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I’ve got good news and bad news.
The bad news is that there are only a few decent themes for auction sites. To be honest, most WordPress themes made for online auctions are hard to use, ugly and dated, or flat out broken. But luckily, I was able to find a few themes that work quite well.
Each theme included in this list is well-designed and includes everything you need to run an auction site. They’re the only four themes I would consider if I was starting an auction or project bidding site.
Check out my recommendations below to see which theme will fit your site best.
You’ll likely enjoy our collection of the best directory WordPress themes. Check it out before you go too!
WordPress Auction Themes
These themes are responsive and up-to-date with the latest version of WordPress.
They’re all excellent choices for a site that needs to add auctions, handle bids, and process sales.
Here are my top picks for best auction WordPress themes for 2021.
1. Essential by ProspektDesign (Themeforest)
Essential is an excellent theme for running auctions with WordPress. It’s beautiful and modern design integrates smartly with the WooCommerce Simple Auctions plugin. While this theme lets you run auctions, it does not have built-in capabilities to let members signup and add their own auctions.
How it works
Essential uses WooCommerce, the most popular WordPress eCommerce plugin, to handle sales. It also integrates with the WooCommerce Simple Auctions plugin to convert regular product listings into auctions so that visitors can place bids. You might also want to check out our list of WooCommerce auction plugins that can work with any theme.
Essential comes bundled with WooCommerce Simple Auctions ($21) and WooCommerce Simple Bulk Discounts ($19).
- Two homepage templates
- Easy to use theme options
- Two customizable sliders
- Compare and wishlist functionality
- Unlimited color schemes
2. Auction by Dex Themes (Themeforest)
This unique theme was made online auctions. In particular, it was designed for auctioneers to sell cars. If you want to start a website for car auctions and bidding, this is the perfect theme for you.
The Auction theme is compatible with WooCommerce for handling all aspects of the eCommerce. It includes an extensive user-friendly options panel for you to customize your site with. For multilingual websites, you’ll appreciate the WPML integration too.
There are plenty of theme options included to brand the site, and you’ll be impressed by the top-notch ratings this theme is getting. It currently has a 4.90/5.00 average rating from its first 10 ratings.
Don’t be intimidated by the complexity of this auction theme. You can get started immediately by importing the demo content XML file. The import process is fast will quickly set up your WP site just like the live demo featured in the screenshot above.
3. Adifier by Spoon Themes (Themeforest)
Adifier is a gorgeous modern theme for classified ad websites. I know what you’re thinking – that’s not the same as an auction! Luckily, Adifier includes a built-in auction system to convert your WordPress install into an auction website.
With auctions enabled, sellers can choose from a few new ad types. Instead of a plain classified ad, they can create a new auction which viewers can filter out from regular advertisements. You can only enable auctions if you want to create an auction marketplace like eBay.
The built-in advanced custom fields let sellers include all sorts of formatted info about the products they’re selling. You can also accept payments from virtually every modern payment processor including PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.Net, and Paystack.
When it comes to monetization, you can charge sellers to list ads for set periods of time and also upsell ad promotions which get their auction listings highlighted on the site. You can earn a lot more by allowing members to “bump” their listings higher too.
4. Online Auction Theme by PremiumPress
PremiumPress is known for their incredibly robust and featured-packed themes. Online Auction Theme (OAT) is no exception. It includes everything you need to publish auctions or charge members to list their own products. OAT can be used to run your auctions and allow visitors to signup and list auctions too.
How it works
You can add auctions in OAT the same way you publish posts. There’s an interface on the site so members can list auctions (“Add Auction” screenshot above) which you can review and edit/approve in the WordPress admin dashboard. Members can use built-in auction tools to customize and promote their listings and increase bids.
Online Auction Theme has dozens of child themes for quickly transforming the design of the site and a private messaging system for your users.
- Live auction countdown
- Auction reserve prices
- Buy now buttons
- Commission rates
- Feedback system
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Which auction theme is right for you?
Essential is my top recommendation for building an auction site with WordPress. It has a sharp, modern design, and its use of WooCommerce means you get the advantage of a frequently updated and highly refined plugin for processing sales on your site. I would recommend it over the other themes for running your own auctions.
If you want to allow members to add auctions like on eBay, this functionality is available in Online Auction Theme. Adifier also has the option to create a multivendor auction site.
Lastly, if these themes aren’t doing it for you, you may want to check out our collection of WooCommerce compatible themes too.
Feel free to post below if you have any questions about these auction WordPress themes.