17 Comments


  1. Sounds like a great plug-in. The big problem of course will be eyes. If your blog gets tons of visitors, then this will surely be a hit. If you are like most of us, with mediocre viewership, then it’s hard to stay away from the gazillions of visitors that eBay gets every day.

    That said, if I win a copy, I’ll happily install it.

    Tom


  2. I am SO glad to learn about this plugin! Our Administrative Council at my community college hosts an online auction every year to raise money for our scholarship fund. Every year it gets larger and raises more money – GOOD THING. Each year it gets larger and a bit harder to manage online using photo galleries and cobbled-together webpages and scripts – NOT SO GOOD THING.

    Now that we have WPMU installed, this plugin would be a great way to run our auction! Getting the plugin free would also cut our costs so even MORE money would go to the scholarship fund!

    I am so happy to know about this one. Makes me continue to think that there is nothing WordPress cannot do.


  3. Looks very promising from your review. I do like the widget auction function that makes it easier to place a live auction on the front page without cluttering up auctions with content. It looks much better than the phpBay.com script that just performs an ebay/wordpress affiliate link. I also like the capacity of hosting and running my own auctions.

    I’m going to seriously consider implementing this script in the new version of BazaarCatalog.com (a non-profit group that supports the less fortunate).

    One question I would have in the options settings is if you turn on the “Buy it now” option… once the auction is live and someone makes the starting bid… does the “buy it now” button disappear with the first bid, or does it stay up until the auction bid prices rises above (or near) the “buy it now” price? (I hope that wasn’t confusing… it makes perfect sense to me… :)


  4. @Benjamin – The “Buy it now” function does not disappear once a bid has been placed. However, if you set a “Buy it now” price and the bidding goes above then you may let the bid price go up and disable the buy it now price from the backend of your blog.

    There is also the option to set only a “buy it now” price without having it go to auction bidding at all.

  5. Danny G Smith

    I have a few specific questions if the author is watching. I had to implement an auction for in-house use, and needed several different types of account. In one category, and I use that loosely, because I ended up having to create a whole separate instance for it, we needed the ability to transfer items at no cost. Basically, it was just transferring equipment such as a monitor or printer from one department to another, so, it was a first come first serve with no cost. The other category was just a traditional auction. So I guess my question is can you create different top level categories that only allow transfer, at zero cost, and have separate sub categories, like monitors etc.
    I would then create a separate traditional category with sub categories, for a traditional auction.
    I would love a copy by the way :)


  6. had a quick glance at the plugin page, still 2 questions open:

    - how about authentication? I mean whats stopping random people to sign up and bid? The verification process lies completely with me, right?
    - how much ‘overhead’ does the plugin add in terms of DB calls… just curios to know about the performance as I’d like to know up to which ‘size’ I can scale the thing… in terms of how many visitors, bidders, etc…

  7. Chris

    Sorry for my english (i’m french) but the plugin support accents ? (é,à,ç, …)

    It’ seems to be a great one in all case :)


  8. Things I would love to see added or questions answered are:

    Google Checkout (Paypal seems to be always raising their fees)
    This ability to “automate” the auctions. (Example: For me to cue up a bunch of auction items one after the other. Once one auction is over, the next auction begins. This would also allow you to feature “upcoming” auctions that aren’t live yet.)
    Does the auction “close” time get extended with last minute bids? I like how the plugin will email bidders saying they have been outbid, but will the auction extend in order to give participants a chance to rebid?

    I also like ovidiu’s questions, especially about the verification of accounts.


  9. @ovidiu: Regarding verification, the plugin has 2 “modes”. In the first instance you can allow anyone who likes to place a bid on the auction. You have the option to delete bids you think may be dodgy from the auction backend, in which case the next bid in line reverts to being the winner of the auction. You also have the option of restricting bidding to users who are registered with your blog (i.e. have a WordPress account). You can choose to moderate these users through WordPress user administration and apply any verification process you wish.

    Regarding performance the plugin is designed to be as lightweight as possible. The popup uses AJAX calls to refresh its data so that the whole page doesn’t have to be refreshed. Besides the actual bid placing, most of the other DB calls are fine grained reads so it should scale quite nicely.

    Hope this helps

    Hope this helps.


  10. Pretty cool plugin. Can the users create aunctions, or simply the admin ?
    I would use it if users can create their own aunction on my website.


  11. @Francois – At the moment, you can only add and administer auctions if you’re an admin on the blog (minimum level 8).

    We considered opening it up, but if you reduce the level people will be able to amend and delete each other’s auctions and mess with their bids. In order to do it properly we’d need to assign an “owner” to each auction .. hmm .. I’ll add it to our “requested features” list so we can think about it properly and work through all the possibilities.


  12. So today, I’ve gone through the random number picker between 1-7 which is the total number of unique comments published on this post. Comment number 4 which is Danny G Smith was chosen. What I did was close my eyes and just clicked the Get Random button a bunch of times. Congratulations Danny, Hyder will be in touch with you to get you a copy of the plugin and thanks to everyone who commented on the review. I hope you all found it helpful in some way.

  13. Larry Wilcox

    I’m thinking that this might be just the ticket for local area auctions. Then the “fewer eyes” issue is less of an issue and you can promote locally.

  14. Enoch Woodhouse

    This is just the plug in that I have been looking for. Is the functionality limited to WP blogs or can it be used with other blogging interfaces, like Weebly? Is installing the plug in as simple as pasting code onto a blog editor or is it more complex than that?

    I would really enjoy a copy if the plug in is compatible with Weebly.


  15. @Enoch Woodhouse – Sorry Enoch, it has to be used on a self hosted WordPress blog.

    However, we are working on a solution where everyone can use it. Should be releasing it soon. Stay subscribed to WP Tavern for the news.

    @Jeff – We’ll give you an exclusive if you want it ;-)



  16. Pretty excited about this plugin. It may turn out to be just what I need. I want lengthier auctions because I want to offer things that are fairly rare. I’m going to give it a whirl once I figure out where I want to set it up.

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