Get the latest version of phpMyAdmin from phpMyAdmin.net. The files will compressed - so you will have to extract it. Create a folder called 'phpMyAdmin' in the document root of your server and extract the PHP scripts into it. That's it - the installing part is over. The latest version will automatically configure itself to run with these settings...
- Database Host : localhost
- Username : root
- Password : (Empty)
chmod 666 config
Now open the URL http://localhost/phpMyAdmin/scripts/setup.php. This will help you configure your phpMyAdmin.
The configuration is very straight forward - so I am not providing much details about it. If you have any doubt, reffer the documentation that comes with the installation.
After you have finished configuration, click on the 'Save' Button in the 'Configuration' section. This will create a 'config.inc.php' file inside the 'config' folder that we created earlier. You will have to manually copy this config file to you phpMyAdmin folder. After this is done, delete the config folder. You can do this with the command...
mv config/config.inc.php . rmdir config
On a personal note, I still prefer the 2.6 Version of phpMyAdmin. Some pages in the latest version have a tendency to create horizontal scroll bars even on 1024x768 resolution.