# Setting Up An Online Items Auction (updated)
There are three main steps to setting up an online auction in Auctria.
# 1. Adding Your Items
You can add items from the main Auction Dashboard under Items -> Add New Item.
For a fully online event, these items should have their type set to Online. See Item Types for more information on the different items types in Auctria.
You can continue with the rest of the setup process before you finish adding all of your items. Items can be added at any time.
# 2. Create A Website
To Create A Website click on Website from the main Auction Dashboard.
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 to choose from the above is only a small sampling.
# Define the Website Address
After the website has been created 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 (
-). The use of any other type of "special character" or "punctuation" could potentially make your auction website unreachable.
The Event Website ID is the portion of the URL after
www.charityauction.bid/. In this case, the default Preferred Domain is being used. There are more auction domains you can choose from, see Set The Website Address for more information on these options.
Generally, your guests should be able to easily recognize the address being connected to your organization or to the current fundraiser event.
Make certain to click the "checkmark" icon to save the Event Website ID you entered.
See Unknown link 'CreateNewWebsite' for more details and information.
# 3. Set Up The Bidding Rules
# 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 you have specified both Online bidding start and Online bidding end times.
# Enable Bidder Registration
To enable Bidder Registration/Checkout, start by clicking on Website -> Bidder Registration.
This will open the Bidder Registration dashboard. Scroll down to the Online Bidder Registration.
You will need to set Enable online bidder registration and ticket purchases to Yes.
Remember to click the "checkmark" icon to save after making changes in a settings section.
Your event will now be live! Bidders will be able to register and bid within the bidding period.
# Further Options
You can now continue to add items to your event and make further customizations as needed.
- See the Credit Cards Concepts section to learn about 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.
- Add details about your Donors to help promote them online.
# More About Online Auctions
The following User Guide sections and pages about Online Auctions may also be of assistance.
Last Revised: 2021-11-15