We highly advise against testing with your real auction. Some actions, like the auction ending and payment processed,
can't be removed or reversed. Instead, we recommend exploring our Demo Auction.
The demo auction provides you with a general feel for how a silent auction runs and what information can be presented.
All participants and bids are removed from the demo auction each night, so have fun testing it out!
Create A Test Auction
If that's not enough, we welcome you to create a free test auction (without any feature upgrades). This allows you
to fully experience how fun and easy it is to manage and participate in an online auction... can't beat that! To
get started, simply click the Let's Go button on the Pricing page. Or you
can click the Create An Auction link in the Admin Controls menu of your real auction. This allows you to copy your
auction, including items, for quickly creating a test auction. You can learn more by reading the
Can I copy an auction? FAQ entry.
To test payments, you can make a $1 donation (the payment process is the same for online payments and donations).
This requires having the Donation Collection feature turned on by clicking the Payment Features link in the
Admin Controls menu.
What Do Participants See?
To see how your auction looks to participants, log out of your account and then view your auction. Or you can
create a new account with a different email address and join your auction as a participant. You can learn more by
reading the How do I invite participants to my auction? FAQ entry.
Remove A Test Auction
It's currently not possible to remove an auction. Therefore, it's a good idea to name the test auction so it's
easy to identify when looking at your My Auctions page. Only auction administrators or
participants you invite to join you in the test auction will be able to see it.
Participants of your real auctions will not see the test auction. You can learn more by reading the
How do I cancel, remove, or hide an auction? FAQ entry.
How can I test my auction?