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How are Product Options normally written to the orderdetails table?

Thread began 7/16/2013 11:31 am by Justin@AdventDesign | Last modified 7/16/2013 2:12 pm by Justin@AdventDesign | 246 views | 2 replies


How are Product Options normally written to the orderdetails table?

I've been following the Product Options tutorial ( and have product options up and working on my detail and cart pages, and the info is setting properly in the eCart. I've also got the database admin pages set to select options available for the products and all seems to be working well.

My question: The tutorial seems to end at getting the info into the eCart and displaying it on the cart.php page. I understand how to display that info on the confirm.php page and write it to a database table, but what is the proper way to handle that data in the orderdetails table? My first inclination is to create an additional column in the orderdetails table for "size", and write the option info to that. But if at some point we have many options for different products, I'd be adding new columns for each and every one. I'm guessing there's another way I should approach it. Is there an additional tutorial for this end of the options process? If not, what is the standard way for handling that data in the orderdetails table?

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