Been doing relatively proprietary work recently, so not much to share other than this little tip. If you want to use phpMyAdmin but for whatever reason the MySQL server you’re using isn’t local, you can change the host by editing line 104 in config.inc.php in the root of phpMyAdmin:

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = 'localhost';

… and optionally the port if required

$cfg['Servers'][$i]['port'] = '';