My current method for publishing articles is to edit them on my laptop, check them into Subversion, and then to check them out on my web server when they are ready.
That has been working well, and has saved my bacon at least once (the company that ran the server farm closed and flipped the switch without warning). The use of Subversion seems to be overkill for articles that aren't updated regularly. I'm thinking that a blog or wiki might be better for some of my content.
I'd still like to continue my organization of "laptop as master, server as slave" so that I can update my blog offline and provide a safety net in case my server disappears again. Is this possible with WordPress? A friend suggested that MySQL replication which seems like the ticket. I'm hoping that other WordPress users have replicated their databases and can share their approaches and tips.
p.s. I'm reading the documentation now. If the answer is in there, kindly let me know so I'll be sure not to miss it.