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online bidding auction

Client would like to add a page to their website which has silent auction items that will be available to bid on.  This is a precursor to their main event in which these same items will be available to be bid on during a silent auction itself.

The online bid will be the opening bid for the actual silent auction event.  If no one at the event bids higher, then the online bidder "wins" the bid.  Winners will then be contacted by client and asked to send money to cover winning item.  There will not be any ecommerce.  Is there anything out there that is canned that does this?  Anyone know how I would even approach this?

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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
What database and scripting language do you use server side.
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
I only know html.  I guess I would need to hire someone to do this for me.  What do I need someone to know in order to judge if they can do this project?  I don't have a clue.
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
Find out what they have available server side.  If it is a hosted site with no server access you are out of luck because you must be able to store information on the server to do what you want.  If they have access then ask at a local computer store if they know someone who can take it on, or look in the yellow pages for a web developer or programmer.  You might even find a Comp Sci student at a local community college or University.  It is not a real complex project and the skill level required is moderate.  If they can do server side scripting and are able to work with a database that is all the qualifications you need.  

If you know HTML, you can probably do the frontend yourself.  It just needs a simple form.
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
OH and one other thing.  If they are hosted and have server access the host often has apps that can be installed free, an they may have a forms handler or other apps that can be adapted, and you might find that you can learn to use something they have quickly and be able to do the whole thing yourself.  those type of apps are generally designed to help you learn by doing.

Plus EE is always here to help if we can.
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
Thanks.

Would I need a Linux or Windows platform?  Host is Godaddy.  I have done forms before so that isn't a problem.  So, I need to find someone that knows server side scripting and working with a database.  That's all eh?
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COBOLdinosaurCommented:
Godaddy may have some pre-written server scripts to install a simple db and forms handler.  They probably have myphpadmin for db management which is very user friendly and easy to use.

I would open a help ticket with Godaddy support and see if they can advise you.  It may be simpler than you think.  It does mot matter if you are on a windows or linux platform.  There may be a difference in tolls and interfaces, but the processes are essentially the same.
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