WP Job Manager Forked to Create Listings, A Generic Plugin with Niche Extensions

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Listings is a new plugin that is aiming to be the “One Listings Plugin to Rule Them All.” The Look and Feel, a team led by Scott Basgaard and Coen Jacobs, created Listings to provide a generic platform that will support niche extensions for things like a job board, real estate, cars, and kittens.

“We like to think about Listings as being a platform, where you can install just the functionality that you need,” Coen Jacobs said in a post explaining the technical backstory of the plugin. “Having this shared platform via the core plugin gives us a unique opportunity to make our add-ons compatible across the platform.”

Since the WordPress community has already created a host of solutions for managing listings, the fastest way for Basgaard and Jacobs get this concept off the ground would be to leverage an existing project. They found Mike Jolley’s open source WP Job Manager to be decent fit.

“After the WooThemes acquisition by Automattic, we saw a decline in activity in the WP Job Manager GitHub repository,” Jacobs said. “We thought that was a shame, as we really liked the plugin.

“Since the jobs niche would be the first one for us to release a Listings extension for, we started exploring the possibility of forking WP Job Manager into two separate plugins – one generic core and one jobs specific extension.”

Separating specific use cases into add-ons, instead of packing loads of settings into the base Listings plugin, ensures that the core is easy to configure.

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The Look and Feel plans to make the niche extensions available for free, starting with the Jobs extension released at the end of July. They are also seeking to collaborate with theme developers to design themes for the project.

The Look and Feel is currently working on creating commercial add-ons for things like a payments add-on for selling posts on a job board. You can keep track of their progress by following the Listing’s development website. The platform is not yet ready for users who want a full-featured job board that they can monetize, but the bare bones are in place and available on WordPress.org.

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  1. Wow! I think I am going WordPress senile. I could have sworn there was already a plugin of the same name in the repository and for some years. Just checked and didn’t see one. :)

    Think it must be time for a beer.

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    1. To be completely honest, we were surprised it was still available as well. :)

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    2. There was something called “WP Listings” which was renamed to IMPress Listings:

      https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-listings/

      Our plugin is called Listings but we unfortunately (without all the money in the world) couldn’t get this domain.

      So we are using http://wplistings.com/ and WPListings on Twitter / elsewhere so that it’s in a bit better context :)

      Beers are on me!

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      1. Hi Scott and Coen! These are some amazing news. You should partner with some theme developers, like Astoundify. They have built pretty successful and useful themes based on wp job manager. Is WP Listings compatible with their theme like Listify or Jobify? I mean can I replace “wp job manager” with your “wp listings” if I’m using their themes?

        Thanks!

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      2. I think It won’t be very much difficult for Astoundify to build it.
        Currently Plugins are not compatible with Listify/Jobify as the themes work only if WPJM is installed.

        Thanks

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      3. Thanks for the suggestion. We’ve tried to start this project with Astoundify actually. Allow me to quote Brian Krogsgard in a recent Post Status newsletter:

        So Scott and Coen actually talked to Adam Pickering of Astoundify to discuss the potential fork of WP Job Manager. The two parties were, however, unable to agree on what the direction of the product should be, and who should have final say on branding and decisions, so The Look And Feel decided to move forward alone.

        We don’t know what the future brings, but we still really want to work together with a quality themes shop to offer Listings themes. We’re currently talking with a couple vendors to explore what our options are.

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  2. I’ll wait for the stable release. One feature that I would like to see is to archive/delete expired job listings.

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