Thanks samboll - have had a read through 'Moving WordPress' - that is what scared me! Just kidding... well sort of. It all looks straight forward and is easy to follow.
Samboll - Do you think my file structure would work if I was developing live? Or is there an easier way that is less likely to cause problems?
t3los - cute kitten! Thanks for your input also.
I have found working locally really fast, and once I had my system all set up, easy to work with. I use MAMP and TextWrangler (plus VMware Fusion for cross browser testing - now that was fun to set up!). It is quick to flick from one site to another when testing or checking code etc. Have a million windows open in TextWrangler and Firefox sometimes - well, ok 20 or so! I am one of those people who whizz around the computer at 90 miles and hour... great for speed but can accidentally 'do things' I didn't mean to. I also get frustrated with slow - attention span not that great - even having to wait a split second gets me started on day dreams... tropical beaches, palm trees and... sad to say, sleep!
However, locally does prove a problem when I need support from wp and wpec forums. It also would be helpful if customers can see what I am looking at when I am discussing issues with them during the development stage. And I guess every server is different so any problems with the host I am with would be ironed out sooner rather than later (hopefully) so when I am at the end of a long project, tired after weeks of toiling away, the change over might be more issue free?! ... or not? As above, it has been suggested I use Coda which I am trialing at the moment. Is a little slower (that split second!). Beautiful interface! Little pictures of your site - him, that is the graphic designer side of me coming out!
flick from and easy to flick from site to site