The Bullhorn Open Source Career Portal (Bullhorn OSCP) is a tool used by many Bullhorn users to generate a job board on their website. It is common for new Matador Jobs users to be upgrading from a Bullhorn OSCP installation when setting up Matador Jobs.
While a number of our features in the Bullhorn OSCP have a one-to-one match and of course we have many, many additional features that Bullhorn OSCP does not, there are a few things Bullhorn OSCP does that Matador does not.
Here are some expectations you should have when migrating from the Bullhorn OSCP to Matador Jobs:
No Social Sharing Icons or Feature
Matador Jobs does not have a social sharing feature. We opted to not provide this feature towards the end of the initial development after a discussion a pre-release user, driven by research and data, helped us determine that the feature was not of value. We wrote more about this in a blog post, feel free to read the whole story.
If after you check out our blog post on the topic you disagree and still want social sharing tools for the job, the beauty of WordPress is that there are tens of thousands of FREE plugins in the WordPress plugin repository including many that provide social sharing tools.
No Print Button
For similar reasons to our omission of social sharing tools, we found that users are equally unlikely to use a “Print” button. More importantly however, is that few websites are optimized for a user to print. Unlike the Bullhorn OSCP, which is a stand-alone page that can a “print stylesheet”–a special kind of code that optimizes a page for printing, Matador Jobs is inserted into an existing website powered by WordPress and a WordPress theme. Not many WordPress themes are optimized for printing with “print stylesheets” so it would be irresponsible for us to provide this button knowing it is unlikely for our users to have a good print experience.
If you want to include a “print” button, a developer will be able add this for you, and we recommend they also prepare a “print stylesheet” or “print styles” to ensure pages print cleanly.
“Hard” Page Loads
One thing we love about the Bullhorn OSCP is that it behaves like an application. This means, to us, that page doesn’t fully load when you click a button and instead just smoothly updates the content like magic.
WordPress, which powers Matador Jobs, fully loads each page with every click… no “magic”. For this reason, when compared to the Bullhorn OSCP, Matador Jobs might feel sluggish or slower and lack the smoothness of the OSCP.
Don’t consider this a downside, though! If you’re considering Matador Jobs, you likely want more customization, flexiblity, or better Search Engine Optimization than the Bullhorn OSCP can offer. The Bullhorn OSCP is able to get its smooth app-like feel by limiting or omitting features that our users need. While we all want websites that are responsive and fast, it is more important to us to have websites that generate traffic and deliver results, and Matador Jobs is more optimized for results that a smooth app-like experience.
A final note on this however, is that WordPress developers are beginning to popularize “headless” WordPress themes which can deliver this smooth app-like experience in addition to the customizability and SEO of core WordPress. Matador Jobs is partially ready to support “Headless” WordPress themes and if you want the best of both worlds, let us know and we’ll support your developer in adapting Matador Jobs for “headless” WordPress at no charge.