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Auction Site implementation

Interested to know how to successfully launch an auction site.

8:46 am on Feb 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I am not sure if this is the right place to post. Well, I don't mind if the moderator moves this to an appropriate forum if necessary.

We are planning to set up an auction site to showcase the artworks done by our resident artists in the company. They love the idea. We had already registered a domain. A few questions are still left unanswered:

1. What is the best auction script available out there? We are eyeing on phpauction, but we wonder what others are thinking.

2. What is the best payment processor for this site. We cannot accept paypal, that's for sure -- simply because our country is not under their coverage. We are thinking of using 2checkout.com, any comment?

3. Got suggestions on promoting this site later?

Thank you very much for the time everyone.


7:43 am on Feb 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Seems like the right place consul, it is ecommerce, just a different method.

>Got suggestions on promoting this site later?

Optimize the site with some content pages related to the theme of the site. Do some keyword research first. Look for specialized directories and pay for the major directories, unless your Yahoo regional is free. There are also probably some region specific sites to list at.

Then there's off-web, traditional advertising that would normally be used for selling artwork. There are some threads on how to promote other than search engines.

I've got no idea about credit card processing in your area, but you can look through the Asian-Pacific forum to see if there might be some information, as well as regional search engine information. Look beyond the majors; there are search engines specific to places like Australia and other countries, and art is universal, so optimize and submit to those also.

Someone else will have to recommend the software. You can probably find some at hotscripts.com or cgi-resources.com and some might have multi-lingual capability if that's needed.

Hope this helps a little, anyway.