How To Set Up An In-Person Event

There are several significant steps to setting up an In-Person Auction in Auctria. This How-To will help you throught he steps you should be considering.

You can add items from the main Auction Dashboard under Items -> Add New Item.


For an in-person event, these items should have their type set to Silent. See Item Types for more information on the different item types in Auctria. This is the Item Type that will allow the ability to use "paper" Bid Sheets to close out and record final bids.


You can continue the rest of the setup process before you finish adding all or any of your items. Items can be added at any time.

Please also ensure you have enabled the Participate in online bidding property for each of the Silent type items you want to allow "pre-bidding" before the in-person event.


An example using the default Online Bidding Times. Note: the default for this is `No.`

Add Admission Tickets For The Event

Many In-Person events will have tickets to help organizers track the number of things such as expected attendance, tables, seating arrangements, meal choices, etc. Using the Auctria Tickets functions will help.

To Create A Website, click on Website from the main Auction Dashboard sidebar, or the "Event Website" block.


Scroll down to view the available website templates in the Create Website section and click on the Select this template button to create your website.


There are numerous templates available; the above is only a tiny sampling.

After creating the website, you will still need to set its "address." Click the "pencil" icon to edit the Event Website ID address field.

Website Addresses should only use letters, numbers, and hyphens (-). Using other "special characters" or "punctuation" could make your auction website unreachable.


An example from a demonstration event.

The Event Website ID is the portion of the URL after In this case, the default Preferred Domain is being used. You can choose from more auction domains; see Set The Website Address for more information on these options.

Your guests should be able to easily recognize the address connected to your organization or the current fundraiser event.

Click the "checkmark" icon to save the Event Website ID you entered.


An example from a demonstration event.

This is where you will set the Online Bidding Times if you have Online Pre-bidding for your items and enable your Bidder Registration options.

Online Bidding Times

To enable Online Bidding, start by clicking on Website -> Online Bidding.


Enter both Online bidding start and Online bidding end times. These will be used as the default start and end times for "online" items.


Online bidding will not be enabled until either default Online bidding start and Online bidding end times are set or relevant item's specific Override Online Bidding times have been set. NOTE: The "default" Online Bidding Times should always be set.

The Online Bidding End times will only stop bids from being accepted online for Silent Type items; the end time will not trigger any closing actions like using the Online type for your items will.

Once online bidding ends, especially for in-person events, you will want to have printed (read: paper) Bid Sheets available for your bidders to finish placing their bids.

Once your "in-person" bidding end time has passed, you can collect these printed Bid Sheets to record the Final Bids for your items.

The "in-person" end time is managed outside of Auctria. However, it can be included in the printed Bid Sheet if set in the Other section of the Item Details.

One of the keys to a Silent Auction Event is that the final bids for items are made on paper Bid Sheets and then recorded in Auctria to complete and close out bidding.

You can now continue to add items to your event and make further customizations as needed.

  • See the Credit Cards Concepts section to learn how to accept credit card payments through our integrated credit card processing services.
  • See the Website Editor section to learn how to customize your event website with more details.
  • Look at How To Add A Donation Page to help increase the fundraiser income by offering your guests more opportunities to give.
  • Add details about your Donors to help promote them online.

The following User Guide sections and pages about Silent Item Events may also be of assistance.

Learn about related topics:

  • First Steps
    The first steps you would take with Auctria when creating an Auctria account and setting up your organization.
  • Auctioneer And Host
  • An Event With Ticket Sales
    Your organization can have an event with a website that allows you to sell tickets to your in-person event.
  • In-Person Events
    Some common features and functions used during an Auctria In-Person event.

Last reviewed: November 2023
How To Set Up An In-Person Event
Creating an Auctria In-Person event.