HireBee Version 1.3

On January 6th 2014, HireBee 1.3 (our WordPress freelance marketplace theme) was released. This is a feature release focused on giving site owners the ability to manage work disputes but also provides additional features and several bug fixes. Upgrading is recommended. Fixed 30 tickets total.

Upgrade Information

Use the AppThemes Updater Plugin to automatically update the theme, or visit www.appthemes.com and click on My Account to download the updated version.

About Disputes

Disputes are now available as an option (Admin > Payments > Settings > Escrow > Disputes). When enabled freelancers will be able to open disputes whenever an employer cancels or closes a project that a freelancer marked as complete. At this time site owners will be notified and asked to arbitrate each dispute from the Disputes backend page. From this page site owners will be able access all the workspace and participants information and choose the outcome of the dispute.

Important: When a dispute is opened, the money will be kept in escrow until a decision is made by the site owner. If the decision is closed in favor of the employer, a refund is issued, otherwise, the freelancer is paid in full for his work.

Additionally there’s an option to choose how many days a freelancer is given to open a dispute (10 days max). If a dispute is not opened during this time, the employer will be fully refunded.


  • Projects clarification section sometimes kept open for comments while project was not active
  • Listings not being sorted correctly on some sorting items
  • Projects with endless duration defaulting to the default duration set in the settings page
  • No permissions for canceling/editing/deleting non published projects
  • Display image thumbnail on ‘Recent Projects’ widget (project must have an image attached – first image uploaded is set as the featured image)
  • Search icon on sidebar search bar being duplicated in IE
  • Number of Sub-Categories option in customizer not working correctly
  • Addons included in plans being ignored
  • When logged out and a wrong password was entered message was always “You are now logged out.”
  • Radio buttons in custom forms allowing more then one checked option
  • Freelancers work actions not available (e.g: View Workspace) when ‘Escrow’ disabled
  • 404 error with non-admin users when posting a project with moderation enabled
  • Error ‘Fatal Error: Class APP_Paypal not found’ on theme activation


  • On registration, redirect users to their dashboard instead of the front page
  • External links (Facebook, Twitter, etc) are now opened on a new browser tab
  • Project orders email notification sent to admins now links back to the order page instead of the project page
  • Site owners can now access all workspace information for employers and freelancers from the related order or dispute page
  • Footer widgets titles not showing up to visitors
  • Deleted bundled ‘jQuery Validate’ library. Uses library provided by AppThemes framework instead
  • Deleted unused ‘jQuery Colorbox’ library
  • Added option to disable optional header area from the ‘Customizer’ page


  • Disputes are now available for cases where the freelancer completes the work but the employer cancels or closes the project as incomplete (Admin > Escrow > Disputes)
  • Allow choosing the number of valid days for opening a dispute after the project is canceled/marked incomplete (Admin > Escrow > Disputes)
  • Allow choosing which budget types (fixed price or/and per hour) are enabled (Admin > Projects > Budget)
  • Allow changing the number of allowed skills (Admin > Projects > Skills)
  • Allow choosing which location types (remote and/or local) are enabled (Admin > Projects > Location)
  • Allow hiding proposals quotes (amount/message) from other users ( Admin > Proposals > Visibility)
  • Added new ‘Urgent’ option to ‘Sort By’ select box (displays only urgent projects)
  • Added new option to the customizer to disable the optional header area

Files Modified

Added dashboard-workspace-section-disputes.php
Added dashboard-workspace-section-manage-reviewer.php
Added form-dispute.php
Added includes/disputes.php
Added includes/disputes/admin/disputes-list.php
Added includes/disputes/admin/settings.php
Added includes/disputes/admin/single-dispute.php
Added includes/disputes/dispute-functions.php
Added includes/disputes/load.php
Deleted order-gateway.php
Deleted scripts/jquery/jquery.colorbox-min.js
Deleted scripts/jquery/jquery.validate.min.js
Modified comments.php
Modified content-project.php
Modified content-proposal.php
Modified dashboard-projects-section-projects.php
Modified dashboard-workspace-section-manage-employer.php
Modified dashboard-workspace-section-manage-worker.php
Modified dashboard-workspace.php
Modified dashboard.php
Modified form-project.php
Modified form-review.php
Modified form-workspace-manage-employer.php
Modified framework
Modified functions.php
Modified hirebee.pot
Modified includes/activate.php
Modified includes/admin/admin.css
Modified includes/admin/admin.php
Modified includes/admin/settings.php
Modified includes/admin/users.php
Modified includes/capabilities.php
Modified includes/checkout
Modified includes/custom-forms
Modified includes/custom-forms.php
Modified includes/customizer.php
Modified includes/dashboard.php
Modified includes/escrow.php
Modified includes/forms-dashboard.php
Modified includes/forms-projects.php
Modified includes/forms-purchase.php
Modified includes/helper.php
Modified includes/loops.php
Modified includes/media.php
Modified includes/notifications.php
Modified includes/options.php
Modified includes/payments
Modified includes/projects.php
Modified includes/proposals.php
Modified includes/reviews
Modified includes/setup-theme.php
Modified includes/status.php
Modified includes/template-tags-orders.php
Modified includes/template-tags-projects.php
Modified includes/template-tags-site.php
Modified includes/theme-support.php
Modified includes/views-dashboard.php
Modified includes/views-projects.php
Modified includes/views-proposals.php
Modified includes/views-purchase.php
Modified includes/views-users.php
Modified includes/widgets
Modified includes/widgets.php
Modified includes/workspace.php
Modified order-checkout.php
Modified order-summary-content.php
Modified order-summary-template.php
Modified profile-section-posts.php
Modified profile.php
Modified scripts/saved-filters.js
Modified scripts/scripts.js
Modified scripts/workspace.js
Modified single-project-section-clarification.php
Modified style.css
Modified styles/modern.css
Modified widget-recent-posts.php
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