Ok so lets say you are making a new script and you want to be able to test it in real time not upload it and go through all that crap. Well rather than do all the work by hand do what I did and go get wampserver. This will install Apache PHP and MySql on your windows xp or windows vista pc and automate everything for you. It even installs phpmyadmin. Now keep in mind I would not suggesting using this to host your web site full time but its great for when you make something in dreamweaver or what ever your favorite editor is and then you can just save it to the www directory and open localhost in your browser and poof there you have it!