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Installing Matador Jobs is simple!

Experienced WordPress developers should be able to install Matador without even needing to access this installation guide. For our users who don’t know their way around WordPress like we do, however, we’ve written this installation guide. It includes a lot of screenshots and extra details to help ensure all our users succeed!

Some web developers will customize the WordPress admin area. The screenshots used for this guide come from a standard WordPress admin area.

There are two ways to install Matador Jobs–and any WordPress plugin. In most cases, “the easy way” works, but if it doesn’t, we also have a second set of advanced instructions.

The Easy Way: WordPress Plugin Uploader

The easiest way to install a plugin in WordPress is to use the Plugin Uploader. This requires minimal technical knowledge and works most of the time, including in all standard WordPress configurations.

Pre-requisites

Before you can get started, you will need the following:

  • A username and password to your WordPress website with plugin management capabilities. If you don’t know how to log in or if your user account cannot manage plugins, you should contact your website administrator.
  • The .zip file with Matador Jobs Lite or Matador Jobs Pro. You download this from Matador Jobs website. If you need help with that, check out this guide.

Log Into WordPress

Let’s start by logging into WordPress. If you are familiar with WordPress, you already know how to do this.

Go to your website’s WordPress login page. For most sites, this will be found at https://your-site.com/wp-admin where your-site.com is of course replaced with your site’s domain name.

Enter your username or email address and password, then tap or click Log In.

You will either be redirected to the Admin Dashboard on a successful login or be told your login credentials are not correct. If your credentials are incorrect, you can either follow the “forgot password?” prompts or contact your site administrator for help.

A screenshot of the WordPress login dialogue.
The default WordPress log in screen

Upload and Activate Matador Jobs

Now that we are logged in, we can upload and activate Matador Jobs.

In the side menu, hover or tap Plugins.

A screenshot of a section of the WordPress admin menu showing the Plugins menu item and Plugins sub-menu items.
The WordPress Plugins menu item and submenu.

If you do not see Plugins, then your WordPress user account does not have plugin management capabilities and is unable to make changes to plugins. Only administrator, super-administrator, or custom user types with plugin management capabilities can make changes to plugins. Reach out to your site administrator if you do not see the Plugins menu item.

You will now see a list of all installed Plugins. At the top, next to the page title, click or tap on Add New.

Screenshot of the Plugins page, centered on the page title and Add New button.
The Add New Button is at the top next to the page title.

You are now on the Add Plugin screen, which will show a gallery of the various free plugins available on the WordPress Plugin repo. Ignore those for now and look to the top of the page and click or tap on Upload Plugin.

Screenshot of the Add Plugins page, centered on the Upload Plugin button
The Upload Plugin button next to the title of the Add Plugins page.

Without the page reloading, a box will appear under the button.

Screenshot of the Upload Plugin dialogue that appears after clicking Upload Plugin on the Add Plugin page
The Upload Plugin dialogue.

Now select your Matador Jobs plugin .zip file. You can do this either by drag-and-dropping the .zip file onto the screen or by clicking or tapping the Choose File button and selecting the file from your computer’s file selector. Once you have a selected file, the Install Now button will be available. Click or tap to install the plugin.

WordPress will now upload your plugin .zip and install it while keeping you posted on the progress. When the upload and installation is done, you’ll see a screen that looks like the screenshot below.

Screenshot of the plugin installation status screen after it completes an installation. Includes the Activate Plugin button.
The plugin installation status screen, including the option to activate a successfully installed plugin.

Activate the Plugin

Even though the plugin is now installed, you need to Activate it, which means to turn it on. From the installation status screen, you can simply tap or click Activate Plugin.

If you somehow exited the installation status screen without clicking Activate Plugin, you can also activate (and deactivate) Matador Jobs from the Plugins screen. Again, to get there, click on Plugins in the side menu.

Scroll to find Matador Jobs in the list of plugins (they are sorted alphabetically) and click Activate to turn it on.

A screenshot of Matador Jobs Pro in the list of plugins, including its Activate link.
How Matador Jobs Pro looks in the list of plugins

Congratulations!

Congratulations, Matador Jobs is now installed and activated. If you got this far, skip the next section on the “Alternate Method” and see our recommended next steps. If you had troubles so far, try the “Alternate Method” below.

Alternate Method: Upload Plugin via FTP

The alternate way to install a plugin in WordPress is to unzip the files to your local computer and upload the plugin files manually using FTP or SSH. This is necessary when web host configurations or security protocol prohibit uploading plugins using the built-in tools.

Pre-requisites

Before you can get started, you will need the following:

  • An username and password to your WordPress website with plugin management capabilities.
  • The .zip file with Matador Jobs Lite or Matador Jobs Pro. You download this from Matador Jobs website. If you need help with that, check out this guide.
  • FTP or SSH credentials for your website.

Unzip and Upload the Matador Jobs plugin

  • Using your preferred unzip tool, extract the Matador Jobs plugin from its .zip file. On most Windows and Mac computers, this is as simple as double-clicking the .zip file.
  • Using your preferred FTP or SSH application, log in to your web host.
  • Find the root folder of your WordPress install, typically www or public_html. This will vary for every web hosting environment.
  • Navigate through the file structure to wp-content/plugins.
  • Transfer your unzipped Matador Jobs plugin folder and files into that folder.

Log Into WordPress

Now we’ll need to log into WordPress. Go to your website’s WordPress login page. For most sites, this will be found at https://your-site.com/wp-admin where your-site.com is of course replaced with your site’s domain name.

Enter your username or email address and password, then tap or click Log In.

You will either be redirected to the Admin Dashboard on a successful login or be told your login credentials are not correct. If your credentials are incorrect, you can either follow the “forgot password?” prompts or contact your site administrator for help.

A screenshot of the WordPress login dialogue.
The default log in screen for a typical WordPress site.

Activate the Plugin

Now, we activate the plugin from the Plugins screen. On the left menu, find Plugins and click or tap to go the the Plugins. You should see a listing of all installed plugins.

If you do not see Plugins, then your WordPress user account is likely not able to make changes to plugins. Only administrator, super-administrator, and custom user types with plugins-related capabilities can make changes to plugins. Reach out to your site administrator if you do not see the Plugins menu item.

Scroll to find Matador Jobs in the list of plugins (they are sorted alphabetically) and click Activate.

A screenshot of Matador Jobs Pro in the list of plugins, including its Activate link.
How Matador Jobs Pro looks in the list of plugins

Congratulations!

Congratulations, Matador Jobs is now installed and activated. Check out the next Section to see our recommended next steps in your configuration of Matador.

Next Steps

Now that Matador Jobs is activated and installed, you will want to get it set up to work for you, including importing job data from and sending application data to Bullhorn, getting auto updates from Matador Software, and getting it configured to fit the unique needs of your business. Check out these recommended next steps in your Getting Started journey:

Updated on August 24, 2020

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