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I'm reaching a character limit issue with the product name attribute which is in catalog_product_entity_varchar, with a limit of 255 characters.

Is it safe for me to simply modify this using phpMyAdmin and modify this length to 500:

ALTER TABLE  `catalog_product_entity_varchar` CHANGE  `value`  `value` VARCHAR( 500 ) CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_general_ci NULL DEFAULT NULL COMMENT  'Value'

Could this cause detrimental effects other than increasing the table size? I've run the query on a staging environment and am now able to bypass the 255 character limit, I'm just checking to see if anyone can think of something I am missing or should be worried about?

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There is only one official answer to this :

  • No, don't ever modify the Magento Core code or db

however - If it works and you have tested it thoroughly it is a valid workaround to your problem.

I can only think of instances (like yours) where exceeding the character limit would cause problems.

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Yes , there is no issue if you alter character limit.

For one of my project I've alter character limit value, Site is live and found no problem with this.

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