Andrei over at SiteMile.com gave me a copy of his WordPress Auction Plugin 1.0 to try out on a project and review. You can see the nice auctions this plugin produces, I installed the plugin to a new WP site DotComFarm.com. The script allows WP admins and subscribers (if you choose) to add nice, functional auction style sales to the sidebar of WordPress sites.
This is a very stable plugin and it worked fine with all three themes that I tested it out with. Once you install and activate the WordPress Auction Plugin, you will see the auction plug-in control panel in the left sidebar of your WP dashboard. From the control panel you can manage and add auctions, customize your auction inputs and create/distribute credits. Be sure that your auction widget is activated within the widget control panel in your WP dashboard as well or your auctions will not appear on your site.
I am very impressed with how easy it is to add/modify auctions and distribute credits using this plugin. The actual auctions look very sleek and professional as you can add pictures and a BIN price to your auctions if you choose. This tool works perfectly for selling domain names on your own site! Only registered users are allowed to bid on or add auctions, you can create and distribute credits easily to your members once they register (subscribe) to your WP blog. As of now the script does not handle the paypal payments between users for products, so once an auction is closed (or purchased at BIN) you have to arrange payment, transfer (shipping), etc.. via information you collect when bidders register. Andrei just released version 1.1 this morning with some extra features, same low price!
If you purchase this plugin, be sure to mention you found it here 🙂 As well, find your way to DotComFarm.com and register for the dcf Available Domain Names Newsletter and receive your first 50 free credits! You’ll be able to bid/list auctions and even advertise your names in our newsletter with your credits.