I use OS X.3 and have a shared webhosting package on Godaddy. I planned to install WordPress in a subdomain, and haven't set up anything yet on my Mac or Godaddy site.
I'm a little confuzed.
I know I need to:
* setup/activate php and mySQL on my Mac to run a local copy of WP (for testing and such)
* setup/activate the mySQL database on Godaddy and use its settings (as it is the 1% that don't use "localhost") for WP.
Ok. But! what do I need to do with the local copy and the remote copy? Do I need to keep them named the same? (i.e. make a directory named like the subdomain, and where do I put it? my home folder?) Can I use the local copy for testing out other blogs I might want to use on my other host? Or do I need to have multiple local copies - one for each remote host?
My understanding is that I only need the local copy for testing purposes, so I'm not experimenting (e.g. with a new css or template) with the live blog. This sounds like a fine idea.
I realize this must seem obvious, but I'm a newbie.