FreelanceEngine project bidding WordPress theme for freelance marketplace

FreelanceEngine 1.7.11 is released with new changes regarding the payment process and bid acceptance flows. Besides, FrE Credit, FrE Private Message, AE Stripe, AE Stripe Escrow extensions are updated as well.

Payment Process Flow

From FreelanceEngine 1.7.11, when users make a new transaction on your site, they will receive an invoice including transaction details.


This invoice means the transaction request was sent to admin and is under review.

Re-design the bid acceptance flow for better UI/UX

  • Adjust the appearance of the freelancer bidding list in the project detail page.


 “Accept” buttons are seamlessly displayed. No need to hover your mouse onto the budget as before


“Confirm bid acceptance” modal is displayed when employer clicks on “Accept” button


Only detailed info of the chosen freelancer shows up

  • The design of project detail tabs in both employer and freelancer profiles are changed as well.


Employer’s project details tab


Freelancer’s project details tab

  • Employer and freelancer’s public profiles have new appearances.


Employer’s public profile


Freelancer’s public profile

  • Bid acceptance modals (PayPal & Credit) are re-designed for better display.
  • New process-payment page for the bid acceptance.
  • Re-design the Private Message, Update Stripe Account form and the checkout via AE Stripe modal.

Bug fixes

  • From now on, the free package can only be purchased once per employer.
  • [FrE Credit] Notification is added when the filtering process shows no search results.
  • [FrE Credit] Notification is now sent to admin once employer re-submits his project.
  • When “Free to submit listing” option is enabled, admin will receive a notifying email whenever there’s a new post on site.
  • “Featured project” is no longer available. The Feature Project tab in Homepage is hidden as well.
  • Fix some minor bugs in private message.
  • No longer double the deposited amount on the credit balance.
  • Purchase to bid” button in the user’s profile is hidden if you disable the “Pay to Bid” option (Engine Settings Settings Freelancer).
  • Also, the pricing plan is also hidden if you enable the “Free to submit listing” option (Engine SettingsSettings Payment).
  • Fix some bugs of reCAPTCHA.
  • Better translation support for email.

*NOTE: Along with FreelanceEngine 1.7.11, AE Stripe 1.3.2, AE Stripe Escrow 1.2.1, FrE Private Message 1.1.7 and FrE Credit 1.1.6 extensions are also updated to the latest version.

View FreelanceEngine 1.7.11 changelog.

Above are all new changes and bug fixes in FreelanceEngine 1.7.11. If you have any questions, please contact

  • Matthew Taylor
    Nov  08TH,  2016

    Thank you. You should also show right in this windows the steps to update. Yes I know there is the help and what have you but it would be a great convenient for new custmers.

    Dr. Taylor

    • Thao Le
      Nov  08TH,  2016

      Hi Matthew,
      This blog post is the updated news announcing you new changes, feature improvements, and other bug fixes. Regarding your concerning, updating the theme is a repeated work and there are many steps, so we cannot show it on every blog post.
      However, we will consider your suggestion and insert the link guiding new customers to update the theme into our updated news.
      Currently, you should visit the tutorial proving you detailed steps to update your theme:
      Let me know if you need any assistance.

  • Gla Oak
    Nov  08TH,  2016

    These are important changes. I am so so happy with this theme. You guys decided not to work with thousands of plugins on the market (instead, it comes with everything) and this is a gigantic plus . So far I have found no bugs. What it promises to deliver, it delivers it. And it does it well and easy!

    There are three things (one is not so difficult) that would put your (or our) theme on the top of the world :
    a) it would be great to have a date to close the bidding process. A plus would be to allow the user to choose it. Or a checkbox saying the employers/seller reserved the right to accept any offer prior to deadline (easier and it accomplishes the same goal):
    b) Milestone is a great enhancement. It helps the parties move on progressively with clear agreements. No regrets. It only needs to have middle payments. The Stripe platform can do this, I believe. That would give the full power of milestones.
    c) And last, but not the least at all, escrows should be a choice. Now, no escrow, no payment inside the site. There are legal issues (in many countries) with the site as it is. For sure in the US.
    Ideal: user chooses, IF
    i) escrow (current theme),
    ii) no escrow.
    Both with payments.
    IF escrow,
    i) payments at the beginning (current theme) or beginning of each milestone or
    ii) at the end of each milestone/project.
    This would solve two extreme important problems:
    1) everyone can get paid through the site.
    2) strict regulations about escrows (California allows only 2 internet escrow companies to provide such services; anyone can apply…) would be no problem anymore when payments go straight to one party. It’s a light escrow 🙂
    Thank you so much.
    ***Very good work, Keep it up! ***

    • uyen uyen
      Nov  24TH,  2016

      Good afternoon from Saigon, Gla Oak!

      Thank you for sending such kind and enthusiastic comments, I certainly appreciate hearing them. Your positive feedback allows me to know our efforts are appreciated and you’re enjoying our theme.
      Regarding all your suggestions, all have been forwarded to our Product Team to consider. We also do have some other exciting features on our plate, and should anything change about your request, we’ll make sure you are the first to know.


  • Layal Yasin
    Nov  10TH,  2016

    Thanks for the wonderful updates!
    let me just add this idea if you might consider it in the future, allowing payments for each milestone..

    • uyen uyen
      Nov  24TH,  2016

      Hello Layal,

      Thanks a lot for your suggestion.
      We really appreciate it. This is something we can add to our list of feature requests. This way it can be taken into consideration for future development. All of these items are discussed with our team internally and prioritized based on the amount of interest a particular feature might receive.

      Many thanks,

  • Ralph Castle
    Nov  24TH,  2016

    Can you provide any update as to when FreelanceEngine will have the ability for the Employer to select multiple Freelancers to work on a single job? This would be a tremendous enhancement!!!!

    • uyen uyen
      Nov  24TH,  2016

      Hello Ralph,
      Thanks a lot for reaching out.
      We, actually, have a plan to implement an extension that allows multiple Freelancers to work on a project. However, we have been occupied in a ton of tasks to improve FreelanceEngine and unfortunately, we have no specific plan to code that extension right now. Please keep following our blog the get the latest news.
      Thanks a lot for your understanding.


  • ShamimaIslam
    Dec  23RD,  2016

    Thanks for taking the time to talk about this, I feel strongly about it and really like mastering more on this subject. If feasible, as you acquire experience, would you mind updating your blog with much more information and facts? It is very helpful for me.

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