Matador Jobs release 3.2.0

Hot on the heels of release 3.1.0 not even two weeks ago, we are again updating Matador, and this time, again, its a “major” release. Lets dive into what this release includes!

We are trying hard to settle into a predictable release pattern for you. While we aren’t following it to the letter, we are trying our best to use Semantic Versioning for Matador core and extension releases. So when we added functions intended for public use, our minor release became a major one.

That said, don’t let the “major” release tag fool you, 3.2.0 is mostly a minor bugfix release that includes one qualifying change to make it seem bigger than it is. That is a set of new public functions around making it easier for developers who integrate Matador into your theme to access Job Listing taxonomy terms. For example, the categories or industries from the job, or the skills required.

In the bug fix realm, where most of our heavy lifting occurred, we fixed 14 bugs that were discovered since 3.1.0 and 2 that we had carry over from before 3.1.0, for a total of 16. The two biggest bugfixes were around a conflict caused when another plugin loaded the same vendor library as us and one around candidate and recruiter email notifications not sending out.

We also got to take a pass at some UI improvements, and you’ll see a few refinements in the Settings, including another occurrence of the Bullhorn bull to make it clear when Matador actions including reaching out to Bullhorn. We also added new help text and relabeled an option so that it made its consequence on your workflow more clear.

Full changelog is below, but before we go, I want to make clear that we are aware two more high-priority issues that we are actively working on as we speak:

First up, is for clients with many jobs (in excess of 250), we are finding that Matador may timeout when the user conducts a manual sync. This timeout is actually a 100% user interface issue, as the sync continues until it finishes, but its not a good experience for the user. It also cause a user to “try again”, which may result in two syncs running at the same time. This can cause jobs to be duplicated in Matador depending on when these two syncs are run. We have a solution, but its still in development.

Second up, is one around Structured data and Google for Jobs optimization. We recently learned that Google “doesn’t like” it when we delete a job that has been closed from your site. We know our optimization for Google for Jobs is a huge benefit to your sites, so the last thing we want is for Google to be unhappy about this. Their guidance recommends we leave an “artifact” in place so that job seekers finding your job board through Google for Jobs won’t encounter a 404. This artifact will provide dialogue that the position has been closed, and direct users to search for other jobs inside your site. We are working on an update to Matador that creates this behavior, and should release it side-by-side our solution for the first mentioned ongoing issue.

3.2.0 Changelog:


  • New Template Helper matador_get_job_terms for getting a array of terms from 1 or all Matador taxonomies.
  • New Template Helper matador_get_job_terms_list for getting a formatted string of terms from a job’s taxonomy in various formats. Uses a new template ‘job-terms-list.php’ and introduces 6 new actions (matador_job_terms_list_before, matador_job_terms_list_before_terms, matador_job_terms_list_before_each, matador_job_terms_list_after_each,matador_job_terms_list_after_terms, and matador_job_terms_list_after) plus one new filter (matador_job_terms_list_separator ) to support customization.
  • Added filter ‘matador_bullhorn_source_description’ to allow users to customize how Matador lists the “Source” of the job submission.
  • Added filter ‘matador_recruiter_email_subject_no_title’ to allow for adjusting of subject sent to recruiter if not linked to a job.
  • Improved the behavior of matador_is_current_term() to also return true when on a taxonomy archive page.
  • New Template file for Admin Notifications when Bullhorn Connection needs user intervention.


  • Fixed a major issue where certain candidate and recruiter notifications were not being sent when they should’ve.
  • Added code to prevent conflicts when a vendor library is loaded by another plugin or theme after Matador loads. This changes makes existing conflict prevention methods more robust and fool-proof.
  • Fixed bug where, when called directly, matador_the_job_field could throw an error if certain optional arguments were not passed.
  • Fixed a bug where, in the default jobs-taxonomies-lists.php template, a class for the term markup was being made with the title and not slug, creating invalid HTML and not useful classes.
  • Fixed a bug where, in Settings, a checkbox type settings wouldn’t save when all checkboxes are unchecked.
  • Fixed a bug where, when both a Candidate and Recruiter email were being sent, the Recruiter email listed the job applied for twice.

User Interface:

  • Added the Bullhorn Bull icon to the “Manual Sync” button in settings, providing a visual cue to users that this action communicates with Bullhorn.
  • Removed check marks next to checkboxes. Because that didn’t make any sense.
  • Revised wording around the “Classify Applicants” setting and added a long description explaining its impact on a Candidate and Job Submission, hoping to add further clarity to how the setting affects the workflow of various users’ firms.


  • Added a (hopefully temporary) advisory to the Authorize step of the Connection Assistant to warn users of a known issue when logging in for the first time. In the future, we hope to resolve this issue with our Bullhorn partners.
  • Moved templates for emails from /templates/ into /templates/emails. Renamed the templates. Some clients with customized email templates may want to double check if this impacted them, but given these templates were only available for all for less than two weeks, we feel safe making this adjustment now.
  • Refined error logging messages during certain Bullhorn login attempts.
  • Fixed spelling error on an Application Form Field
  • Fixed spelling/grammar errors & formatting in Readme

Matador Jobs 3.1.0 and more!

The Matador Jobs teams is excited to simultaneously announce a major update to Matador Jobs Pro, the official release of Matador Jobs Lite, and first release of eight new Matador Jos Pro Extensions… all at once!

Friday, June 8th was an exciting day for the Matador Jobs team! After weeks of tinkering, testing, and bug fixing, we both gave our thumbs up for the biggest release of Matador Jobs yet. And now I get to share it with you all! This release has 3 exciting parts: a major point release for Matador Jobs Pro to version 3.1.0, the official release of Matador Jobs Lite on, and the initial release of our first 8 Pro Extensions.

Matador Jobs Pro 3.1.0

Lets start with Matador Jobs Pro 3.1.0. We designed this release around improvements to these major areas of Matador: privacy settings/regulation compliance, greater flexibility with structured data creation/presentation, administrator user interface improvements, improvements to the connection tool, and more.

With the implementation of the GDPR in Europe and its implications for website operators worldwide, we studied and considered how Matador might be affected. Unfortunately, since Matador relies on two other software projects which we don’t have control over, we had to wait on both WordPress and Bullhorn to complete their GDPR updates as well. WordPress released their update (4.9.6) in the 2nd week of May and Bullhorn is releasing its updates as we speak and through the end of June. We are not done with our GDPR and overall user privacy and security, but we’ve released tools to aid in compliance. Notably:

  • Settings were added to allow Administrators to add consent fields to all forms.
  • Settings were added to force the erase of local candidate data once its been used to create a Bullhorn candidate; leaving an operator with only a single data source should they be asked to export/erase data.

Matador Jobs’ SEO tools, including and especially structured data, is one feature that sets it apart from others. In fact, our support for structured data–required for Google for Jobs, has resulted in incredible traffic increases for new Matador installs. A client last week installed Matador and set it up but didn’t switch their “Job Opportunities” link to Matador’s pages yet. They woke up the next day to 35 applications! Google scraped their site overnight and the results were unexpected… and awesome. We’ve added some settings to support common user needs related to structured jobs:

  • Ability to show/hide pay rate data from structured data.
  • Ability to set the “Hiring Organization” to either the company (in Bullhorn) or the agency.
  • Ability to turn off structured data; preferred option for internal job boards for companies.

When we made Matador, we envisioned a system where you could be completely hands-off with your website: let Matador handle updating your website for you. In our first six months, we found some of users like spending time in WordPress too. So we added some hopefully useful ways to make that experience better:

  • Adds a button to sync jobs from the Job Listings page.
  • Adds a button to link from the Matador Job listing to the Bullhorn Job page.
  • Adds a link to the Candidate created by Matador from the local application object (provided you don’t auto-delete with the new privacy setting).

Matador Job’s connection tool is part of what makes it so easy to set up. We made some updates to make it even easier.

  • Now will check that the ClientID is a valid ClientID with Bullhorn
  • Now checks the RedirectURI is valid on every page load of the related step and/or the connection doctor, adds a reload button to make it easier to force re-check when the check is invalid, which fixed a bug caused by changing a site’s URL (transferring from live to staging) related to that.
  • Now checks that WordPress “Pretty Permalinks” are enabled before allowing you to connect to Bullhorn; redirects are required.
  • Added a “Skip Assistant” wizard for advanced users to save time during install.

The following other new features to Matador don’t fit a category, but are still awesome:

  • Reworked how Settings actions are handled in a way that sped up Matador admin pages by 2x on average and 3x on save settings.
  • In what had to be the most requested feature since launch, we are excited to announce that email notifications can no be sent directly to recruiters who are designated as “Job Owners” and “Assigned Users”, based on settings.
  • The “Job Owner” and “Assigned User” names are now included, also, as part of the job’s data and available in fields for presentation in the theme if desired.

The full release notes, below, outline other bug fixes, smaller features, and more. Check them out below.

Please note: this update will not install automatically for users of Pro and All-Access like prior updates. The plugin folder name must change to prevent conflicts with our release of Matador Jobs Lite. Because we promised automatic upgrades, we will perform this manual upgrade for no cost if desired. All Pro and All-Access users will be contacted these next few days to coordinate the upgrade. 

Matador Jobs Lite 3.1.0

Many of you (so far) have found us through our work on the free plugin. When we released 3.0.0 in January, we know We delayed for nearly 6 months updating that plugin because we know some of the updates from the old version would break some of your website. It was a unwanted but necessary evil, and we felt only a very long sunset window would be acceptable. That sunset window ended on June 1. We sincerely apologize if your upgrade required some user intervention, but we hope you enjoy the new features and stability in Matador Jobs Lite that our Pro and All-Access users have been enjoying since January!

Following this announcement, Matador Jobs Pro and Matador Jobs Lite will be updated in parallel and will rarely be announced separately.

The First 8 All Access Extensions for Self-Download and Install

Jeremy and Paul worked for 3 years each building sites for Bullhorn users, and if we learned anything from those experiences, we learned that each Bullhorn user is unique. Matador Jobs was built this assumption: if we think 50% or more of our users will need a feature, build it. That said, up to 49% of our users could be left out of features they need if we stopped there. So in addition to building in useful core features, we will build many extensions.

These extensions will serve to expand or improve the experience. Some we will build based on popular demand, others based on partnerships with others in the industry, and some will be built if a user wishes to sponsor it. Without further ado, our first 8 All-Access Plugins:

  • Jobs’ Required Skills
  • Jobs’ Required Certifications
  • Jobs’ Required Specialties
  • Jobs’ Business Sectors/Industries
  • Leads and Referrals
  • Import Jobs By Company
  • Mailchimp Job Alert Emails
  • WordPress Job Manager Integration

See all of them here! In the coming months, we have three more coming soon. They will be:

  • Candidate Export/Erasure
  • Apply by LinkedIn
  • Advanced Applications

We love making Matador for you all. We can’t wait to keep making awesome new updates to support you now and in the future.

Matador Jobs minor release 3.0.5

Today, Matador Jobs received a minor version update to address issues around required form fields and connectivity with Bullhorn. Update your plugins to get the most up-to-date Matador experience.

We’ve been updating Matador at a quick pace, but other than fixing a minor issue here or there, we are going to slow down and begin work on our first major version update after this one. So we wanted to make sure that this (planned) last minor release of the 3.0 line was awesome. We spent a lot of time improving connectivity and the application form for this update, and we hope you find the updates useful!

Release Notes:

  • Feature: Ability to disable SSL verification for sites with self-signed SSL
  • Feature: Added filter to modify the “WHERE” clause in Bullhorn Job Queries
  • Enhancement: Better Errors and Logging around auto reconnect.
  • Enhancement: Better Logging Messages around Application Sync to Bullhorn.
  • Enhancement: a browser-side form validator was added for the Application Form. All fields set to “required” will be validated now.
  • Enhancement: On the application, file type form fields, when included in the shortcode or via the default form defined in the settings, will now be a required field by default. You can still make the field optional with the shortcode, a direct function call, or a filter.
  • Enhancement: Refactored the Jobs Output function into two parts to allow for alternate processing possibilities.
  • Bugfix/Feature: Matador now processes resumes into HTML (instead of text) to support new Bullhorn’s new NOVO User Interface candidate screens (that prefer HTML)
  • Bugfix: Fixed incorrectly named actions in default Matador taxonomies template.
  • Bugfix: Fixed an issue for users that upgraded from a 2.x.x version of Matador Jobs Lite caused by client corporation ID’s being set when they shouldn’t (Client Corporation settings were removed to an add on, mostly because it was rarely used and confusing. Contact us if you are legacy user that needs that feature).

Matador Jobs minor release 3.0.3

Today, Matador Jobs received a minor version update to address a few issues and add our first translation. Update your plugins to get the most up-to-date Matador experience.

Another week and another several new websites have been launched with Matador. One client purchased Matador just last Wednesday and went live for his client on Thursday with a fully custom UI. This makes us very proud and proves that we accomplished our goal to create an easy to extend and easy customize plugin! Anyway, we once again have addressed a few issues this week as well as added our first translation and packed them up as Matador 3.0.3.

Release Notes:

  • Bugfix: Fixed an issue where the “Published – Submitted” option in the import settings wasn’t working. Thanks to Lee for helping us figure it out.
  • Bugfix: Fixed a persistent issue related to a 3.0.2 bugfix for template helpers related to job meta. Thanks to Andre for pointing this out.
  • Enhancement: Added more allowed html tags from the job description import, including: the <h1> through <h6> and the various list item tags. Thanks to Lee for requesting this feature!
  • Enhancement: Added basic sorting functionality to the job listings, including new settings options, extendable via filters. Thanks to Kelly and Andre for requesting this feature!
  • Internationalization: A partial translation of Matador to Dutch was added to the languages directory. Thanks to Caroleine for putting in the work!

Matador Jobs minor release 3.0.2

Today, Matador Jobs received a minor version update to address a few issues and add our first translation. Update your plugins to get the most up-to-date Matador experience.

Another week and another several new websites have been launched with Matador. One client purchased Matador just last Wednesday and went live for his client on Thursday with a fully custom UI. This makes us very proud and proves that we accomplished our goal to create an easy to extend and easy customize plugin! Anyway, we once again have addressed a few issues this week as well as added our first translation and packed them up as Matador 3.0.3.

Release Notes:

  • Bugfix: Fixed an issue where the “Published – Submitted” option in the import settings wasn’t working. Thanks to Lee for helping us figure it out.
  • Bugfix: Fixed a persistent issue related to a 3.0.2 bugfix for template helpers related to job meta. Thanks to Andre for pointing this out.
  • Enhancement: Added more allowed html tags from the job description import, including: the <h1> through <h6> and the various list item tags. Thanks to Lee for requesting this feature!
  • Enhancement: Added basic sorting functionality to the job listings, including new settings options, extendable via filters. Thanks to Kelly and Andre for requesting this feature!
  • Internationalization: A partial translation of Matador to Dutch was added to the languages directory. Thanks to Caroleine for putting in the work!

Matador Jobs Development Roadmap

Matador’s developer Jeremy discusses the short-term development goals for Matador Jobs and its extensions now that we’re officially launched.

Matador Job’s launch this month is the result 7 months of concentrated work by the Matador team as well as the culmination of nearly three and a half year of custom development on the Bullhorn platform by both developers. We feel we put important features into Matador at launch and are proud of our initial release, but we are enthusiastic about continuing development on the project and bringing even more features to Matador in the future. As we continue to nurture Matador post-launch, we have many goals for the future of the project, and we’d love to share our thoughts with you all.

Please note, projecting timelines for software development is an imperfect art. This is a statement of goals, not a promise of delivery. Timelines will shift forward or backward, and features may or may not make it into a specific release. Until we formally announce a release, the following are just goals, not promises.

Everyday: Bug Fixes and Documentation

While we’ve launched what we believe is the best, most stable, most fully-featured WordPress and Bullhorn integration, it will only take a handful of you getting it out in the real world to exceed the sum of all our tests over the last seven months. An always-present goal of ours will be to ensure Matador works the best it can, so if you find a big, we are committed to fixing them as fast as possible. If you find something not working right, file a support request as soon as you can.

Also, Matador is built to be customizable and extensible, but right now, our documentation is sparse on those details. A goal of ours now and moving forward is to always be improving our documentation. You can help us do this by asking lots of questions and even submitted Github gists to our team for examples. Got a question? File a support request.

Near Future: Easier Extensions

Matador Jobs Pro plans include access to our Pro Extensions, but its not exactly easy to get them and install them right now. Our biggest development goal beyond bug fixes at this time is making finding and installing extensions easier for our Matador Jobs Pro clients.

2-4 Months from Now: GDPR Compliance and GDPR Extension

The European Union’s upcoming implementation of GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation) will put important rules in place on site operators that store customer information. We want to make sure that your use of Matador in the EU is compliant.

As it stands now, Matador Jobs Lite (free on the plugin repo) does not store information about site visitors, and therefore will already be GDPR compliant.

When you upgrade to Matador Jobs Premium or Pro, an option can be set to store applicant data locally, which is recommended to enable for faster application processing and data duplication, but thus qualifies as stored data covered by the GDPR. In order for our Premium and Pro users to be compliant with GDPR while using that setting, we add some features that will need to be enabled in the settings screen. This will be completed ahead of the May 25th deadline and provided in a regular update to all active subscriptions.

Further, we are developing a new Pro Extension that will use the Bullhorn API to help your company become GDRP-compliant when it comes to data it is storing on Bullhorn about clients. We are working with our European users to develop this tool and don’t have a lot of details to share at this time. Our goal is to also have this available by the May 25th deadline and downloadable by all Matador Jobs Pro subscribers.

3-6 Months from Now: WordPress “Gutenberg” Editor Support and Job/Applicant User Interface

WordPress is working on a major update that will include the code-named “project Gutenberg” changes to the post editor. It is a pretty awesome project that will make writing and editing content on your WordPress site more streamlined and intuitive. If you’re a current user of Matador, you’ll note that our Job Listing and Applicant admin areas are somewhat boring, and we agree, but we purposely decided to wait to flesh it out until we have more clarity on the “Gutenberg” project. As WordPress gets closer to its next major release that will include “Gutenberg”, our admin user interface for Job Listings and Applicants will improve to not only be easier to use and more intuitive, but also support the new “Gutenberg” features. These changes will be for all Matador Jobs users, including Lite users.

4-8 Months from Now: Recruiter Support (Pro Extension)

A common feature request from past clients of our custom Bullhorn integrations is recruiter support. We understand that some candidates develop rapport with specific recruiters (especially in higher-turnover industries) and like to follow their recruiter’s offering, while some Bullhorn companies are heavily segmented by recruiter and want their site to sort and display jobs with more emphasis on the recruiter. The need to have recruiter-related features in a Matador-powered site is something some of our users really want or need. Those users, provided they are Matador Jobs Pro subscribers, can look forward to a new Recruiter-related Pro Extension sometime later this year. If you’re one of those firms that need these futures and are already a Pro Subscriber, file a support request asking to be added to the Recruiter Support beta test when we open it up.

To Infinity and Beyond

Beyond those four goals, we have a long list of more things we plan to add to Matador either as a Pro Add-ons or included in the core packages, including easier to customize forms, integrations with other job-seeking tools like LinkedIn and Indeed, and more. We will do our best to keep the pace of Matador moving at breakneck speed, but you can help speed up that pace in several ways:

  • Talk to us. We value your input. Whether coming to us as user feedback or as a feature request, we listen, and will ultimately shape our development goals around our users’ needs; after all, that is why we made Matador in the first place.
  • Subscribe to Matador Jobs Premium, especially if you’re a user of Matador Jobs Lite. Matador Jobs is a project of two full-time WordPress developers, but until we have many subscribing users, it won’t fully replace our regular work. In the meanwhile, we’ll divide our time between Matador and other client work. The more people who sign up for Premium and Pro, the more time we’ll be able to focus on Matador, speeding up its development for all.
  • Sponsor Development of a feature or add-on. If your company needs something that isn’t included yet in Matador or something we plan to do but not right away, file a support ticket and explain that you can’t wait. If we feel your requested feature is something that belongs in Matador or available as an extension, we may make arrangements for you to “sponsor” the development at a reduced custom-development cost and move it to front of the line. Requests that don’t fit the long-term development goals of Matador will be subject to the full custom development and integration service.

Matador Jobs minor release updated to 3.0.1

Today, Matador Jobs received a minor version update to address a few issues identified since the debut release. Update your plugins to get the most up-to-date Matador experience.

Even though we are in the 3.0.x version of Matador Jobs, in a lot of ways, as we described in our release announcement, it is brand new. We expect to have several regular minor releases for the next few weeks as a wider audience downloads and begins to use Matador. Even with all the help our amazing tester clients provided us during development, it didn’t take long for a few new bugs to be found. This minor releases addresses some of them.

Release Notes

  • Bugfix: Users exiting the connection assistant from the “Prepare” step initial screen will no longer be advanced to the next step upon return.
  • Bugfix: Fixed issue where Matador Jobs Lite would fail when trying to load the updater for the premium plugins.
  • Bugfix: Fixed issue where pro extensions were not properly receiving update notices (Pro and Pro Plus only).
  • Bugfix: Fixed issue where a Bullhorn jobs import failed if a standard taxonomy was unset by a developer or extension (which they are in the Matador Jobs to WPJM Extension).
  • Enhancement: Add a feature to prevent loading of deprecated shortcodes if main shortcodes are not loaded, improving performance in those situations.
  • Enhancement: Revised the load order of the plugin for smarter extensions development.
  • UI Fix: Improved text prompts in Bullhorn Connection Assistant.

Announcing the release of Matador Jobs 3.0!

Introducing Matador Jobs, the new family of plugins for WordPress to integrate your website with the Bullhorn CRM.

After seven long months of development, hours of testing, one too many emails telling our eagerly awaiting customers “soon”, many long days, early mornings, and late nights, we are excited to finally announce and introduce Matador Jobs. This is the first major release of the new Matador Jobs family of plugins, and we’d love to get you acquainted!

What is Matador Jobs?

Matador is a premium WordPress plugin that connects and integrates your businesses’ marketing website with the power of your Bullhorn CRM subscription. If you’re here, you are likely already a Bullhorn customer, or a developer working for one.

When you install Matador, you will be prompted to use REST-API credentials to connect your website to Bullhorn. After a few settings tweaks, your website will reach out to Bullhorn and gather all the information about the jobs your firm is currently hiring for. It will make a local copy of the job data and then build a page on your website for every job, optimized for SEO and Google Jobs Search that loads incredibly fast. It will then regularly check your Bullhorn account about every half hour for changes to the jobs, and update your site if needed, so you only need to manage your jobs in one place: on Bullhorn.

Jobs, imported automatically by Matador, visible in the WordPress admin jobs section.

Each job also has an application form, either on the job page at the bottom or as its own application page. This form is fully customizable with 14 different fields, including a resume and a cover letter. When an applicant visits your site and finds a job they’d like to apply for, they can do it directly from that page. They are sent a confirmation email, your recruiter is sent a heads-up email, and their information is transmitted directly to Bullhorn to create a candidate record and add them as a new lead or applicant for the job they were interested in. This application data is also saved on your website, for both reference and in case something goes wrong, and if something does go wrong, Matador will retry at a later time. When an applicant provides a resume, Matador will send the resume into Bullhorn’s resume processor and build their candidate profile on Bullhorn with that processed data.

But Other Plugins Claim to Do That, Why Matador?

What makes Matador so good at what it does is that its developers have spent a combined 7 years developing for Bullhorn and we’ve figured out how to address all of the challenges our colleagues haven’t. We’ve seen almost everything that can go wrong, and we’ve tried to include failsafes for as many problems as possible. Two of those big issues are: its very hard to connect a site to Bullhorn and it disconnects often. To address these issues specifically, we built a user-friendly “Connection Assistant” tool and a behind-the-scenes connection recovery tool that successfully recovers from a disconnect up to 80% of the time without user intervention required.

Matador’s easy to use “Connection Assistant”, shown here on step 3.

I’m a User of the Old Plugin, What Happens to Me?

One of Matador’s developers offered a free plugin on the WordPress plugin repository called Bullhorn Staffing and Recruitment Job Listing and CV/Resume Uploader for WordPress for the last few years which Matador Jobs Lite will be replacing. If you were a user of the that plugin, have no fear! When we finish our release, your website will upgrade the old plugin to Matador Jobs Lite and all features you once counted on will still be available to you as well as some great new ones.

So Why Should I Upgrade?

Five reasons: Application Processing, Connection Recovery, Support, Regular Updates, and Extensibility.

A premium version of Matador will be required to receive and process applications from candidates on new installs. Not only does Matador Jobs include application processing, but it includes tools that prevent duplicate candidate submissions, allow single candidate records to apply to multiple jobs, parses and processing resumes into candidate data points, and accepts applications in fewer than 1 second on average via our smart local caching of candidate data.

Various settings related Application Processing, as seen on the related settings tab in Matador Settings.

As mentioned earlier, the connection recovery tool is our answer to one of the huge problems when working with Bullhorn. In our years of writing WordPress plugins for Bullhorn users, we found that Bullhorn API connections can be broken somewhat regularly. In the past, our solutions was to email the site administrator to ask them to repair the connection manually, but that required someone intervene every time. Matador Jobs premium includes Connection Recovery, an automatic process that detects disconnections and attempts to reconnect before requesting administrator intervention.

When the old plugin was released, it was released “as-is”. It wasn’t yet fully realized and definitely required an advanced-to-expert level of knowledge of WordPress and Bullhorn to install and configure. The problem is that many of the people who installed the plugin were not developers, so many users reached out to us for support that we couldn’t offer. Not only do all users benefit from the easier to use and configure features of Matador, but our premium users will get access to around-the-clock email support from the people who build Matador day in and day out.

The old plugin only got updates when one of our users offered to sponsor development costs. This meant some users would get frustrated waiting for updates that weren’t coming. Premium offerings will help ensure regular bug fixes and new features, and we’ll deliver those automatically to your site.

Finally, another thing we learned in years of offering and occasionally supporting the old plugin is that everyone who uses Bullhorn uses it in a different way, and we needed to offer a solution that is customizable, configurable, and extensible. While Matador Jobs is the spiritual successor to the old plugin, it is nothing like its predecessor. When we built Matador, we started from scratch, both to create the most stable, most reliable solution available, but also to create an extensible solution. We put hundreds of filters and hooks into the plugin, and we are launching with 7 extensions that add optional features available only to premium subscribers.

So I’m Sold. What Version Should I Get?

Matador Jobs Pro is available as an annual subscription and includes updates and support and all the pro features. It is ideal for smaller firms who don’t need access to our extensions and add-ons. Pro Plus is available as both a one-time lifetime purchase or as an annual subscription and includes all of the Pro features plus access to any or all current and future extensions and add-ons that help you make your Matador experience even more tailored to your business needs.

Why is this version 3.0? What happened to 1 and 2?

In a way, this is the 1.0 version of Matador because it is a completely new plugin, but as we explained before, Matador is the spiritual successor to the old plugin. The final version of that plugin was version 2.5 and so we are releasing Matador Jobs at version 3.0 to ensure existing users of the old plugin can enjoy the automatic upgrade path.

Shout-Out and Thanks to Our Awesome Supporters

Let us take a minute to shout-out to and thank the people who made this possible! Jeremy and Paul, the co-developers of Matador Jobs, couldn’t’ve made Matador without the loving support of our wonderful better halves, Cyril and Gina. While we’ve both had mentors in our careers as developers, one that has been an incredible mentor in many facets of the development of Matador is Chris Klosowski, who embodies the spirit of the WordPress community in every way. We also owe thanks to several of our clients, including Kelly, Tim, Lisa, Lee, and others for being supportive during the development and helping us test our early work. Thank you all!

Coming Soon, We Promise!

If you’ve stumbled onto our site, it might be because we’re starting to talk about the upcoming release of Matador Jobs. Here is an update:

We’re so close to being done with Matador Jobs! Matador is designed to wrangle Bullhorn, integrating its powerful tools and data into beautiful WordPress powered sites. But those last little bits are taking time!

Right now, we are focused on a last-minute development of a connection assistant wizard and ensuring Matador’s various versions upgrade each other gracefully. We are super keen to make everything smooth, also, for all the users of the old Bullhorn Staffing and Recruitment Job Listing and CV/Resume Uploader for WordPress (wasn’t that a mouthful!) so when they transition to Matador Jobs, it will be smooth.

We believe that documentation is really important. We created around 300 hooks (actions and filters) for Matador, so another goal of ours is to get some of our gigantic plugin documented before launch. That said, it’s going to take us a long while to get it all documented.

We know how keen our existing subscribers are to access the new, more robust plugin and the additional functionality it offers. So we are beginning to make it available. Currently, the install and short-code instructions are in place. The additional documentation will be online as fast as we can get to it.

We are really proud of the code we have created and believe that it will provide a stable platform to integrate Bullhorn into WordPress. We are looking forward to seeing what you create with it!