Pack plans (job packs), are mostly like ‘Single’ price plans but let you define packages that customers can purchase in order to post multiple/single job listings for varying durations. To promote your job board you can additionally offer free jobs, allow featuring jobs for free or give pack customers access to Resumes.
Before we start, make sure you’ve read our tutorial on Setting Up Payments in JobRoller.
Before starting, make sure you have chosen ‘Pack’ as your plan type.
Create Your First Pack Plan
In order to accept payments for job listings, you must create a pricing plan in JobRoller and assign the plan to job categories. We’ll do that now. But before we do, it’s helpful to see how the plans will look to your customers. You can see that in the screenshot below.
For this tutorial, we are creating ‘Pack’ price plans. If you need to create a ‘Single’ plan please read our tutorial on Setting Up Price Plans in JobRoller.
Let’s create the plans in the screenshot above. We’ll start with the “Basic” plan. In the WordPress admin, navigate to Payments > Plans. On the “Job Plans” page, click the “Add New” button at the top of the page. You should see the page below.
This will be the name of your plan. You can use names that will help you keep track of your plans but you should remember that your customers will also see the plan name when they buy a job listing. You want keep that in mind. To match our example, we’ll add “Basic” here.
This section allows you the opportunity to give a little more details to your customers about the pack plan. You can also use the description to “sell” the plan. For this section, we’ll add “A no frills plan for submitting jobs.”
Simple enough, this is the price that your customer will pay with this plan. Let’s charge $5 for our “Basic” pack plan.
This is the price that your customer will pay with this plan when relisting a job. We’ll charge the same $5 for relisting with our “Basic” pack plan.
This setting determines how long each job from the pack plan is displayed before it expires. Duration is always denoted in days. If you want job listings to last a month, add 30 or 31 days. For a year, enter 365 days. If you do not want listings to expire, put zero. When it comes to listing duration, zero equals infinity. For our example, let’s use 15 days.
It’s important to remember that job listing duration and addons durations are not the same. We’ll get into that a little more in a few moments.
This setting determines the number of times the plan is selectable by the same user. Setting a value greater then 0 will limit the times the plan can be selected. After a user reaches the limit, the plan will be hidden from selection. For the “Basic” plan we’ll set it to 0, so the plan is not limited for selection.
Important Note: Usage limits can be reset by an admin on each user profile under ‘Reset Usage’. After resetting the usage limit, the plan will be available for selection again.
Pack :: Job Count
This is the number of jobs your customers will be able to post while the plan is active. The plan will expire automatically when the customer reaches the total job count or if the pack duration expires, whichever happens first. You can set it to 0 to allow unlimited job posts. Let’s set it to 1 for our “Basic” plan.
Pack :: Job Offers
The number of job you would like to offer with the plan. This will be added to the ‘Job Count’ and acts as a promotional feature. Set to 0 if you don’t want to offer additional jobs. For the “Basic” plan we’ll set it to 1, so our plan will allow customers to post 2 jobs (1 job + 1 job offer).
Pack :: Duration
This is the number of days the plan will remain active after being purchased. You can set it to 0 to have the plan remain active for unlimited time. The plan will expire automatically when the customer reaches the total job count or if the pack duration expires, whichever happens first. For the “Basic” plan, let’s set the pack duration to 25 days.
This section gives you the opportunity to include featured status as a part of the pack plan.
It’s important to note that featured addons on ‘Pack’ plans behave a little different from ‘Single’ price plans. Because a customer can submit several jobs with the same pack plan and limit the number of featured addon offers, included featured addons are not automatically added as part of the plan, but instead, the customer is given the option to use the feature addon for Free on a job or not. This allows the customer to balance the featured addon offers between the total jobs he can submit. You can see an example of this, on the screenshot bellow on the final plans list, on the “Gold” plan.
Let’s look at the featured addons options a little more closely.
In the “Featured Addons” panel, you will see check boxes marked “Included” next to “Feature on Category” and “Feature on Homepage and Listings”. Checking a box means the featured option will be selectable by the customer to be included as a part of this plan. Leaving it unchecked means that featured is not included in the plan and must be purchased separately.
If you decide to include featured with the plan, you need to set duration for featured status. This determines how long the job listing will remain featured as a part of this pack plan. The duration is denoted in days. The duration can be any amount but must be the same or shorter than the job listing duration.
The “Limit” option, enables setting a limit to each featured addon offer. Meaning that the addon will only be selectable for Free the number of times set it in this option. After reaching this limit, the addon will be charged the normal price.
There is a lot more to featured and we’ll take a closer look later in this tutorial. For our “Basic” pack plan, we will not enable featured.
This section gives you the opportunity to give temporary access to resumes as a part of the pack plan. Let’s look at the options a little more closely.
In the “Resumes Addons” panel, you will see check boxes marked “Included” next to “Browse Resumes” and “View Resumes”. Checking a box means the resumes temporary access (view or/and browse) will be included as a part of this pack plan. Leaving it unchecked means that resumes temporary access (view or/and browse) is not included in the plan and must be purchased separately.
If you decide to include resumes access with the plan, you need to set their duration. This determines for how long the user can view or/and browse resumes as a part of this pack plan. The duration is denoted in days. The duration can be any amount but must be the same or shorter than the job listing duration.
For our “Basic” pack plan, we will not enable resumes addons.
- Resumes Addons are only available if your site requires an active subscription to browse/view resumes (JobRoller > Settings > Resumes).
- Once a user purchases or is offered a Resume addon he cannot choose it again until it expires. This allows for better monetization on your site as customers will need to submit jobs or purchase a subscription, to access resumes.
JobRoller allows you to assign pack plans to job categories. You can assign multiple plans to one category, you can assign one plan to many categories or you can do anything in between. It’s very important to note, if a category does not have an associated plan, users will be unable to purchase job listings in that category, unless categories are not required. That means, whenever you create a new category, you need to make sure you assign a plan to the category.
To link categories to a pack plan, simply check the categories you want in “Job Categories” in the sidebar.
For our example, we will choose all the available categories. Now we’re certain to have at least one pack plan for everything on our site.
Once you have set your options and chosen the categories associated with the pack plan, you can click the “Publish” button. Users can now purchase listings on your site using the “Basic” pack plan.
Important note: If you don’t have job categories set as required and the job is not assigned a category, the categories-plan relation will be ignored and all the plans will be available for selection independently of their category.
The order, determines the position where the plan should be displayed. A plan with a lower value will display first. Let’s set our “Basic” plan to 2, to appear right after the “Gold” plan.
Closer Look at Featured
With options in two different places, featured job listings can get a little confusing. Using the examples in the screenshot at the top of this post, let’s look at featured listings in detail.
Featured not Included in Pack Plan
In our “Basic” pack plan that was created above, we opted to not include featured as part of the plan. Here’s what that means to your customers when they buy a job listing.
If you do not have the featured addons listings enabled in the payment settings, then your customer will not get featured as part of the pack plan and they will not have the option to pay for featured separately.
In the same example, let’s say you do have featured addons enabled in the payment settings. Featured addons would not be included in the “Basic” pack plan but it could be purchased separately. In the screenshot below, you see that customers will be able to add featured at an extra cost.
Important note: The featured in category addon will only be available for selection or included in the plan if a job category was assigned to the job.
Addons Included in Pack Plan
Now we’ll create another example plan. We will create the “Gold” pack plan shown in our original example screenshot. Here’s how it looks on the “Add New Plan” page.
This is going to be an expensive plan and we want give people incentive to choose this plan, so we’ll include featured and resumes addons, for 50$, with 5 jobs and 2 job offers included, and each job listing will be active for 30 days. Note though, that we’re limiting the ‘Featured on Homepage and Listings’ addon to one use. This will make the customers to chose which job he wants to feature.
Promotional plans are a great way to engage your customers on your site and JobRoller helps you achieve it by giving you the option to create limited usage plans. These plans are limited in use and will be automatically hidden when the user reaches the selection limit. We’ll create a Free plan trial plan to exemplify a promotional plan by setting the price to 0 and the usage limit to 1. Customers will be able to purchase the plan for Free but only once. Here’s how it looks on the “Add New Plan” page.
If your site is configured to enable relisting jobs, you can set a different price for the relisted job. Here’s how our plans price would display with the relist price set on our example plans.
Now that you learned how to set up payments in the Setting up Payments in JobRoller and you have created some pack plans you should be ready to start selling some jobs on your site.