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Add a new auction
View auction details
The admin can view the bidder's details for an ongoing auction. Under Catalog > Real-Time Auctions > Manage Auction, from the 'Bid Information' tab, all the bidders of that auction are enlisted with their bid amount and bid time. Admin can also view that how many of them have placed an auto-bid; under store 'Auto Bid Information' tab. Admin can see a list of users who have added the auction products in their watchlist in the 'Watchlist Information' tab.
This option facilitates the admin to mass disallow customer's participation in the auction if he wishes to. An admin can also allow them back to participate in an auction.
Conduct multiple auction
Admin can conduct multiple auctions and supervise them at the same time. An admin can manage multiple auctions from Catalog > Real-Time Auction > Manage Auctions. From that grid, an admin is able to view all the details including:
To make the task even easier, we have used a cost-effective "Pusher" 3rd party service. You need to make an account on pusher.com to access this service.
Product Detail Page
The countdown of any product can be viewed by visitors on the category page. The user can even place an auto-bid from the 'A' button.
Auction Watch List
To view items in watchlist go to My Account > Auction WatchList. This option contains the details of the product which have been added to the watchlist by visitors.
This option allows the participants to view their bids information. The user can also view the bid history of other users by clicking the details link. But the user is only allowed to view if an admin has set the permission from Store > Configuration menu, i.e. Under Bid Configuration > Show Bid History Of All Bidders is set to YES.
Cron job set-up
Some part of the extension works based on the cron job. The extension comes with all the required crontabs in it, but you need to activate the Magento main cron job which will execute the extension's cron jobs. So after you enable the Magento default cron, the extension's cron will get executed automatically whenever required.
Third-party Service Integration
Pusher provides real-time communication between servers, apps, and devices. Pusher is used to deliver real-time notifications to chat, gaming, web-page updates, IoT, and many other systems. When something event triggered in the system or web page, this application sends real-time notifications. For example, in this Extension when one person places the bid then, all other customer product page content automatically updates with the bid price data.
The extension uses 'Pusher' third party free service to show the real-time notification to the customers on the product page. If you do not configure the pusher with the extension, then your customers will not be able to get an automatic notification on the product page, and they need to refresh the page to check the new bids arrived. You can create an account here
Pusher offers a free plan with some specific number of connections. The extension can work with it. Still, if you want to have a large number of connections and messages, then you need to buy a paid plan. The pricing info goes here.