I’ve got good news and bad news.
The bad news is that there are only a few themes for auction sites. Even worse, most of them are hard to use, ugly and dated, or flat out broken. But luckily, two themes work quite well.
Both themes are well-designed and include everything you need to run an auction site. They’re the only two themes I would consider if I was starting one.
Check out my recommendations below to see which theme will fit your site best.
WordPress Auction Themes
These themes are responsive and up-to-date with the latest version of WordPress.
They’re both excellent choices for a site that needs to add auctions, handle bids, and complete sales.
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.
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. 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
Which auction theme is right for you?
Essential and Online Auction Theme are both great choices for building an auction site with WordPress.
While Essential is less customizable, it has a sharper, more modern design. Also, 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 OAT for running your own auctions.
If you want to allow members to add auctions like on eBay, this functionality is available in OAT, but not in Essential. OAT is the most customizable and well-designed theme for a multivendor auction site.
Do you have any questions about these themes or setting up a WP site? Leave a comment below.