Hey there Chris! Thank you very much for the informative post! I know that will help a lot of people out. :)
posted message: I just wanted to share how I handle step 2: Installing PHP. I used to upload files to my web host, but that's a lot of extra work when I have to debug just a character or two. I'm on a windows system like most people, and I installed Wampserver. It installs Apache, PHP and MySQL on your system in just a few clicks. I've been using it for over a year now, and it's nice.