Want to create an eBay style auction site in WordPress? Looking for a WordPress auction plugin that allows you to host your own auctions? In this article, we will show you how to build an online auction site using WordPress.
First thing you need to do is install and activate the Ultimate WordPress Auction Plugin.
Upon activation, Ultimate WordPress Auction plugin will add a new menu item labeled ‘Ultimate Auction’ in your WordPress admin area. You need to click on it to go to the settings page.
You need to start by choosing the currency and the payment method. By default, the plugin supports PayPal, cheque, and wire transfer options. Once you have selected the payment method, you will need to save your changes.
Next, click on the payment tab to configure the payment method you selected.
For PayPal payments, you will need to enter your PayPal email address. You can also choose Live or Sandbox mode. Sandbox allows you to test your website payment workflow and run test transactions in PayPal.
If you do choose sandbox, make sure to change it to live when your site is ready for general public.
Adding a New Auction
To add a new auction, simply click on the Add Auction tab under Ultimate Auction menu.
You will need to provide a title for the auction and a long description. After that you can provide a short description and upload pictures and/or videos.
Below that you can configure your auction options like opening price, minimum bid, buy now price, and auction end time.
Once you are satisfied, click on the save changes button.
Displaying Auctions on Your WordPress Site
The beauty of creating an auction site in WordPress with a plugin is that you DO NOT need a specific WordPress auction theme.
You can display all your auctions on the front-end of your site fairly easily. Simply create a new WordPress page and enter this shortcode:
After that, just publish the page, and it will display all your auctions.
If you want to add the auction page to your site’s navigation menus, then you will need to visit Appearance » Menus.
Under the pages section, click on view all and then select your auction page. Next, click on the Add to menu button, and you will notice an Auction page appear as a tab on the right hand column. Click on the Save Menu button to store your settings.
Allowing Users to Create Auctions on Your Site
If you want to build a small community of buyers and sellers in your specific niche, then Ultimate Auction plugin is perfect for that as well, but you will need the Pro version.
The basic free plugin only allows YOU to add auctions on your site. The ability to allow users to create auctions is limited to their pro version.
With pro version you will be able to manage users, allow them to post auctions, and charge them listing fees for each auction.
We hope this article helped you turn WordPress into an online auction site. You may also want to check out our guide on how to create a job board, image rating site, coupon site, and a questions and answers site in WordPress.
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