# Bidder Registration
To configure Bidder Registration for your auction, click 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.
For events created prior to January 2020 please see Bidder Registration 2019 for details on Bidder Registration.
# 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#
# Online Bidder Registration
Online Bidder Registration must be enabled for bidders to be able to purchase tickets or register online. You can optionally configure a "from" (start) and "til" (end) date and time for registration to be open or leave these settings undefined to control registration manually.
Enable online bidder registration and ticket purchases
Bidder registration allows bidders to sign up for the event via the auction web site.
Allow bidder registration without tickets
Allow bidders to register without purchasing tickets. This also controls the visibility of the "Register" link in the Header content block.
Prompt bidders to set up accounts
Prompt bidders to setup an account when registering/checking out.
Text to show bidders to ask them for an 'opt-in' permission
If set then guests will be presented with this text during online checkout/registration so they can opt-in to email updates, etc.
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.
The time period specified here affects all bidder registration and purchases on the website.
When enabling online registration, you should also have created an auction website as well.
The Bidder Registration time frame is different from and not connected to the Online Bidding time frame.
Items that should only be sold at specific times should use the "override" start and end time fields on their Item Details page.
# Online Payment Options
Allow credit cards as an online checkout option (if enabled)
Allow bidders to pay by credit card during online checkout (requires credit card processing to be enabled).
Offer 'pay later' as an online checkout option
Allow bidders to add the amount owing to their account during online checkout.
Allow bidders to save credit cards
'Yes, on by default' - bidders' cards will be saved during registration or purchases by default.
'Yes, off by default' - bidders will have the option of saving their card but will need to check a box.
'No' - bidders will not be offered the choice of saving a credit card.
# Registration Options
Enter a comma separated list of meal choices to present to bidders when they are registering for example:
Require meal choice
If meal choices are defined, require that a meal choice is entered for each guest.
Allow bidders to enter comments during checkout/registration
Allow bidders to leave comments when checking out and/or registering for the event. When enabled, this will display the comment box on the right side of the Checkout form.
- The comment text can be edited by double-clicking it to open its Edit Content window. See the Text Element element Edit Text section for more details on this popup window.
# Registration Contact Options
Set which contact details will be requested and, as set, required.
- Request bidder's address
- Require bidder's address
- Request bidder's phone#
- Require bidder's phone#
- Request bidder's company
- Request reference number from bidder
- Request bidder's seating preference
# Registration Guest Contact Options
Set which guest contact details will be requested and, as set, required.
- Require guests's name
- Require guests's email
- Require guests's address
- Require guests's phone#
# 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.