To configure Bidder Registration for your auction, start by clicking on Website from the main Auction Dashboard menu. Then click on Bidder Registration under the "Online Features" sidebar menu. This will open the Bidder Registration page.
Bidder Number Assignment
- Automatically assign bidder#'s
Control when bidder#'s will be automatically assigned if not specified
- Next assigned bidder#
The system will attempt to use this number as the next assigned bidder#
In the Bidder Registration section, you can see the current status of this feature. If this is a new auction, the status will be No (disabled). To enable this feature, edit the section (click the blue pencil icon) and check the box for Allow bidders to register online.
When Bidder Registration online is enabled, you can specify a time frame for when it will be available.
- Allow bidder registration from
You can leave this setting blank if you don't want to specify a start time.
- Allow bidder registration til
You can leave this setting blank if you don't want to specify an end time.
You can leave the registration times blank if you do not want to specify, or require, a start/end time.
The Bidder Registration time frame is different from and not connected to the Online Bidding time frame.
When enabling online registration, you should also have created an auction website as well.
The time period specified here affects all bidder registration and purchases on the website.
For items that should only be sold at specific times, use the "override" fields on the Item Details page of those items.
- Allow bidders to save credit cards
Several options are available for saving bidder credit card information with your auction data. If you have a credit card processing enabled for your account, then you can specify either of the Yes options below to save credit card data.
- Meal Choices
Enter the list of meal choices to present bidders if they have bought tickets through the website.
See Meal Choices for more details.
Who Can Register
There are two means of restricting who can function as a bidder in the auction. You can ensure that all bidders get pre-approval and also restrict the internet domains for the bidders.
- Bidders must be pre-approved
Pre-approval: The default setting here is No. This means that a bidder may register even if there is no existing bidder record for the auction. If set to Yes, enabling the pre-approval restriction, then bidders must get pre-approval (ie. their bidder record must already exist in the system). When the bidder registers, a bidder record must pre-exist that matches the bidder email address. This requires that you pre-populate the auction with details on any bidder that is allowed to register. To enable bidder for pre-approval, click the 'check box'.
- Domains bidders are limited to
Limit by Internet domain name: You can also restrict bidder registration to email addresses that come from specific domains. To add a list of domains, that will be considered restricted, simply click the Empty link and enter one or more domains as a comma-separated list. It's important to enter only the domain name, for example mycompany.com, relatedcompany.com. If this setting is left as Empty, a bidder can register with any email address.
You can choose to send notifications when a bidder completes a registration.
Select Yes to 'Send bidder#' in email if you want each registrant to receive their bidder number ahead of time.
If you don't want the organization to receive notifications regarding each bidder registration, then choose No for Notify organization of bidder activity.