Wednesday, 11 April 2007

What is an Auction Template?

An auction listing template is a web page (.html or .htm) document that a seller can use to present an item for sale on an auction site. The template consists of text and images in a specified layout, basically just like any other web page!

A seller can use the same auction template for each new item listing. With all the design and default information already in place, the seller only has to add or change the item details and photographs to create a new item description.

An auction template is created with HTML code. This code can be easily copied and pasted into the HTML view of your listing software (such as eBay's Turbo Lister program) or the auction site's online sell form.

Once pasted, you can switch the view from HTML to WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) to edit or insert your item details, with everything showing up as it will in the listing.

HTML is very easy to learn and if you are willing to do so, you can create your own auction template even with some basic web design knowledge.

Here at Auction Design, you can learn these basics plus more, and I'll be posting some auction template tutorials in future.

If you would rather leave the designing to someone else, and stay focused on selling, I'll be offering a great collection of free auction templates for you to use in your auctions plus easy step by step instructions for using them.

Do you know about any great resources for designing great auctions? Please share them with us by leaving a comment - and don't hesitate to also include a link to your auctions for some self promotion!


Mouse said...

Let me introduce you the wonderful world of shipscript. He is a fantastic guy who is only to happy to help with templates, html, inserting pics and anything else you can think of regarding html, autction templates etc. Here is a link to his ebay "me/my world" page which is a wealth of information, links, free programs, tools, in fact just about anything regarding html, templates and tools for auctions and web pages. It is well worth a visit.

If you have any questions for him he can often be found on ebay's community discussion boards in the HTML & Images forum. He is only too happy to help just post a thread :)

Annie said...

Thanks Mouse! I agree, this guy provides a wealth of info and I'm sure he's the one that offers TagBot and Click Pic Gallery on his website? If so, there's a link on his About Me page. Great stuff, thanks again!

Annie :)