Development is made easier by running a full development environment on your workstation. I personally run a full LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) environment that allows me to test what I am developing on my workstation. In this case I am on my new Dell Inspiron E1505n running Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn.
One of the problems with doing this is the need to play with permissions on ever site in the server root. So instead I am using ‘userdir’ to keep the sites for easy development and testing. In other words I use apache to pull the site from my home directory for display in my browser. Here is how I did it.