Developing auction sites is an excellent idea. Thanks to the powerful WordPress themes, building professional quality auction site has never been easier. And Auction Theme from Sitemile is one of the most popular themes for that purpose.
Coming from SiteMile, Auction Theme is a fully featured theme with all the necessary options for creating intuitive, user-friendly auction sites. In today’s post, I will take a close look at the Auction Theme. I will introduce you to the available features, options and user experience of this wonderful theme.
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Auction Theme From Sitemile
First of all, download and install Auction Theme in your WordPress site. Once you activate the theme, you will be asked to install two plugins – WPPageNavi and Breadcrumb NavXT. Install and activate the plugins.
The theme will create two new menu items in your WordPress Dashboard – Auction Theme and Auctions.
Among them, “Auction Theme” includes all the options for controlling and customizing your auction site. And the “Auctions page” lets you manage the auctions.
Customizing the Theme
There are 22 sub-menus of the Auction Theme menu. While it is not possible to discuss them in details, I will briefly talk about each of them. Let’s start with the site summary.
As the name suggests, this page displays a summary of the auction site. You can view the number of auctions, open and close auction, number of total users, etc.
This page includes all the basic settings for the auctions. You can find all the options related to auction in this page. There are also separate tabs for Facebook and Twitter Connect.
This option only works if you have turned on the ‘Enable Max Bid’ option from the General Options. Here, you can define the increment value for the bids.
As the name suggests, this section includes all the options related to emails and email templates. You can choose a custom name and email address for the sent emails. There are separate tabs for customizing the email notifications for various events. You can provide custom subject and content for the emails.
You will find all the price related options in this section. You can choose the site currency, currency symbol, symbol position, decimal separator, thousands separator, etc. In separate options, there are additional options for customizing the listing fees, other fees and custom commission fees.
If you want to charge fees for posting new auction and to bid in running auctions, you can do these from this section. It is possible to set different prices for different categories.
If the default fields are not enough for you, you can easily create new custom fields from this section. Available post types include text, select, radio, checkbox and large text area. The custom fields could be applied to all categories or specific categories only.
This section includes the image related options. It is possible to apply a limit to the number of images per auction. You can also apply charges for adding photos.
This is another important settings section for your website. You can set the necessary payment options from this section. Available payment methods include PauyPal, Payza/AlertPay, Skrill, iDeal, Amazon, Chronopay, and Bank Payment.
This is an alternative to the listing fees feature. You can create different membership packs with separate names, amount and the number of items per month.
After a user has added balance to his account, he can withdraw money from his account. Once he makes a successful request, it will be shown as an unresolved request. You have the options to accept or reject it. There are separate tabs for resolved requests, rejected requests along with search options.
As the name suggests, this section will provide a list of the escrows. There are two types available – Open Escrows and Completed Escrows.
In this section, you can see the current balance of each user. You will also find the username, email address, date of registration and separate options to increase or decrease the balance for each user.
When an auction ends, both the seller and the winner need to rate each other. You will find the reviews in this section. You can view the rated user, auction name, rating point, description and time for each rating.
Here, you can see the private messages that are sent by the users. For each message, you can view the sender, receiver, subject and time. There are separate links for viewing and deleting the message. You can also search for messages by a specific user.
In this section, you will find a detailed history of all the transactions that took place on your auction site. For each transaction, you can view the description, username, date and amount.
Various types of orders are displayed in this section. The available options include – not paid orders, paid & not shipped orders, paid & shipped orders.
The various layout options for your auction site could be chosen from this section. You can choose any of the five layout options. There are also separate tabs for the header, footer, and the color options.
If you want to display advertisement on your site, this is the section you are looking for. Here, you will find separate options to display ads on the homepage, header, auction page, category page and the single blog posts.
This section lets you connect Google Analytics or other tracking tools to your site. You will find dedicated fields for pasting the tracking code directly.
How to Add a New Auction
To add a new auction, go to Auction -> Add New Auction. You can hover over the ‘+ New’ link on the top menu and select ‘Auction’. Both of them will take you to a page like the following –
First of all, there are the usual title and description fields. Then, you will find separate fields for the excerpt, author, any custom field, auction images and the shipping method. For the shipping, you can choose flat shipping or variable shipping.
On the right side, there are additional configuration options for the auction. In the ‘Auction Details’ section, you can set the renewal options, start price, reserve price, buy now price and quantity. You can also choose to feature the auction, allow offers and set the end date.
And at the bottom, there are separate options for choosing the tags, category, location, shipping options and featured image for the auction.
After making all the necessary changes, click ‘Publish’. This will add the auction into the auctions list of your site.
You will find a list of all auction in the Auctions -> Auctions page. This page will display the auctions along with all the relevant information. For each auction, you will find the title, author, tags, date, the number of comments, price, expiry date, and the thumbnail for each auction.
Hovering over the auction name will provide some additional options – edit, quick edit, trash, and view.
Exploring the Theme Outlook
Now, let’s take a look at the actual outlook of the theme. I have added two sample auctions on my test site. And this is how the front page looks –
As you can see, the available auctions are listed on the front page. All auctions will have a ‘Read More’ button. And for the auction(s) you post, there will be two additional buttons – Edit Auction and Delete. I guess I don’t have to explain them. Each auction also has a button for adding the item to your watchlist.
On the right side of the auction, you will find the necessary information like the starting price, buy now price, the number of bids, time of posting and expiry date.
Clicking on the auction title or the read more button will open the auction. In the auction page, you will find all the available details about the item. If there are images available, you can view them by clicking on the images. Below, you will find the description, number of bids, image gallery and location of the item in Google Maps.
If you want to place a bid, you have to provide your amount in the box right below the current bid price. Then, clicking the ‘Place Bid’ button will take care of the rest.
On the right side, you will find seller information, shipping charges, and other details. There are two buttons too. Among them, the ‘Contact Seller’ button lets you send a private message to the seller. And the ‘Report Auction’ section lets you report problematic auctions.
License Cost / Price
Auction theme is available at a standard price of $69. Though, you can also buy club membership if you are panning to include any other themes from Sitemile in your bundle.
Creating auctions sites enable you to sell various items at a competitive price. And the Auction Theme is the perfect tool for creating a fully functional auction sites in WordPress.
So, do you have an auction site? If yes, which there are you using?