Of course, you can use WordPress to create an entire interactive directory. The only thing in your way is the lack of a suitable theme.
By now, you should know that your WordPress website is only as good as the theme and plugins on it. Fortunately, there are countless WordPress themes created specifically for job boards and listings: perfect for your purpose.
These themes come prepackaged with all the custom widgets and functionalities that allow you to build a sizable community of users. The website will then function as the intermediary to send and receive ‘vacancies’ listings and candidate applications; complete with user profiles and more.
Given below is a list of 10 superb premium WordPress themes for creating your very own job board; cherry-picked from themeforest.net for awesome designs and good code.
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Buyer Rating: 4.3/5 stars
Price: $59 for theme, $19/month for Theme + Managed WP Hosting on Amazon AWS
Jobify, with its high-end features and multiple job listing plugins’ support, is one of the best selling, top rated WordPress themes in this niche on Envato Market.
The theme integrates wonderfully with WP Job Manager, Resume Manager, WooCommerce Paid Listings, WooThemes Testimonials, Ninja Forms, Gravity Forms, and Slider Revolution plugins.
Jobify has a polished, retina-ready front-end interface that’s highly customizable thanks to multiple page templates, custom shortcodes, lovely typography, and more. The theme supports Jetpack and Contact Form 7, and packs translation files for a localization-ready website.
With included demo-content, hundreds of custom theme tutorials, and interactive walkthroughs, the theme sets up like a charm.
Buyer Rating: 4.8/5 stars
While not strictly for job boards, Listable is a powerful directory theme well worth its cost.
The theme has a superb card-style front-end design, integrates perfectly with multiple plugins (including WooCommerce – especially the Paid Subscriptions and Paid Listings extensions), stunning style presets and a whole arsenal of fonts and colors for you to choose from, widgetized front-page, drag-and-drop page builder included, and more.
Listable is extensible, and the theme itself is every UX-designer’s dream (with amazing performance scores). However, it doesn’t come pre-packaged with any of the plugins mentioned. It lists the recommended free and premium plugins on theme page, but they’re not bundled with the theme. Keep that in mind before buying it.
Buyer Rating: 5/5 stars (based on <10 votes)
JobCareer is the cool new kid on block (compared to the rest of the themes).
This agile and extremely efficient theme is armed to the teeth with every bit of customized functionality you could want for your job directory website, cleanly divided into job seeker and employer tools. Resume posting, front-end ‘vacancy’ submission, online resume builder and advanced search (for resumes and jobs alike) with Geolocation enabled, application deadlines, profiles, a robust social login feature, and so much more…
With a drag-and-drop page builder complete with hundreds of fonts (Google Fonts API), shortcodes, multiple archive and special templates, and various other design options, JobCareer has an illustrious career ahead of it.
Buyer Rating: 4.7/5 stars
JobMonster theme has job listing functionality hardcoded into it. This means you don’t have to rely on any plugin to make your website’s front-end ready to accept and publish free/paid job listings.
The theme is a complete package in terms of design as well as efficiency: it has two beautifully crafted home page variations (search box or Map), messaging, advanced super-sleek filters, an easy-to-use admin review panel, and great dashboards for employers and applicants alike – and all of this is accomplished without need for external plugins.
It also has all the design configuration options you would expect in a premium theme, right down to page builders, fonts, retina-ready display, and localization-ready translation files.
Buyer Rating: 4.1/5 stars
What Jobera lacks in trendy design, it more than makes up for it in clean-cut code and great functionalities.
The theme is compatible with typical plugins you would need in a job board (Job Manager, Resume Manager, Paid Listings, etc…) along with additional tools like Easy social Share Buttons, Ninja Forma, Job Alerts, Apply with LinkedIn, and more. It also integrates easily with Google Analytics.
The theme has an easily configurable design thanks to drag and drop Visual Composer page builder, hundreds of fonts, shortcodes, custom widgets, et al.
Buyer Rating: 4.2/5 stars
9-to-5 is mobile ready as they come, but that’s not all.
The theme has the usual custom post, page templates along with various widgets and plugins to handle all your job board needs along with AJAX powered live filters, auto-complete enabled search features, widgetized sidebars, and hundreds of design options with fonts, shortcodes, ‘light’ and ‘dark’ skins, and included child theme.
It’s also easy to set up and use, thanks to simple, familiar installation and demo content import.
Buyer Rating: 4.25/5 stars
JobBoard is elegant, lightweight, and truly professional.
The theme comes bundled with superb functionalities: user registration, job posting, resume packages, advanced search, comprehensive bookmarks (complete with a manager) and more, and packs a slider plugin.
There are custom shortcodes, beautifully CSS animated buttons, responsive mega menu, built in contacts forms and Google Maps, custom widgets, a dozen templates, advanced theme configurations, and more. It even packs 2 different child themes.
Buyer Rating: 3.6/5 stars
WPJobus is lightweight but sturdy and feature packed.
The 3-in-1 directory theme packs job board, resume posting, and company profile features without resorting to external plugins, i.e., hardcoded in the theme itself. Layered upon it are amazing features like Google Maps, multifaceted Ajax search with filters (for all 3 features), testimonials, front-end user registration complete with profiles and data/media uploads, static custom page templates (for non-changing pages like About Us, Contact, How it Works, 404 error, etc.), and more.
The theme is beautifully responsive and retina-ready with lovely preloading animation and parallax effects, slider plugins, and flat design, enough design customization features to keep an aesthetic control freak happy – hundreds upon hundreds of custom fields, Google Fonts, Retina-ready icons, shortcodes, unlimited color schemes, and more.
WPJobus is Stripe-ready (for hassle-free monetization of your portal) and supports easy translation (via WPML or other plugins).
It thinks of everything.
Buyer Rating: 4.8/5 stars
You need the amazing, free WP Job Manager Plugin to make the most of WorkScout.
The theme is built for those who like modularity – complete control and ability to choose which features you want on your WordPress job portal. Features like resume management, job alerts, paid listings, applications etc. need to be added separately and are not built in.
What IS built in, however, is certainly amazing – The theme packs some remarkably advanced filters for Job listings (an exclusive Salary/rate based search filter only available with this theme), visual composer page builder and slider plugins, and all style based customization features you might want.
For a beautiful theme to style your existing job board built on plugins, WorkScout is your best bet.
Buyer Rating: 4.6/5 stars
Jobseek is another modular theme using WordPress plugins with a stunning result.
The theme includes free and premium plugins of $70 worth like Job Tags, Visual Composer Page Builder, Slider Revolution, Front-end Membership Modules, CMB2, Contact Form 7, Jetpack, MailChimp for WordPress (free version), and WooCommerce with Testimonials extension; and also offers a significant discount on core add-on premium plugins that will give you a complete directory theme as displayed in demo.
Mostly for complete control over major aspects, but the theme itself is responsive and retina-ready with refreshingly flat design and lovely custom pages.
These hand-picked themes are the best-in-class: they’re taken from the most trusted source of premium WordPress themes on the internet.
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