I use godaddy.com for my web hosting and there are a couple of problems that I have with hosting that limit my ability to edit files remotely. First--a godaddy specific problem--I cannot call another PHP "connection" file. Whenever I have tried to put my connection information (database name, login and password) in a separate file, godaddy chokes. This problem in not my main concern, but if anyone has any insight, please let me know. Secondly--a web hosting problem in general--I don't want to put my files up on my web hosting site until they are complete. I'd rather edit them elsewhere.
My problem recently is that I moved to a home about 20 miles from my office and therefore want all my files to be saved online, so I can edit them from home or work and not have to worry about whether or not I'm working on the latest version. I've already done this with my conventional documents, but I end up having to copy thousands of versions of the same web site, exporting MySQL databases, and making sure not to erase the wrong version. Are there instructions online how to get an FTP server without a web domain (or web hosting) to be "XAMPP online?" Or to just take that FTP server and map it as a network drive in Windows and then just change the localhost directory to Z:\XAMPP\htdocs where Z is the FTP server? Any help would be appreciated!