How To Create An Auction Website – 7 Simple Steps


Bart Keating


2019 February 5th at 5:08


Most people know what an auction website is thanks to the popular platform, eBay. This multi-million dollar company allows you to buy and sell products based on a bidding system.

But did you know, that you can make a website like eBay, all by yourself? This is what we're going to learn here.

In this article, I’m going to tell you how to build an auction website so that you can start making money in your sleep.

During this tutorial, I used WordPress with the WP Auctions plugin because I feel it offers the most choice in terms of personalization. If you already have a website, and WordPress installed on it - just move to step 5. But for everyone else, I recommend tagging along for a ride and seeing how 

Without further ado, these are 7 simple steps on how to create an auction website:

  1. Determine the goals of your auction website
  2. Buy a domain name
  3. Choose a hosting provider
  4. Install WordPress
  5. Download and install the WP Auctions plugin
  6. Adjust the WP Auctions plugin settings
  7. Run your first test auction

1. Determine the goals of your auction website

To create an auction website, you don't have to follow the same model as eBay. In fact, you can create a much smaller scale version for a specific target audience.

Smaller auction sites are great if you want to keep full control of the items being auctioned off.

Plus, there are plenty of large scale auction sites now available so going small and choosing a niche could set you apart from competitors.

For example, if you’re creating it for personal use or for non-profit work, you may want to go down a more personalized route than eBay. Whatever the purpose of your auction website, align the design of it to meet your goals.

2. Buy a domain name

Before you can create your auction site, you need to buy a domain name. I recommend you choose your company name followed by ".com". That said, if this isn’t available, you could go for .me, .org, .net, and various other alternatives.

Whatever domain name you choose, it should be easy to read and memorable so that customers can find you without too much hassle.

3. Choose a hosting provider

Once you have your domain name, choose a hosting provider that can run WordPress. There are thousands for you to choose from but, you must ensure that you go for hosting that is fast and comes with good encryption. Some popular options include A2 Hosting, Hostinger, and InMotion Hosting, among others.

88ms response time is twice faster than a blink!

4. Install WordPress

Installing WordPress shouldn’t take you more than five minutes.

You must start by downloading the most current version of WordPress. Then, unzip the downloaded file to a folder on your hard drive and create a secure password for your secret key.

create auction website WordPress download

The next step will depend on your hosting provider. If the one you chose can run WordPress then it should have a WordPress database set up for you.

The WordPress installation process takes only a few minutes but, this varies depending on the hosting provider. 

5. Download and install the WP Auctions plugin

Now that you've installed WordPress, you’re going to have to download the WP Auctions plugin so that you can run auctions from your site.

You can do this from your dashboard by clicking on “Plugins” followed by “Add New”.

Then, search for WP Auctions plugin and click on “Install Now”.

create auction website plugin installation

Once the installation is complete, click on “Installed Plugins” on your dashboard. There, you’ll have a full view of all of your plugins and all you have to do is click “Activate” next to WP Auctions.

By activating the plugin it will automatically appear in your dashboard.  

create auction website plugin activation

6. Adjust the WP Auctions plugin settings

Before you create your first auction, there are some adjustments you should make to your plugin settings.

Start by clicking on “WP Auctions” in your sidebar.

This will take you to the settings. In the “General Settings” section, rename your auction title, choose your preferred currency, enter your email address, and select which type of users can bid on products.

create auction website plugin settings

Then, scroll down the page to alter the payment options.

Make sure to double check all the information you input as these will be the details to which all of your payments will go. After all, you don’t want to put in all the hard work without getting paid, right?

7. Run your first test auction

Once you've adjusted your auction settings, run a test auction to get an idea of what it will look like on your site.

You can do this by clicking on “WP Auctions” followed by “Add An Auction”.

This will take you to a page where you can add all the relevant information about your auction. From here, you can add a title, description, images, the starting bid, the end date of your auction, and your preferred payment method.

create auction website adding auction

Next, scroll down the page to add your shipping choices. You’ll also see an “Optional Settings” box which will allow you to upload extra images as well as choose whether you want the auction to show in an AJAX popup or not.

create auction website test auction

When you’ve finished adding all the information about your auction and have chosen your preferred settings, click “Add Auction”. If you’d like to view your live auctions, simply click “Manage” under the “WP Auctions” tab in your dashboard.

This will give you a complete overview of all of your auctions.

Additional Step: Make An Auction On A Separate Page

Using the WP Auctions plugin, you have the option to create the auction in an AJAX pop-up window or in a page of its own within WordPress. To make your auction its own page, follow these steps:

  1. Add a new auction
  2. Fill in all the auction details and shipping information
  3. In “Optional Settings”, click on “No, show auction in a post” followed by “Add Auction”
  4. Navigate to your dashboard and add a new page
  5. Underneath the main editor, click “Insert Auction” and choose your auction

Once you’ve created your first auction, visit your site to check for any design flaws. You’ll also be able to see if you made any mistakes when inputting the details of your auction.

And there you have it - that's the way to make an auction website, using WordPress and one simple plugin. Hope you'll be up and running in no time -and may your gavel be loud!

Bart Keating

Experienced in copywriting, SEO and creative writing (journalism, blogging, poetry, lullabies etc.). Public communication bachelor and HoReCa expert. A strange sense of humor but bearable. Has a beard, a cat, a fiancee, a hedgehog, and a brand new pug.

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Ivan Largo

2019 July 28th

Thanks for the article/mini but comprehensive tutorial
Good advice.
Some devil-in-the-details question follow.
Hope you answer the following:
Would an auction created according to your article work for mobile?.
Can people participate using their cell phones in an auction created following the process you indicate?
How simultaneous auctions can be carried out?

Ivan Largo