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Do you know any guides to basically set up a server (VPS or dedicated) for working as (mainly) web server ?

I mean installing and setting up basic services like:

  • apache with php, mod_rewrite, etc
  • mysql
  • FTP
  • sendmail
  • adding virtual host, domain, enabling wild card
  • basic security
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There are some good 'Perfect Server' tutorials over on HowToForge

They cover setting up most of the basic services and a GUI manager. The same author does them for a few OS' so pick whichever one you're most familiar with

CentOS - http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect-server-centos-5.5-x86_64-ispconfig-3
Fedora - http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect-server-fedora-14-x86_64-ispconfig-3
Ubuntu - http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect-server-ubuntu-11.04-ispconfig-3

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Your hosting provider should have a library of documentation to do exactly what you're looking for.

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Do you have any examples? –  Chris S Aug 9 '11 at 2:44
    
Sure, let me google that for you... linode.com/community : my.bluehost.com/cgi/help : community.godaddy.com/help?ci=44084 : And those are just the first three that I looked up. It's their business to provide a way for you to have a website. It's in the hosts best interest to make sure you have the resources you need. Seriously, if your host DOESN'T have basic guidelines to set up these services, that says a lot about the quality of your host, IMO. –  Safado Aug 10 '11 at 14:23

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