Ultimate WordPress Auction Plugin

Description

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Ultimate WordPress Auction plugin allows easy and quick way to setup auctions on your site.
Simple and flexible, Lots of features, very configurable. Easy to setup. Great support.

PRO Theme Features

1. Responsive UI
2. Professional design 
3. Home Page with Grid and List views
4. My Dashboard Page
5. Auction Detail Page
6. Auction Search Page with Facets
7. Login & Register pages
8. Blog
9. Contact Us page
10. About page
11. Inherits all features of PRO Plugin.

PRO Plugin Features

1. Reverse Auction
2. Registered Users can add auction to your site.
3. Front End Dashboard for users to add/manage auction.
4. PROXY BIDDING feature
5. Automatic Time Extension to AVOID SNIPPING.
6. Admin can charge LISTING FEE to users to post auction.
7. Admin can charge COMMISSIONS FEE on final bidding price.   
8. Add SHIPPING/POSTAGE fee to auctions.
9. CATEGORIZE Auction in different categories.
10. Smart SEARCH feature for finding auctions.
11. PAYPAL invoicing for handling payment.
12. Schedule auction for later date
13. Add more than 4 IMAGES to auction
14. Add To WATCHLIST feature
15. BULK IMPORT feature
16. WIDGET to show auction.
17. Add Tax amount

Free Plugin (Core) Features

1. Registered User can place bids 
2. Ajax Admin panel for better management.
3. Add standard auctions for bidding
4. Buy Now option with paypal
5. Upload multiple product images
6. Show auctions in your timezone        
7. Paypal ready payment settings
8. Set Reserve price for your product
9. Set Bid incremental value for auctions
10. Ability to edit, delete & end live auctions
11. Re-activate Expired auctions
12. Email notifications to bidders for placing bids
13. Email notification to Admin for all activity
14. Email Sent for Payment Alerts
15. Outbid Email sent to all bidders who has been outbid.
16. Count Down Timer for auctions.
17. Lightbox feature to display auction images
18. Ability to Cancel last bid 
and Much more...

Free Plugin Display Features

1. Auction feed Page which shows excertps of live auctions
2. Pagination feature for feed page
3. Auction Detail page via wordpress custom post
4. Comments section for each auction page
5. Send Private Message section for each auction page
6. Tested with multiple WordPress theme

Installation

IMPORTANT

Please backup your wordpress database before you install/uninstall/activate/deactivate/upgrade Ultimate WordPress Auction Plugin.

Manual Installation

  1. Upload the ultimate-auction folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory

  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

  3. Visit Settings tab of the plugin and enter “payment settings” and general settings.

  4. After you have setup your settings you can go to “Add Auction” tab to add your auction.

  5. After you have added auctions, go to “Pages” inside your admin dashboard and add a new page.

  6. Enter this text “[wdm_auction_listing]” as a shortcode inside this new page and publish it.

  7. If you have a Default WordPress theme installed then the page you published (on step 6) will be accessible through top menu bar. NOTE: For Custom themes you would be required to add the page on top menu bar.

This page is responsible for displaying all live auctions. If you click a specific auction on this page, it’ll open specific auction page where your visitors can place bids and perform all actions related to tht auction.

Reviews

Easy to use and great support!

I purchased the Pro version and found this plugin is quite easy to set up on the back end and user friendly for visitors.
The support for Pro has been great with quick replies and solutions.

Great plugin just what we need

Really like the plugin, it perfectly fits the plan we have for running an auction to raise funds for a good cause. Works well with other plugins, e.g. to customize the wordpress user registration/login.

Scrolling

We used this plugin for our strong kids campaign for our non profit organization. We were having issues with the scrolling not working. I emailed Nitesh and within a few days he got back to me. He was able to resolve our issue. Thank you !
A+ 5 stars

Plus the plugin is mobile compatible. Responsive!

Good unless you want to do advanced things

This plugin is great to get an auction up and running quickly. If you want to do anything advanced is where you can run into road blocks.

Here are some road blocks and issues I’ve ran into.

Stylesheets aren’t set up properly. They are “enqueued” but not registered. Same for scripts. This means each and every page includes these files. Your homepage will have these scripts, your contact page etc. This is terrible for web page performance in most instances since it loads assets not needed for the page.

In an ideal world only the pages which include the shortcode would also use those scripts.

The problem with how they are included is if you want to over write or use WordPress’ dequeue_style or script you have to then pull those out and include them in your own theme under a different name and then register and queue them.

This also causes you to have to almost fight how the auctions are styled with specificity.

The included css files also use !important throughout it. Making things a pain to over ride

Javascript (Jquery) is sprinkled inline throughout the page. Instead of having one script loaded in the footer you can go through each and every area that has a click event listener and beneath it will be an inline script tag and stylesheets are also included inside the body of the page.

There are old HTML tags used. For instance the tag <center> is used. This tag was deprecated and considered obsolete in HTML4 so almost 17 years ago now.

There are table attributes and table children elements used without any opening or closing table tags.

In the backend user dashboard and the main auction feeder page there are tons of inline styles on elements, div’s being used for spans, text inside div’s with out paragraph tags or heading tags. Labels for checkboxes not in label tags just placed inline next to the check box.

Modal / dialog boxes use javascript:void(0) – along with the rest of the inline javascript – violates a content security policy. So if you have this enabled your entire application / website will not function since click listeners are inline… ie: <a id="loginmodel" href="javascript:void(0)" class="login" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#login-modal">Login</a>

Content Security Policies will also break if you don’t allow unsafe inline because of the inline javascript.

Now if you’re just wanting to get going, not worried about page performance and don’t use a Content Security Policy then this hits all the right areas. The over all functions of this plugin do everything it says it will. Is easy to setup. I just wish it followed some more “modernish” best practices and allowed us the user to over ride styles and layout easier.

Poor support, spams bidders with emails

I used this for a while, trying it out with the free version and then upgrading to the PayPal invoice module. The PayPal invoice module wasn’t working properly, and there’s pretty much no support for that, despite it being paid for.

The free version was also spamming people who won auctions with notification emails with the result that they had to filter out emails from me.

Nitesh said that if I got the full version he could sort out the email spamming issue, so I did. But the support was intermittent and the email problem never went away. In the end I gave up out of frustration and found another plugin which works properly.

In the pro version, you also can’t run auctions without the bidders logging in, and the login feature uses the basic wordpress log pages. It’s a usability nightmare for a user, they don’t even get redirected back to the acuction after subscribing to the blog.

The basic auction feature works fine and looks pretty good, but in my opinion this isn’t ready for serious applications. YMMV

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Contributors & Developers

“Ultimate WordPress Auction Plugin” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

3.7.7

  • Fix – Add auction wasn’t working properly when Ultimate Auction -> Settings -> Auction -> Allow users to bid -> “Only if they are logged in” was configured. This has been fixed.

3.7.6

  • Fix – Dutch Translation Files updated by Alex

3.7.5

  • Fix – Plugin would only show comments which are approved by admin.

3.7.4

  • Fix – False Error while adding auction about empty title and description has been fixed.

3.7.3

  • Fix – Added UAE’s currency support
  • Fix – Fixed South African currency symbol issue
  • Fix – Fixed multiple emails problem.

3.7.2

  • Fix – Missing file “see-more-bidder.php” has been checked in to fix Manage auction section

3.7.1

  • New Feature – Auction feeder and dedicated pages are made responsive.
  • New Feature – Now Bid is retained if non logged is redirected to login.
  • Fix – Localhost upload problem
  • Fix – Usernames are now hyperlinked to show their emails inside Manage auction section.

3.4.0

  • New Feature – Deleting auction would delete its images too.
  • New Feature – Manage Auction -> Expired auction -> Payment column would now highlight payment method for better readability.
  • Fix – Description text would appear without HTML code.
  • Fix – New layout for Settings tab and separate Payments tab to mention payment related details.

3.3.0

  • Fix – Plugin comments conflicts with theme/site comments.
  • Fix – Javascript code has been moved out in separate directory as it was previously posing problem with few wordpress themes.

3.2.0

  • Fix – Warning message appearing under manage auction.

3.1.0

  • Fix – Auction owner cannot place bid on his own auction
  • Fix – Feed page overlap issue for few WP themes.
  • Fix – Timer is now localized to be converted to local language.
  • Fix – Popup message saying “ʺyou can be winner if you amount is close to buy nowʺ is now rectified to show at correct time.

3.0.0

  • Code Update to support Proxy Bidding Addon. One needs to buy Proxy Bidding Addon for free plugin or PRO version for it.
  • Code Update to support Automatic Time Extension to avoid snipping. One needs to buy Proxy Bidding Addon for free plugin or PRO version for it.
  • Fix – Feed Page Image is now displayed by scaling it ratio wise which does not squeeze or blur the image.
  • Fix – Default Image when no images are loaded.
  • Fix – Lightbox Image container is fixed for no images. Earlier empty container was shown.

2.0.2

  • Fix – Email Notification is not working for some wordpress site.
  • Fix – Paypal link not proper for email clients like outlook.

2.0.1

  • Support for new Search feature – Plugin will integrate with Categories Addon to display categories and search box.
  • Auction short description field – New field added inside “Add Auction” form. This field is responsible in displaying auction excerpts (1 or 2 lines about auction) on feed page. Prior to this,
  • All prices on front end would display decimal values upto 2 places.
  • Bug – Fix provided for HTML Editor for auction description to accept new line characters.
  • Bug – Email Sent via plugin would have sender name as website name.

2.0.0

  • Plugin now supports Category Addon – If you want category feature then you need to buy category addon.
  • Added Countdown timer for auctions.
  • Breadcrumb added for dedicated auction.
  • Bid Now button added on feed page.
  • Lightbox feature to display auction images

1.0.5

  • HTML editor added for Product description field.
  • Bulk delete feature added for Manage Auction.
  • Feed page Shortcode Issue resolved: Use your own text below and above shortcode.
  • Resolved plugin conflicts: Renamed common variables which causes issues with other loosely coded plugins.
  • Bug Resolved pertaining to End Auction when 2 bidders are competing for auction till last minute.

1.0.4

  • Outbid Email which sends emails to all existing bidders that you have been outbid
  • Code to integrate with Shipping Cost Addon. This lets you add shipping cost in auctions.

1.0.3

  • Decimal Pricing is now possible.
    To make this work: Update your plugin to 1.0.3 & then deactivate & re-activate the plugin.

1.0.2

  • Pagination bug resolved

1.0.1

  • New Feature added where only registered users can place bids
  • Major CRLF bug resolved

1.0.0

Alpha Launch