Solved

Opinion time Using PHP/MySQL and images

Posted on 2002-05-21
4
187 Views
Last Modified: 2006-11-17
Hello -

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.

Jim
0
Comment
Question by:JPersinger
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 5

Accepted Solution

by:
andriv earned 50 total points
ID: 7025690
Adding images to the DB will slow down your program dramatically. Image files are big and takes time for the queries to go through each record (especially if there are a lot of images).  Best to use links.
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:axis_img
ID: 7025800
I agree as well...

If you were talking about storing the binary data of the image in the database, then definitely not. There are very few reasons to do that, and this does not happen to be one of them.

Just make a consistent set of rules for the product image names and directory structure, and then simply store the image's file name in the database. When you are displaying the item information from the database, simply pull the file name from the record as well and throw that into the <img> tag.

Regards,
Barry
0
 

Author Comment

by:JPersinger
ID: 7025916
Since andriv had what looks like the best all around solution, I'll award the points to him/her. I think I'll make each file thumb size and allow them to be clicked to enlarge the file. Does any one of a script that will will reduce the file size until clicked?

Thanks again -

Jim

0
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:andriv
ID: 7028227
Glad I can help.
0

Featured Post

IT, Stop Being Called Into Every Meeting

Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!

Join & Write a Comment

Both Easy and Powerful How easy is PHP? http://lmgtfy.com?q=how+easy+is+php (http://lmgtfy.com?q=how+easy+is+php)  Very easy.  It has been described as "a programming language even my grandmother can use." How powerful is PHP?  http://en.wikiped…
Foreword (July, 2015) Since I first wrote this article, years ago, a great many more people have begun using the internet.  They are coming online from every part of the globe, learning, reading, shopping and spending money at an ever-increasing ra…
The viewer will learn how to look for a specific file type in a local or remote server directory using PHP.
This tutorial will teach you the core code needed to finalize the addition of a watermark to your image. The viewer will use a small PHP class to learn and create a watermark.

708 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

12 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now