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Building job sites with Joomla!

By : Santonu Kumar Dhar, Chris Davenport
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Building job sites with Joomla!

By: Santonu Kumar Dhar, Chris Davenport

Overview of this book

Joomla! is a content management system that helps both novice users and expert developers to create powerful websites. Joomla! has extensions for construcing job sites; web sites for handling employment and careers. It can take hours to build even an elementary job site but imagine yourself building a job site such as Monster, CareerBuilder, a niche job listing such as TechCrunch or your own company job site within few minutes and with minimal development efforts.Building job sites with Joomla! shows you how to create your own job site with Joomla! with the Jobs! Pro extension. From the basic installation and configuration, you will see all the steps required to assemble a working job site in next to no time.This book is a step-by-step tutorial for creating a job site using Joomla!. First you will set up a server environment to install Joomla! 1.5 and Jobs!. Next you will learn how you can use Jobs! configuration settings to control the components of your job site such as adding companies, adding social bookmarking buttons, enabling the users to post their resume online and so on. You will learn to easily manage your site using the Jobs! control panel. This will be followed by using job site template to quickly create a job site and simultaneously test the site you have created. Next you will learn how to speed up the communication between employers and the jobseekers using e-mail templates. You can also entirely control user registration system from Jobs! Pro admin panel. You will also learn to add and manage job types, job categories, and applications to keep your database organized and to keep track of the application status. You will also learn to add a jobseeker or an employer and to manage resume fields. Then you will configure credit systems to charge an amount of money to users according to the specific service provided. By the end of this book you will learn to professionally optimize your Joomla! Job site for search engines and look at list of words that need to be avoided in the URLs.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Building job sites with Joomla!
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Online Resource
Search Engine Stop Words


Welcome to the first edition of Building Jobsites with Joomla! 1.5. This books provides a new approach for developing jobsites with Joomla!, a popular CMS program that became an affordable solution for website development. Joomla! is absolutely free and available with a GNU/GPL license. It not only saves money and time, but also saves a lot of effort that goes into development. In order for a Joomla! website to function as a jobsite, we need a third-party extension. In this book, we have covered the uses of Instant Php's jobsite extension Jobs! Pro 1.3.2 along with Joomla 1.5. Jobs! is one of the most popular and user-friendly extension's that provides all the features and functionalities of a jobsite. This book will provide stepwise tutorial on administrating Joomla! and Jobs! Pro control panel for building and developing your jobsite properly.

Whether you are reading this book on your own or using it as a companion to Joomla! learning course, I hope it gives you a good head start and that you have fun in the process.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Installing and Configuring Joomla! 1.5 and Jobs! Pro, covers the basics of Joomla! 1.5 installation. You will also learn to use Jobs! Pro extension along with Joomla!. This chapter briefly describes the method of managing sections, categories, and content. It also describes how to manage extensions and add modules.

Chapter 2, Control Panel Interface, introduces you to Joomla! 1.5 administrator panel and Jobs! Pro control panel interface. After finishing this chapter, you can administrate and drive out your Joomla! jobsite easily.

Chapter 3, Designing a Jobsite Template, explains the basics of creating a Joomla! 1.5 template. After finishing this chapter, the basics of the template design in Joomla! 1.5 will be clear.

Chapter 4, Changing Configuration Settings, provides a step-by-step guideline to configuring your Joomla! jobsite with Global Configuration and Jobs! Pro configuration settings.

Chapter 5, Managing Jobs, Job Types, and Categories, is written for a practical approach. After completing this chapter you will learn managing jobs, job types, and categories from Jobs! Pro control panel.

Chapter 6, Managing Countries and Companies, covers adding a new country and managing list countries from the administrator panel. You will also learn how to manage company countries.

Chapter 7, Managing Email and Application Status, provides guidelines to create an e-mail template that will be used to respond to the applicants. You will also learn how to manage applications and its status. After reading this chapter, you will easily be able to manage your e-mail templates, applications, and application status.

Chapter 8, User Registration, Credits, Resume fields, and Education Levels, explains some complex and critical tasks, such as user registration system, managing employer credits, managing resume fields, and education levels. After completing this chapter, you will learn registering an employer or a jobseeker and managing the credit system. You will also learn to add or remove resume fields, resume field category, and education levels.

Chapter 9, Managing Cover Letter, Resume, and Resume Files, talks about viewing, adding, deleting, publishing and unpublishing cover letters, resumes, and resume files. After finishing this chapter, you can manage cover letters, resumes, and resume files.

Chapter 10, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), covers SEO, making SEO strategy, how to choose the right keywords, inserting the title and metadata in your Joomla! jobsite, changing basic SEO settings, making SEF URLs, creating an XML or an HTML site map, and submitting site maps and websites to search engines.

Appendix A, Online Resources, provides some website listings for further reading.

Appendix B, Search Engine Stop Words, provides a list of search engine stop words, which will help you to avoid using these words as keywords in SEO.

What you need for this book

You can use any platform such as Windows, Linux, MAC, or any other operating system. You will need the following:

  • Joomla! 1.5.20 or higher: Joomla! is a popular CMS program. You can download the latest version of Joomla! freely from its official download page,

  • Jobs! Pro 1.3.2 or higher: Jobs! is a popular Joomla! extension for building a jobsite. You can get it from developer Instant Php's website, It is available only with a commercial license.

  • XAMPP 1.7.x or higher: XAMPP is a popular server solution. It comes equipped with Apache HTTP Server, PHP, and MySQL. You can download the latest version of XAMPP 1.7.x from the Apache Friends website,

  • FileZilla FTP: FileZilla is a free FTP program available for different operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. You can get it from

Who this book is for

If you are looking to build and manage a jobsite using Joomla! extensions, then this book is for you. Prior knowledge of using extensions is not expected, but Joomla! basics will be required.


In this book, you will find a number of styles of text that distinguish between different kinds of information. Here are some examples of these styles, and an explanation of their meaning.

Code words in text are shown as follows: "Add a<param> element for each parameter that you want to define and insert these between<params>...</params> tags."

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE install PUBLIC "-//Joomla! 1.5//DTD template 1.0//EN"

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

tar xvfz xampp-linux-1.7.3a.tar.gz -C /opt

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Tips and tricks appear like this.

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