Complete newbie here. In fact I'm new to WP, MySL and PHP, so I could be opening a can of worms here. Having said that I am a fairly competent programmer, so...
I'm finding the coding of my website, Follow The Boat, cumbersome and want to migrate to WP. Whether I should or not is perhaps subject for another post but what I am used to doing is working offline, hard-coding .ASP in Dreamweaver, on Windows XP Pro and running IIS.
Now I'm having to install MySQL, get that up and running, figure out how to get my machine to 'see' .php and have the whole lot running locally. I work offline and only ftp my pages when they are fully edited. Because this is what I've got used to in the past, the idea of replicating a database-driven site locally is, quite frankly, baffling! I can deal with PHP but databases? Getting them actually running locally? I mean I've opened the MySQL help file and it just scares the hell out of me.
Is there a guide out there instructing me in how to do this?
Any help (and some encouragement!) gratefully received!