I'm creating an ecommerce site using PHP/MySQL. The site (like lots of sites) will have images related to the items that are being sold.
1) Should I add each ites to the db or
2) Just provide links?
Let me explain more -
The user will come to the site, view the items for sale, put a number in the 'edit' box, and continue to shop. Once they head to the checkout, the products will then be purchased. Since the items will be viewed outside the cart, does it make since to just store them in a folder and provide links under each item (for viewing) or should I add them to the db (for management reasons)?
What is the best way to product a SKU (or ID) for each item? My guess is to store them in a db and let the db track the ID prefix with something to help ID the product.
If you need more information, please let me know.