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This article describes about how to install and configure Dokan Auctions add-on. For using the features of this add on, see Dokan Auction usage guide here.

Pre requisites

You must have the WooCommmerce Simple Auctions plugin to use this add-on. This is the only must have thing to use before using this add-on.

And not worthy to mention that you must have a latest installation of WooCommerce and Dokan plugin. So the total required things are:

  1. WordPress 4.1 or later.
  2. WooCommerce plugin 2.2.10 or later.
  3. Dokan plugin 1.4 or later.
  4. WooCommerce Simple Auctions plugin 1.1.5 or  later


As you already have installed WordPress, WooCommerce and Dokan. You have to install and configure WooCommerce Simple Auctions.

There is nothing much complicated in it. You just have to install and activate this plugin and you will get a configuration option in wp-admin > WooCommerce > Settings > Auctions

The instructions and the definitions of the the settings panel is well describe on that tab. But if you really want to have a in depth knowledge about this plugin, you can visit their documentation page here.

Then you have to install and activate our add-on.


The next step is to configure the options. You can see and decide what to enable and what not. They have perfectly described the usage of the fields through the help texts right with the fields.

Find the settings of WooCommerce Simple Auctions

To configure the settings, you have to navigate to wp-admin > WooCommerce > Settings > Auctions

simple auction options

These are basic settings.

If you don’t want to take the pain of manually approving your new sellers to have the auctions feature automatically, you have to go to wp-admin > Dokan > Settings > Selling options

settings in Dokan

But if you do not want to enable the new sellers to have the auction feature right after signing up, you can uncheck the option from there and wish to enable one by one from their profile.

For enabling sellers to have the auction feature from the profile, you need to navigate to the sellers profile and scroll to the bottom. You will see an option “Enable Auction for this seller”. You have to check that box and hit save.

control auction from seller profile

These are the options for Dokan Auctions and we are done with it. Next, you have to flush your permalinks.

So navigate to Settings > Permalinks and check the permalinks are set to “Post Name” and “Product” and hit save.

Remember, without flushing the permalinks, the Auctions page will not work.

In this article, we will read a brief about how to use Dokan Auctions from frontend.

To know about the installation and configuration please read How to install and configure Dokan Auctions.

We are assuming you have already installed the the WP Simple Auctions plugin and Dokan Auctions add-on. If you are using Dokan theme (which came with the plugin), you will see a menu on the dashboard dropdown.

auction in dokan menuauction dashboard menu

Otherwise you have to navigate to the dashboard first and then you will see the new menu item “Auctions”.


This is a different product type and some extra input is needed; also you might want to keep the auction products in a separate tab.

auction whole page

This page is quite similar to the Dokan main products page. Click on “Add New Auction Product” button.

You will see a new page to write new auction product data.

create auction page

The beginning fields are same and quite self explanatory. So we will skip that part.
Start Price: This is the minimum price. So the bidding will start from here. Like you have set $10 as a starting price. So bidding will start from $10 and will increase each time when customers place a bid.

Bid increment: The amount that each customer will be able to increase each time while bidding. Like if you have set a starting price of $10 and increment to $2. So each time the customers increase the bid, it will increase like $12, $14, $16 and so on.

Reserved price: A reserve price is the lowest price at which you are willing to sell your item. If you don’t want to sell your item below a certain price, you can set a reserve price. The amount of your reserve price is not disclosed to your bidders, but they will see that your auction has a reserve price and whether or not the reserve has been met. If a bidder does not meet that price, you are not obligated to sell your item.

Buy it now price: Buy it now disappears when bid exceeds the Buy now price for normal auction, or is lower than reverse auction.

auction start date

Auction Start date: You have to put the date you want to start the auction on. This can be the current time or a time that is coming 4 days later.

Auction End date: The time you will stop taking bids. After exceeding this time, people will not be able to bid on that product. You can also hide expired auction products from Simple Auction Settings.

Translation Text Domain

You have to rename the .mo file according to this format for translating: pluginname-languagecode_countrycode.mo
for this extension, just rename the .mo and .po file to the following –
For example, in case of French Language, the code will be- dokan-auction-fr_FR.mo
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