WP Broadbean vs WP Job Manager Broadbean Add-on, which is the best plugin for you?

Highrise Digital are experienced in integrating Broadbean and LogicMelon with WordPress. We offer 2 solutions and in this post we are going to look at the differences between each.

We have integrated many sites with both Broadbean and LogicMelon here at Highrise Digital. For those not aware, these are multi-job posting services which allow users to write a job in one place and then send this out to multiple channels (think popular job boards such as Indeed and Monster jobs). Our integrations enable one of these channels to be your WordPress website. In addition to that, these services allow applications made via any of the channels to be centrally managed. The benefit is that jobs can be published and candidates managed across multiple channels in one place.

Broadbean and LogicMelon integrations with WordPress

Although we have created a number of bespoke offerings for clients, we have 2 popular plugins that customers can use to integrate these services with their WordPress website. One is open source and the other is an add-on plugin for the popular WP Job Manager plugin. Both work slightly differently and depending on your needs will depend on which is best for you. Lets take a look at each now outlining the features, advantages and disadvantages of each.

The WP Broadbean plugin settings page where the plugin is setup for use.

WP Broadbean WordPress Plugin

Although named WP Broadbean this plugin also works with other job posting systems, most notably LogicMelon. The plugin provides simple job board functionality to your WordPress site including:

  • Creates a content type (called a post type in WordPress) for jobs. This separates out jobs on your site from other content such as posts and pages
  • Creates meta fields for each job such as job reference, salary and other related job information
  • Create custom groupings or categories (called taxonomies in WordPress) for grouping jobs together by industry, location, skill and job type. Each grouping gets its own listing page, listing jobs from that group e.g. all jobs in a specific location.
  • Creates an endpoint for the job posting service (Broadbean or LogicMelon for example) to send XML data to about a job
  • Supports the add, edit and delete methods which means that jobs can be added, edited or deleted all from the job post service rather than the WordPress admin.

Advantages of the WP Broadbean plugin

  • Built specifically to receive jobs from job posting services (Broadbean and LogicMelon), it is optimised built for that purpose
  • Doesn’t require an external job board plugin to power the jobs, meaning it is leaner and less code involved
  • Developers can customise all aspects of the plugin to meet their needs, using WordPress’ extensible features (actions and filters)
  • Not tied down to using a third party plugin alongside this one
  • Has a search plugin as an add-on that can add the functionality of job search

Disadvantages of the WP Broadbean plugin

  • Only provides a basic job board for your site
  • Cannot take advantage of lots of other add-ons, such as those available for the WP Job Manager plugin.
  • Less functionality out of the box
  • More developer focussed – to make customisations needs a developer rather than changing some settings

When to use the WP Broadbean plugin

This plugin is best to choose when you only need a simple job board to start off with. It is also a good choice if you have a developer that can set this up for you and also make any customisations that you require.

WP Job Manager Broadbean add-on WordPress plugin

Again this plugin, because of its history, although named Broadbean it works equally well with other job posting services, most notably LogicMelon. It works alongside the WP Job Manager plugin and does the following:

  • Creates an endpoint for the job posting service (Broadbean or LogicMelon for example) to send XML date to about a job.
  • Converts data sent to that endpoint into a WP Job Manager job post
  • Adds additional meta fields to each job, required by job posting services e.g. job reference, which is a unique identifier for each job
  • Supports the add, edit and delete methods which means that jobs can be added, edited or deleted all from the job post service rather than the WordPress admin.

Advantages of the WP Job Manager Broadbean Add-on

  • Powered by one of the most popular WordPress job manager plugins – the WP Job Manager which has over 100,000 active installations
  • Means you can take advantage of other WP Job Manager add-ons. The plugin particularly works well with the applications add-on to allow candidates to apply on your WordPress site through a simple form
  • Integrates out-of-the-box with your WordPress theme as the WP Job Manager plugin handles all the displaying of jobs
  • Expires jobs automatically on a given job expiry date
  • Includes a basic job search

Disadvantages of the WP Job Manager Broadbean Add-on

  • You are tied to the core functionality of the WP Job Manager plugin, making changes a little more tricky
  • The (WP Job Manager) plugin will load a lot of the features that you may not need
  • Harder to customise the markup and layout of the jobs pages e.g. listing page
  • It is a licensed, paid-for product

When to use the WP Job Manager Broadbean add-on

The plugin is ideal for non-developers as it uses the functionality of the main WP Job Manager plugin. Therefore if you are looking for a good out-of-the-box solution where you may want to make minor changes this is the best solution. It also makes sense if you think you will need functionality provided by the many add-ons for the WP Job Manager plugin.

Purchase the WP Job Manager Broadbean Add-on for WordPress

The WP Job Manager Broadbean add-on plugin is a licensed product where all licenses last for 12 months. This gives you access to plugin updates and support. All prices are excluding VAT.

£250

Single site license

For support and automatic upgrades to the plugin on a single WordPress installation.

  • Automatic upgrades for new releases
  • Access to our support for troubleshooting issues and getting setup
  • Installation on a single WordPress install

£550

Multi-site License

For support and automatic upgrades for the plugin on unlimited WordPress installations.

  • Automatic upgrades for new releases
  • Access to our support for troubleshooting issues and getting setup
  • Installation on multiple WordPress installs

Summary

Both plugins offer similar functionality. The WP Broadbean plugin is more developer focused and does require some expertise and development knowledge to setup and customise, however it is very flexible to use in that way. The WP Job Manager add-on is more suited for none developers as it uses the WP Job Manager plugin to handle these things for you.

If you have any questions about either plugin or you would like us to integrate Broadbean or LogicMelon into your WordPress website then why not get in touch today.

About the author

Mark is the lead WordPress developer at Highrise Digital. He has been working with WordPress for over 13 years, way back to 2005. He focuses on back-end development, integrating the website build with WordPress so it can be editable.