I took someone's advice and did all the installation online. It was so easy, even I could understand it - and it works!
Now I'd like to style my page, but it would be nice if I could do it locally, then publish the revised page online.
So here are my questions:
1. Is it OK to tweak the local home page and republish it occasionally, as long as you don't mess with any technical functions? Or do you have to do everything online?
2. When I try to preview my home page locally, I get the "Error establishing a database connection!" message.
I would assume there are two solutions - create another database connection locally, or strip the relevant technical stuff out of my page, leaving a plain HTML page that I can preview.
What's the best plan? I'm worried that if I create a local database and connect to it, I might inadvertently alter some technical settings that will screw up my real BLOG when I republish my local page.
If stripping code is the answer, can you tell me exactly what I have to delete before I can preview my page locally without a database connection?
On a similar note, I'd like to be able to move things around - perhaps change the position of certain elements. Is it generally safe to do so as long as you don't alter the technical stuff? And if I do screw up, I can always fix it by replacing the mangled version with the original copy I wisely set aside, right?
Last question - If I screw up really bad, or if I simply want to go back to square one and start over, can I remove my online BLOG by simply deleting the WordPress folder I uploaded and the database I created for it?