template with bidding system where you can post projects to have companies and freelancers bid on them. This theme is very easy to install and customize. With this Job Board theme, you are able to change the look of your site, integrate your social media accounts, organize projects, manage notifications and many more. This theme is loaded with useful features such as user profile, project filters, child theme support, PayPal gateway, term negotiations, easy to file uploads and pricing plans.

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Suburbs

Suburbs - recruitment agency theme

Suburbs is a responsive multi-purpose theme suitable for any business, agency, portfolio and blog websites. It is well suited for recruitment agency or company with several open positions. Suburbs is easy to customize through its amazing visual “Page Builder”: with this drag-and-drop feature you can structure the content on your pages without ever having to touch a line of code. Suburbs is not a dedicated job board theme but it gets the job done if you need theme which is great as business, portfolio and blog as well as job board. This theme has everything you will ever need for your recruitment agency.

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Nine to Five

Nine to Five WordPress theme

Nine to Five is a clean, simple and powerful job listing theme that features over 50 customization options that allows you to create the job board website you have always wanted. The best thing is that you don’t need to learn new platform since it is based on pure WordPress. It is highly customizable theme and can be tweaked to support any currency, any payment options and much more. Additionally this theme has Google Maps integration, advanced sorting options, SEO and translation ready layout. This is the cleanest yet one of the most powerful job board theme.

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Pricerr Theme

pricerr

Pricerr WordPress theme is designed for microjob sites. The idea for this theme is borrowed from the widely popular Fiverr microjob website. It’s bacterially a Fiver clone built on top of WordPress for simplified user experience. Pricerr has everything you can expect from this kind of website like payment gateway, translation and SEO optimized structure and email templates and management. This theme can be tweaked for regular job listing sites but its main place is microjob listings or Fiverr clone

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Job Board Theme by PremiumPress

Job Board WordPress Template

Job Board Theme is minimal and classic WordPress theme designed as job board. It has simple and easy to use interface and powerful theme options to tweak functionality. This theme is regularly updated and offers free updates and support for unlimited period of time.

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Job Board

Job Board

Job Board is a modern, clean and sharp WordPress theme designed and developed by Templatic. It has everything you expect in a fully functional job board like front-end submissions, automated payments, various page and email templates, Google Maps integration and dozens of other useful features. Additionally it has integration coupon system for special promotions and all these previously mentioned features can be changed via simple yet powerful theme options.

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JobPress PRO

JobPress PRO

JobPress PRO theme packs dozens of features to make your own custom and professional job listing website. It is fully responsive and looks awesome on any device including tablets and smartphones. This theme has a built in payment gateway for easier transactions and advanced sorting algorithm for easier browsing through listings.

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JobJockey

JobJocke

JobJockey is an elegant, clean and sharp theme designed to create your own professional job board portal in minutes. It provides front-end listing submission, automated payment options and custom built search algorithm. JobJockey comes with a clean and easy to use theme options that allow to control every aspect of this theme.

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JobsHub

JobsHub theme

JobsHub is a clean, modern and responsive theme to turn WordPRess into a professional job listing site. This theme has a front-end resume and job listing submission system to grown your online business. This theme can be configured to use various payment options such as PayPal, Bank Transfer and Credit Card Payments. Every aspect of this theme can be customized via simple yet powerful web admin panel.

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WPJobBoard

WPJobBoard

WPJobBoard is a powerful and easy to use job board software designed to be compatible with most WordPress themes. This theme comes with default theme which already look stunning, however, you can modify it or use it with any other theme. It is highly customizable platform with various payment and listing options. WPJobBoard does everything what other themes does and much more.

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Project Theme

Project WordPress Theme

Project Bidding Theme is yet another clone by Sitemile and this time they have done an incredible job to clone Freelancer.com. It is job listing portal designed for freelancers. It can be customized to be used for various different purposes but the main thing is to add job listings, so freelancers can apply. Thanks to massive Freelancer.com popularity this is not the only clone out there but one of the best one I have seen.

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Jobsapp

Jobsapp

Jobapps is an elegant clean and professional job board built using grid system to make it fully responsive. This theme is suited for HR professionals, recruitment agencies, companies and niches’ hunters. This theme packs several features that we haven’t seen on other this kind of themes like featured slider, advertising modules and various home page layouts. Jobapps is optimized to be used with JobRoller which we mentioned earlier.

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Babysitter

babysitter theme

Babysitter is a clean, modern and fully responsive WordPress theme designed to create professional babysitter portal. It features fully functional and highly customizable job portal. This theme packs loads of features like unlimited color variations, shortcodes, demo content and outstanding support. This theme can be tweaked to be used for general job listing websites thanks to powerful theme options.

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This Post Has 67 Comments

    1. Aigars

      I haven’t tested all of these themes but my favorite theme on this list is Jobify because its design really stands out among other similar themes. It can be used as front-end submission theme as well as you can use it internally for your company. This theme has become standard in this niche and you can’t go wrong by choosing this theme.

      Themes are based on similar Job board platforms, so they are not that different from one and you won’t regret choosing any of them.

  1. Gary James

    Thanks for the post Aigar – some good choices. I was not even aware wordpress had employment agency themes and I use wordpress almost exclusively. I am doing a project for a staffing agency and they get job searches filtered to their local office from their home website and they want to have their own website for local searches. I like jobify from what I have seen, but I am not sure they would need functionality to add jobs from their website, but from the back end. Do you know if jobs can be posted through the dashboard and is the “Add Job” function something that can be hidden from the front page?

  2. Aigars

    Gary,

    Yes, you can use jobify theme only with backend submission. Just don’t create submission form for users because it is entirely optional to have it and you can live without it. You can always decide to open front end submission if/when your client decided to do so.

    Jobify is a great theme and your client will definitely love it!

  3. Francesco

    Thanks Aigars very well done.
    Please do you know if with any of these themes it is possible to limit the access to the CVs?
    I’m quite sure that in Europe you cannot show a CV on a public portal even with the authorisation; so I’m looking for a theme that permits to have a controlled access to the CVs (user/pswd)
    Thanks, Francesco

    1. Aigars

      Francesco,

      Yes, it is possible to create CV database and limit access for public and create different permission levels for different users. In this collection there are two themes that does support this kind of functionality and those are Jobera and Jobify

      Unfortunately, this functionality is not there by default (themes are optmized to work without custom implementations once plugins is activated) and you will need to purchase additional add-on called Resume Manager. Which is add-on for WP Job Manager which is a free plugin and powers most of these themes. It is an amazing plugin and I highly recommend it.

      Let me know if you have any other questions related to WP Job Manager or Job board themes in general.

  4. Dan Walter

    Nice work Aigars. Much appreciated. Do any of these sites have the capability for anonymous reviews such as used on Glassdoor? Company reviews is what I’m most interested in… glassdoor.com

    1. Aigars

      Unfortunately, none of these themes has this functionality by default. The closest one is Pricerr which is more like Fiverr clone than a real job board.

      Personally, I would go with Jobera or Jobify and would hire some freelancer to integrate some review system which would be Schema compatible. Schema means that would see those star rating directly in Google search result pages.

    1. Aigars

      Nicole,

      We are not behind this theme, so you should get in touch with its developer directly. Or if they don’t have any additional setup service you might look into freelancer.com or oDesk to find the right person that will do the job for you.

  5. mark

    Hi!
    I have an existing site and want to start a job board..cant decide between
    Jobera or jobify…but would rather integrate wpjobboard if its better…what is the most customizable choice. Jobify is fine but why does it work without the resume plugins?
    Is wpjobboard totally customizable for resume part and job posting part?
    Sorry i just want to pick most flexible and scalable one..pay for it..and get started.

    1. Aigars

      Mark

      Both, Jobera or Jobify, are almost the same functionality-wise and both depends on WP Job Manager which means that all the functionality around resumes are job listings are there. WP Job Manager is currently the best WordPress based solution for job listings, resumes and everything around them.

      Both themes will get the same job done and it depends which theme design you prefer.

      1. mark

        Thanks Aigars!! I’ve read a lot about Jobroller and am starting to find it appealing, but it seems that WP Job Manager is beginning to be the go to plugin with it’s paid add ons. Plus I’ve been chatting with Mike Jolley, and he’s very responsive, so I”m on the fence as to JOBIFY or JOBROLLER. I’m leaning towards jobify because Mike seems very very supportive.

  6. Abby

    Are there any themes out there that offer a Workroom. I am interested in creating a site that allows users to use the site as a portal where they can exchange emails, files, etc and then get paid for jobs through it. Think Elance. Any WP Elance themes out there?

  7. vg19mold

    There is a new job board theme on Theme Forest called WPJobus. I would really like to know what is your opinion about it in comments section or maybe if you add it to this article.

  8. danhoat

    Hi Aigars,

    Thank for the article.
    I’m WordPress developer, Jobengine is my choice for my client. The design is simple, and support are awesome.
    I have not yet use Jobify so don’t have comment about it but I am impressed with its design.
    Thank again.

  9. Aigars

    Danhoat,

    JobEngine has this timeless design which never gets old and this is very important when building websites to last. Jobify, on the other hand, has modern flat design with large and clean graphics. This design trend might be here to stay but we can’t be sure about that. Also EngineThemes is specialized in creating directory style WordPress themes and I would trust them more when it comes to well written code. I am not saying that Astoundify is writing a bad code but EngineThemes have proven track records in this field and I would trust them more.

    I can recommend both of these themes to anyone looking to build job board, website for recruitment agency or both.

  10. Sterling

    Hi Aigars – I am trying to replicate Craigslist as best as I can for a local niche industry offering. I am interested in which job board you would recommend that would replicate Craigslist’s functionality the best. I am very much interested in the email relay function. Please help. Thanks!

    1. Aigars

      Sterling,

      I would choose JobEngine for this purpose. It is a bit more advanced than Craigslist but not too complex to confuse your visitors either.

      None of the themes has built in email relay functionality and emails are handled by WordPress just like with any other regular template. However, this is not a problem and you can always use mandrillapp.com in combination with https://wordpress.org/plugins/wpmandrill/ which would provide advanced email handling with outstanding delivery rates.

  11. Steve

    Can you address the issue of populating the board from indeed, monster, careerbuilder, etc? I produce niche directories and would like to populate the job boards with specific jobs and allow job listing submissions in the niche site.

    1. Aigars

      Steve,

      Job board themes are not meant to do this automatically. But there are several awesome plugins that could help you with this. My favorite is WP Robot which was originally built to create spammy autoblogs and that’s how most people actually use it. However, it has option to republish content from other websites by taking their RSS feed. Monster, Indeed and Careerbuilder does provide RSS feeds that are well categorized, so you can use them to republish them on your website. Make sure that it is not against their TOS as you are actually stealing their content are redistributing and most website owners are not going to be OK with that.

  12. Aigars

    Phill,

    Unfortunately, there is no such theme that I am aware of and I have seen almost all available themes. However, this could be done by combining several plugin functionality. Some plugin such as “Ultimate WordPress Auction Plugin” could take care of bidding while s2member could take care of user management. This is just an idea and maybe you can come up with something else. It really depends how you want everything to function together.

  13. John R

    Aigar,

    I’m looking to create a non-profit college career site that has the following functionality
    – Students create a private profile providing their backgrounds (school, grades, etc) and resume
    – Employers will post jobs but have the potential to screen for certain candidates based on college and GPA

    Which theme is best for creating a members-only site that is flexible in terms of profile development for students and allows employers to do targeted candidate searches based on customized criteria?

    Thank you

    1. Aigars

      John,

      Thank you for your comment!

      JobEngine and Jobify are the right themes to create user profiles/resumes and make them searchable for registered users only. You can also leave some basic information about candidates public and make employers to request more details if interested. Or even make this option available only for paid subscribers. These themes are really flexible and should get the job done for you.

  14. eveandadam

    Thank you for this article. I am looking for a theme that will enable me to add a paid membership option for job seekers to be able to view the complete job listing. I like the look of WP Job Board plugin but as far as I can tell the membership options are only for employers to list jobs, not for job seekers to view them.

    Something similar to this website: fruitpickingjobs.com.au (not my site).

    Are you aware if any of these themes will enable me to do this? I need the easiest option available :-)

    Thanks!

    1. Aigars

      I have never tried to use this plugin that way but if it is not possible with this plugin you can always combine it with something that allows you to set “restriction” on any post, page or any other item on your website. I am talking about Restrict Content PRO: https://pippinsplugins.com/restrict-content-pro-premium-content-plugin/

      This will work with any of above listed themes even ones that doesn’t use WP Job Board plugin for job listing management.

      1. Sterling

        Hi again Aigars – What about ClassiPress from AppThemes for a solid template that is closest to Craigslist? I’m having issues trying to find a template that best mirrors CL or Indeed. My vision requires a similar look/feel. I’ve tried Templatic and EmployeePress, but they just don’t have this look. Also, do you know of any companies that may have already developed a “Craiglist” product from one of the templates?

  15. Alex

    Absolutely love this post. Wondering if you could suggest the best job search site similar to the layout of care[dot]com. My bottom line is to have options for premium (paid) users and basic users. Also, would like job seekers to post as well as employers to post. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Candace

    1. Aigars

      Alexa,

      Any theme that integrates WP Job Manager can be configured to work it in similar manner like care.com. If you find that this plugin is not the right one, you can always combine theme with Restrict Content Pro plugin which will help to create paid subscription based website where you will be able to control what is displayed for paid and what for free members.

      The main message here is not to concentrate on a single theme with all the functionality but instead look for theme that you like the best and then expand functionality by using plugins.

        1. Aigars

          Choosing themes with WP Job Manager is always a better solution because it will be updated more often and will be maintained for a longer period of time. Therefore you won’t need to invest more money in new themes.

          Restrict Content Pro will work with any theme as it integrates with WordPress itself and not theme, so you will be able to switch from one theme to another if needed and your restricted content will be still here, however, some themes might lock you in, that’s why plugin solution such as WP Job Manager is a better alternative.

    1. Aigars

      Martha,

      Any of themes listed above can be used to backfill information such as job ads, company profiles and other information. Front-end submission comes as bonus if you really want to use it as subscription based job board when companies are allowed to post their job ads.

      Even when front-end submission is enabled for these themes you still have administrator right to change everything and publish job ads on behalf of any company or create a new one. You are in charge here.

  16. Giannis

    I’m trying to find a job portal that will have the functionality for a registered user to be able to see from his dashboard, while entering one of his vacancies which people have already applied for it…

    1. Aigars

      Giannis,

      Jobify theme is the right choice for you. It is fully integrated with WP Job Manager plugin and all its add-ons. This plugin alone is an incredible piece of software and in combination with Jobify it is limitless. It is worth to mention that Astoundify (developers behind Jobify theme) are active add-on developer for Wp Job Manager plugin that expands this plugin’s functionality even further.

  17. Chris

    Hi, very useful insight.
    I’m looking to create a simple ‘Recruitment website’ with basic ‘apply now’ (no candidate account creation required), no employer account creation. Just a simply recruitment, company promoting their vacancies.
    I also need to be able to modify the look and feel and add corporate branding, Im also a complete WP novice but will have to take this on board, which theme would you recommend ?

    1. Aigars

      Chris,

      I would personally recommend you to look into Suburbs which is a corporate theme with built-in job board functionality to post your own vacancies. It is a clean and modern theme and would be a great fit for recruitment company.

      Also I would suggest to look at JobEngine and Jobify themes. While they are created as job board it doesn’t meant that you have to use all of its functionalities. Frontend vacancy submission can be disabled (actually it is disabled by default), so it can be used for a regular website while keeping vacancies in place as you will be the only one who will have rights to post them on website.

  18. Alex

    Hi Aigars!

    Just about to purchase a job theme (jobify, job engine or babysitter) but still need some clarification on the following:

    – is it necessary to purchase the core bundle package add-ons with wp job manager (features – applications, apply with linkedin, bookmarks, resume manager, wc paid listings, job alerts, indeed integration, simple paid listings, job tags)? OR

    – in addition to one of above themes and wp job manager, is it suffice to just get the add-ons: resume manager (manage cv), restrict content pro (manage subscriptions/ fees), apply with linkedin (option for applicants) and indeed integration?

    My bottom line is to not pay more than $250 for the theme and add-ons. In addition to the job theme (TBA) AND wp job manager, should I get core bundle add-on pack (listed above) or just the 4 add-ons – resume manager, restrict content pro, indeed integration and apply with linked in?

    Any additional assistance greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Alex

    1. Aigars

      Alex,

      Sorry for late response.

      Personally I would choose theme + WP Job Manager + Core Add-ons since it is all meant to work together by default. Of course you can combine WP Job Manager + Restrict Content Pro but it will not be as well integrated with the entire system.

      Both plugins are developed by different developers and you can’t predict where they are going with their products in a long term. They are going to work now but I suppose you are not creating a website that will be live for few months but rather years and plugins that are meant to work together are going to be a better option in a long run.

      1. Alex

        Hi Aigars,

        Thanks for the response. I guess I was (am) a bit confused as to when to buy which package. If I buy the theme +core-add-ons + wp job manager it is the same as buying theme + resume manager + restrict content pro + wp job manager? My bottom line (in addition to esthetics) is to ensure resume uploads, control subscription fees and of course haves feeds (if possible) from indeed, etc.

        Thanks in advance,

        1. Aigars

          Alex,

          Restrict content is not part of WP Job Manager and it can be used for making restricted (paid) access to all kind of content on your website. It doesn’t matter if it is blog posts, job ads, resumes, form or anything else. While it will work with WP Job Manager you will have to spend time integrating it and tweaking. No coding will be required but you will have to find the right option in the right place and make sure to use the right value. WP Job Manager + Core Add-ons, on the other hand, will work well together and there won’t be required any tweaking, so it is much simpler approach but slightly more expensive one.

          Choosing Restrict Content Pro would be a good idea if you have different websites where you need paid subscriptions such as forums and other membership sites. So you would get one universal tool that you could use on different websites. But if this is not the case I would go with theme + WP Job Manager + Core Add-on bundle.

          1. Alex

            Thank you Aigars.

            Wasn’t too sure if they would be the same, but given your response (and my need to have resume control and paid subscriptions), WP Job Manager and Core Add-ons should more than suffice. One more thing, do you know if Jobify allows for a reference section and police check (i.e. applicants working with vulnerable populations) ?

            Thanks again for all your help,
            Alex

  19. Aigars

    Alex,

    You can add custom fields on resumes where candidates could add their references or any other information. But there is no built in tool to help you with reference and background check of any kind. This information should come from some third party database depending on country.

  20. Chris Bourne

    Ok, thanks for your previous advice

    Im wanting to create a ‘Recruitment Website’ rather than a Job Board as I mentioned before, a Local recruitment agency posting job vacancy they receive from clients, with a quick application process, >>> apply, enter basic details, email, attach cover letter, cv etc. With job search by keyword, location etc, possible with a range, eg with 20miles of a specific postcode / zipcode.

    My question is this:
    1) My Client wants specific bespoke design, could / should I use something like the ‘Total Theme on theme forest or RTH-Theme18′ which seems to allow for easy design creation? (RT Theme allows for you to create bespoke templates, … not sure about the Total theme at the moment)

    (Hope its ok to put links on here to help provide information)

    http://themeforest.net/item/total-responsive-multipurpose-wordpress-theme/6339019?ref=cirvitis

    http://themeforest.net/item/rttheme-18-responsive-wordpress-theme/7200532?ref=cirvitis

    2)Choosing Appropriate and well documented ‘plugins. I think the two that seem most popular are WP JOB Manager, which is initial free, but may require some additional paid plug ins.

    or

    WP Job Board

    I am new new WP and would appreciate any comments

    Does anyone have any comments on these requirements / approach / themes / themes with these plugin ?

    Any assistance much appreciated.

    Chris

    1. Aigars

      Chris,

      Thank you for your comment!

      1. Both your themes would get the job done as they both come with several different designed options that you can use. Also both themes comes with Visual Page builder to create custom layout and add different elements on any of pages.
      Since you are looking for Multipurpose/Business themes you might want to have a look at this collection as well.

      2. Personally I like WP Job Manager better than WP Job Board. And from your above mentioned requirements it i very likely that you won’t need any premium Add-ons unless you want something more advanced such as Resume Manager, Option to apply with Linkedin and other. Here you can see this plugin in action

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Btw, I used to work for international recruitment company for 5 years but they never allowed me to develop a website and my suggestion to use WordPress was also ignored. Now they have custom built solution in which they invested tens of thousands but it sucks :)

      1. Chris Bourne

        Another issue, ….about development of a website and then exporting to the customers own server.

        At this stage I have to develop the website either locally or under a development ‘a.n.other’ domain name.

        Can you offer any advice, I thought about having a separate domain purely for development.
        GoDaddy offer a quick setup which would seem to allow me to setup in 5 mins, no complicated process.
        Once complete I can then export the site using one of the available plugins ?

        Are you able to advise on this?

        Thanks in advance

        1. Aigars

          Chris,

          Personally I develop only locally because you can edit the entire theme folder all at once in text editor and don’t need to access your website from file to file bases via FTP.

          However, if you will need to change only content, theme settings, add elements via page builder and other changes that are purely done via WordPress dashboard then I would use plugin to put your website in maintenance mode and and work on your site there. Only registered users (Administrator) will be able to see your website but other will see “coming soon” or “under construction” message.

          Separate domain is totally not worth it as you can install multiple WordPress installations on the same domain just like we have with Colorlib for each theme demo. So it would look something like example.com/work-in-progress but example.com would should old website or whatever you have there.

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