Guest Author - Debbie Mangan
Have you ever wondered how to get a great looking auction? It is much easier than you might think. There are many options available on-line for free. You can do a search for auction templates and you will find many options there. My personal favorites are found in the Photo & HTML discussion board on eBay, there are many templates there and with a little practice you can modify them and have great looking auction pages.
In order to create a template you will need to have a photo hosting site. Again there are many free ones available. I have been using photobucket for years and am very happy with it. Each of your pictures is given a direct link or code which is the address to where your picture is stored on the web. All you need to do is copy that code into the template where it says insert your picture here.
Practicewriter.com is a great place to practice making a great looking auction. You just need to copy all of the code for the template of your choice into the practice area and explore. At first all the HTML code will look Greek to you but the little amount you need to learn is very simple. The templates are set-up as fill in the blanks to add your own descriptions and pictures and you end up with a professional looking auctions. If you take a little time to read the code you will easily be able to see where you can make adjustments to change fonts style, size and color. You can change the width of borders, change the border design or picture. Take some time to explore the code at practice writer .com, make simple changes to make the auction your own and you are on your way to a great looking auction.
If you are still intimidated by the HTML coding there are also a lot of auction template designers who will create original templates for you. A nice looking auction definitely draws more attention and more attention results in more sales.
I use a border picture with a simple design and white background with basic clear font like verdana or arial in dark color, I set the type size to 18, You want to make your auction as easy to read as possible so try to keep a clean uncluttered page. You auction is not the place to show how fancy you can be graphics, flashing cursors, music and scrolling banners will distract from the item you are trying to sell.