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Hello experts.
I need your opinion how is the best way to setup my tables.
I want to store data of user shops.
I have two ways in my mind:
1.) shoptable with columns :
shop_id(primary)  user_id shopname .......

2.) categories table with columns:
category_id(primary) category_name

3.)regionstable table with:
region_id  subof region_name

4.)shop_categories table with:
shop_id   category_id

5.)shop_regions table with:
shop_id region_id

The second idea is to use instead 4 and 5 table another table:
shop_regions_categories with one type(char) column:
type(char) shop_id cat_region_id

Attached one example.
Any idea for the best solution or maybe another one?
Wich is the best way to catch data in a WHERE clause?
shoptable
shop_id(primary)   user_id  Shop_name     shop_phonenumber  shop_address shop_postalcode  shop_point
2                  11       Myshopname     12345678         Mystreet     mypostalcode      mylatlng
  
categoriestable
category_id  category_name
1              firstcategory
2              secondcategory

regionstable
region_id subof region_name
1         0    A_primary_region
2         1    A_sub_region_1
3         2    A_sub_region_2

shop_categories
shop_id category_id
2        1
2        2


shop_regions
shop_id region_id
2       1
2       3


OR use one table with one column type(char) 

shop_regions_categories
type(char)   shop_id cat_region_id
CAT          2       1
CAT          2       2
REG          2       1
REG          2       3

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by:Kamal Khaleefa
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well the design depend on your requirement and the data  that will provide.

for my usually if i have a table of users and a table of shops
i will create a third table that links both so i can link more than a shop with one user
also i will add a coloumn Called Status (boolean true or false)

so i can disable the relation once i need.
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by:Panos
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Hi king2002
I have a users table too. I did not include it here because the problem was to set up tables so that i can get faster results when i'm trying to find a shop with a query  dependet on the 1) location 2) the categories it belongs 3) and the regions it belongs.
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Kamal Khaleefa earned 2000 total points
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Then based on you requirement
Create a table that links user with a shop

And then a table that links shop with category and region
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by:Panos
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Hi
Do you mean my second way
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by:Panos
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Sorry forgot to close the question
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