Welcome to the NivoCart Documentation!


The opensource shopping cart project for everyone.

NivoCart runs out-of-the-box. All you need to do is to get a Domain Name, a hosting package and install the latest version of NivoCart. We recommend also to obtain a Dedicated IP address and an SSL certificate for your Domain since you will be processing sensitive information such as payment details over the internet.

NivoCart is a fully featured package and probably contains more features than you'll ever need but, if it so happens that some features you require are not present, it can be easily extended with third party extensions. NivoCart has been designed with the user in mind and uses a clear consistent logic through all its pages, lists and forms. Useful links and shortcuts have been placed in appropriate places to save precious time navigating.

NivoCart follows a very strict Coding Standards policy. The code has been checked, cleaned and optimized to insure maximum performance throughout. This applies not only to PHP, but also to Javascript and CSS. Thorough testing by the community over the years also guarantees a 99% bug free code.

All in all, NivoCart is a very solid and flexible package suitable for most types of online businesses.


This document, it's sections and sub-sections have been arranged to make it as easy as possible to navigate and to help you find the answers you are looking for. It is a contant work in progress as you can imagine, so some sections could be lacking details on how to achieve certain tasks. Help is appreciated at anytime to make this documentation richer and more useful to users.

Before we begin, here is a list of common terms and abbreviations that you might find inside some sections.
Abbreviation Full Name Description
NC NivoCart The software's name
Admin Administration or Backend The software's administration side and folder name
Catalog Store or Frontend The software's public side and folder name

Common functions are the "Save", Apply", "Refresh" and "Close" buttons present in most pages in the Administration.

Save: The "Save" button Must be clicked to validate your changes, when Adding or Updating any given content.
Apply: The "Apply" button works like the "Save" button, with the only difference that you don't leave the page you are on.
Refresh: The "Refresh" button does not validate your changes. It only resets the page, which is useful in some parts of the Administration.
Close: The "Close" button does not validate your changes. It only closes the page you are on and redirects you to the previous logical page.

Quick links are also dotted around the Administration forms.
They are represented by a blue button, usually with an icon. they allow you to quickly navigate to the relevant page if required.
Note: If you have made some changes on the current page, your changes will not be saved, so it could be wise to click "Apply" before using the quick links.

For further help or for very specific questions you can visit the Forum for answers.

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