This article is for those that want to build auction website. I intended to create one using a theme and plugin from WordPress so that I won’t have to make too big of an adjustment with another CMS as I was already familiar with WordPress anyway. I researched to find the right WordPress auction plugins and themes that I can use for my auction site. For those who intend to make an auction website, I came up with a list of what I consider are the best themes and plugins.
WordPress Auction Plugins
Should you choose to opt for a WordPress auction plugin instead of a theme, I have listed here three really good ones that can help you transform your blog into an auction website.
WordPress Auctions Plugin
This is a premium and tested plugin from SiteMile. With this, you can convert your existing blog into an auction site while still continuing your current blog activities. You can host your auctions and have a separate custom post type for them. The plugin also comes with widgets to make integration with your theme seamless.
Among its many features include a credit system where your users can use their credits when posting an auction, and buy credits through PayPal. It has an email notification system so that your users are kept up-to-date, especially when an auction is close to ending. It is both Google Maps and PayPal integrated. There are many more wonderful features so make sure to check their website.
With this powerful plugin, you can start your own online antique shop, a clothing store, jewelry and accessories shop, and so on. This plugin is priced at $49.
You can host auctions in your self-hosted WordPress site with this plugin. Installation and set up is pretty quick and you can hosting your first live auction in minutes. This plugin will let you create and host unlimited auctions, comes with five color designs to choose from, set your custom currency or choose from the nine options available, and more. The built in features also let you monitor your bids easily.
Your email notification system is highly customizable so that your users are kept informed when someone has won the bidding, someone gets outbidded, new bids are placed, and so on. You also get a sidebar widget so you can show your auctions. This plugin is priced at $25 and you can click here to download.
You can turn your WordPress blog into a tightly running auction site with this software. The best part is that this plugin was designed specifically for WordPress so that all its features complement and enhance your WordPress site.
The plugin makes your site PayPal ready, where your members will pay you to post their auctions or access your premium features. All the things you need to be able to manage your own professional auction site will be provided for you. You get auction showcase, auction listing, auction duration, reserve price, buy it now, and much more. The plugin costs $149
WordPress Auction Themes
SiteMile’s WordPress Auction Theme
Among the WordPress auction themes available now, this one is considered the best and most popular one. You will find that it is fully featured and its code very well written. This is a very good theme to use for your own auction website. WordPress auction theme is very easy to install and you can have your site running within minutes. Both bidders and sellers will benefit from the features this theme comes with. It is fully integrated with WordPress and comes with multiple payment gateways. What’s more, you can use this as your marketplace theme, too. You can set up your online shop and sell whatever merchandise you choose, be it material or electronic goods. You can purchase this theme for $69.90.
With AuctionPress, you get the tools necessary to build your auction website. It is easy to use and maintain, SEO optimized, and loaded with helpful features. With this theme, you can charge users when they submit their auctions, a private messaging system, verify registration, a feedback system, and many more. To check out all the benefits of this plugin, go to their official website. The Auction Press plugin is priced at $79.
The two themes I have listed above are the best WordPress auction themes at the moment. Check their websites to find out what more they can offer you.
Do you know any other WordPress auction plugin or theme? If so, please comment below.