Job directory sites are an integral part of modern life. These sites have become the primary sources where people look for new job opportunities. And therefore, developing such a website could be an excellent way to create a profitable business.
While there are several jobs directory themes available for WordPress, only a few offer the complete solution. And MicrojobEngine from EngineThemes is one of them. In today’s post, I will introduce you to this excellent theme and find out what it offers for the users.
MicroJobEngine Theme Review
MicrojobEngine features a simple but effective design. The home page starts with the usual logo and navigation menu. However, the menu here is the various categories of available services. And you will find the messaging icon and a link to post a new job at the top as well.
The next section features a search bar with an extensive background. You can customize the background image from the backend. Then, there are some featured categories displayed in a grid style.
Below, you will find a section dedicated to the latest micro jobs. It is followed by an about section of the website. The footer area of the theme is fully widgetized.
The single job page includes detailed information about the offered service. The two-column layout features service description on the left and seller information on the right side.
Each category page displays all the available services listed within that category. The services could be sorted by the date or rating. From the left menu, you can check out other classes or tags too.
Setting Up MicrojobEngine
To use the MicrojobEngine theme to create a micro job site, you need to follow some necessary steps. The first step is obviously installing and activating the theme. Activating the theme will create some new menu items including Engine Settings, Microjob Orders, Order Deliveries, Messages, Microjobs, Microjob, etc. We will discuss them whenever necessary.
Then, you need to install the import data. The import data is included in the theme package. You can import the data by going to Settings -> Import from your site’s admin section.
The next step is to go to Engine Settings -> Settings and click on the ‘General‘ tab. Here, you can customize the title, description and copyright text for your website.
The ‘Branding‘ tab will allow you to upload a custom logo, favicon and set a default avatar for the users.
Then, move on to setting up the social login options. To enable social login, you have to create a new page with the following shortcode –
Go to the Engine Settings -> Social login page. There, you will find two tabs – social API, general setting. In the general setting tab, provide the link to the page you just created and choose a default role for the users.
For the social API, you have to create custom apps in Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Get the custom API from each of these apps and paste them in their respective fields of ‘Social API‘ tab.
All the content related options are located on the ‘Content‘ tab of the Engine Settings -> Settings page. Here, you can choose to filter bad words, set a replacement for bad words, enable admin reviewing for jobs, set allowed file types, maximum file size, default job price, etc.
In the ‘Search Settings‘ and ‘About Settings‘ sections, you can customize the background image, home page headline, sub-headline and the footer of your site.
It is also possible to custom the email notifications that are sent on different occasions. You will find the options at the ‘Mailing‘ tab of the Engine Settings -> Settings page. The available email templates include the authentications emails, job, payment, order, dispute and withdrawal related notifications.
As new users register in your job site, they will have their profiles. You can manage the profiles by clicking on the ‘Profiles‘ tab on the admin menu. The profiles listing will display the name, author, countries, and languages for each user. The countries and languages could be managed from the relevant submenus of the ‘Profiles‘ page. You can edit, delete or update the existing entries.
Payment Management Options
When users post a new job, they have to choose a payment plan. By default, MicrojobEngine comes with three pricing plans. However, you can create more plans by going to Engine Settings -> Settings and clicking on the ‘Payment‘ tab. You can provide custom SKU, name, price, duration, the number of jobs, short description, etc. for the new plan. Hovering over the existing plans will reveal the edit options for them. It is also possible to mark a plan as featured.
MicrojobEngine allows you to use the local currency on your job site. You can also customize the decimal and thousand separators. And if you want to earn some money from the posted jobs, you can set a percentage of the total job price as your commission.
To manage all the financial transactions, you will need access to a payment gateway. And the theme supports three payment gateways – 2CheckOut, PayPal, and Cash. You are free to enable or disable any of them. The ‘Withdraw‘ tab includes the option to set a minimum amount for the withdrawal.
Job Management Options
When you activated the theme, a new menu item titled ‘Microjobs‘ was created. This option allows you to control all the jobs submitted by your users. You can view a list of the jobs by going to Microjobs -> All Microjobs. The jobs could be sorted by the title, author, category, tags or date. Another way to filter the jobs is by the status – all, mine, pending, published, draft, pending, trash, reject, archive, pause, etc.
You can add a new job by going to the Microjobs -> Add New page. And the regular users can post a new job by clicking on the ‘Post a mjob‘ button located at the front end of your website. There are three steps to posting a new job.
The first requires you to choose a pricing plan. In the second step, you have to provide the job details including title, duration, category, short description, media files, tags, etc.
Finally, the third step requires you to choose a payment method. Once you finish setting up the payment method, the job will be submitted.
Being a fully featured micro job site, MicrojobEngine allows the users to choose the category of their jobs. While the theme comes with some ready-made job categories, you can create more by going to the Microjobs -> Microjob Category page. It is possible to create subcategories as well.
All the orders of your marketplace could be accessed from the Microjob Orders -> All Microjob Orders page. The orders could be sorted by the title, author, and date. You can also filter them by the status. And if you want to add a new order manually, you can do so from the Microjob Orders -> Add New page.
MicrojobEngine Marketplace Options
While MicrojobEngine comes with the solid job and payment management options, you will find all the necessary options for creating a fully functional job marketplace as well. The buyers will be able to search and browse through the available sellers.
Each seller will have a dedicated portfolio page. After completing each order, the buyer will provide the seller with a review and rating. Customers can check out these before hiring a service provider.
When it comes to the sellers, they can create detailed service pages with description and media files. The review, rating and sales figures will be displayed on the page. They will also have dedicated profile page with selected services.
As the theme comes with a powerful messaging system built-in, the buyers and sellers can communicate before or during the work process. It is also possible to send and receive file attachments through the messaging system. And if a buyer wants additional services, the seller can quickly add the services with only a few clicks.
As all the financial transactions will take place inside the marketplace, both the buyers and sellers can rest assured that the transactions are safe and secure. Buyers and the admins can track the order status at any point in the process.
The whole user experience of the theme is targeted at increasing conversions. The simple, hassle-free process will encourage both the buyers and sellers to use the service of your marketplace. Each user will have a separate dashboard with the overview of their activities, services, and orders.
In the case of any arguments between the buyer and the seller, the integrated dispute management system will come in very handy. In those cases, the admin retains the power to release or reverse the payment.
Besides the job, payment and marketplace related options mentioned above, MicrojobEngine also comes with several other options that will be useful for creating your website. The package includes detailed documentation of various features of the theme.
As it also comes with the original PSD files, you can quickly make any design changes you want. The built-in child theme will be useful for customizing the theme without making any changes to the original codes. And for the localization purpose, the theme could be translated into any supported language.
Job directory sites offer a unique way of serving your visitors, creating a strong brand and make some extra money at the same time. MicrojobEngine comes with all the necessary options for creating fully functional micro job directory websites.
So, what do you think about MicrojobEngine? Which features of the theme look most impressive to you? Let me know in the comments.