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10, February, 2023
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Building an Auction Website: Tips and Tricks

Ildar Kulmuhametov
Ildar Kulmuhametov
CEO and Founder at Yojji | Web and Mobile Development

Although they are not very new, auction websites have grown in popularity recently. 

The market size of the E-Commerce & Online Auctions industry is expected to increase by 6.6% in 2023. The main idea of these websites is pretty simple. A product can be purchased or sold on an auction website using a bidding mechanism.

One of the most-sought auction websites is eBay. The company made $2.6+ billion in revenue in Q4 2021, and in 2023, this figure is expected to increase. It’s not as difficult as you might have thought to create a website similar to eBay. Yojji has hands-on experience in building these websites from scratch. Therefore, we want to share some interesting tidbits with you.

Reasons for the Effectiveness of the Business Model of Auction Websites

Online auctions have become extremely popular due to the following reasons.

  • Geographical restrictions are absent

Sellers and buyers can place bids across the globe. The main requirement is to have a stable Internet connection.

  • There are no time restrictions and language barriers

eBay, for instance, allows exhibiting lots in various languages for 30 days, and buyers can purchase items whenever they want.

  • There are various features

There are basic functions that website auctions have, including listing, shipping, and payment options.

  • There are many buyers

Millions of consumers are drawn in by the wide variety of goods offered at comparatively inexpensive prices.

How to Create an Auction Website

​​To create an auction website, you must follow certain instructions and have a foundational grasp of how things work. This is a step-by-step guide on how to build a successful auction website.

Purchase a Domain

The domain name should be brief and catchy to make it simple for consumers to remember.  Here are some tips that will help you avoid failure while buying a domain name:

  • Choose TLDs like.com, .org, and .net as your domain name.
  • Utilize various SEO tools to assess the domain ranking.
  • Use Wayback Machine to research the domain name’s history.

Make sure you are ready for website development

Creating an auction website may be hectic, but keeping these things in mind will help you sort things out and elaborate a straightforward strategy.

  • Product vision

You must establish a product vision to have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve. Round up a list of the main objectives and long-term goals.

  • User roles and features

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Depending on their objectives, the various user categories have access to varied features. You must specify the functionality that each user role must have. Usually, there are three main user groups: buyers, sellers, and administrators. Each group has its specific set of functions. For instance:

  • Secure data storage ensures safe payment and the storage of personal information.
  • Listing (adding, editing, deleting) is handy for sellers.
  • The newsletter is a great feature to keep the customers up-to-date with new auctions.
  • Bidding functions imply the creation of various types of auction strategies.
  • Various types of communication between sellers and buyers, as well as with a support team are crucial for maintaining a long-term relationship and getting a pleasant user experience.
  • Analytics is extremely useful for sellers as it allows them to monitor the conversion and track the interest of potential buyers.

A clearly outlined list of the necessary features will aid software engineers in choosing a tech stack and estimating the general scope of the project.

  • Technical requirements

The choice of the best technology is based on precise technical specifications. The necessary technical requirements checklist is provided below.

  • The anticipated number of visitors will assist programmers in selecting the best server and creating the best solution.
  • Understanding a website’s page hierarchy and layout can make it easier to grasp how visitors will interact with it.
  • Support for the various browsers and gadgets is required for websites.
  • The speed at which a page should load influences customer satisfaction.
  • Legal compliance entails abiding by all applicable laws.

Website development method & monetization models

You can go for either a pre-built website with rudimentary functionality, which must be installed and filled out by the owner, or choose a tailored digital solution that is completely adjustable and meets all your criteria. 

On top of that, it is crucial to think about how an auction website will generate revenue before development starts. Usually, the following monetization strategies are used:

  • Seller commission means that vendors are required to split a portion of the profits they generate from transactions.
  • The listing fee model means that sellers must pay a charge to add new products to a website.
  • The buyer fee strategy means that bidders are required to pay a commission for each transaction.
  • Ads are shown to the clients, and website owners earn money for displaying them.

Select the most appropriate monetization strategy so that software developers may build an auction website with the necessary features.

Focus on UI/UX design

An essential component of every website is its design. Designers should create a mockup of your site using the wireframes they have already generated. They must construct UI elements in a specific order, choose a color palette, and design a logo.

Select a tech stack

Select a tech stack

To create an auction website, a variety of technologies might be applied. Several cutting-edge technologies, including BootStrap, Vue.js, Angular.js, React.js, and CSS should also be taken into account for building the front end. As for the back end, Python, PHP, Java, and C# can be possible options.

Onboard Developers

To make sure developers are on the same page and work effectively, the following activities should be ensured.

  • Select a development methodology for efficient management. Today, the Agile approach is a win-win option.
  • Install a task management program to organize the developers’ work and track their progress. Jira is a great tool for this.
  • Make a list of the tasks that software developers will need to do to build an auction website. 
  • Set up communication tools. To remain in touch with every team member, you need to use various tools, e.g. Slack.
  • Establish code quality criteria that each team member must adhere to prevent compromises in the development quality.

Create an MVP

It is advised to initially create a minimal viable product (MVP). You'll be able to launch your website more quickly and concentrate on creating important features.

Conduct QA testing

Software developers must run various types of testing to identify vulnerabilities and security flaws and make sure all the features operate as intended. These types include unit testing, functional testing, performance testing, and acceptance testing.

Launch a website

At this stage, you should configure a server and launch your website. Keep in mind that you will need to make some adjustments based on users’ feedback and spend time and money on regular site maintenance.

Bottom Line

It’s time to put your brilliant ideas on how to create an auction website on paper and work on them. A tech-strong Yojji team will conduct an in-depth analysis, elaborate important concepts, choose a tech stack, and bring your idea to life. Contact our managers if you want to create a robust online auction website.

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