I worked with production servers for more than 10 years and I always thought this is a very complex job.
Things have changed and you can install all the software you need on a new server in about two hours.
The next posts will be about installing and configuring a LAMP server from scratch and (as I really like best quality available) install Java, Apache Tomcat and mod_jk (so we can put PHP to rest).
So, in less than two hours you will be able to install:
and more :)
If you haven't guessed yet, next post is: Installing MySQL :)
I chose to explain all this on CentOS as this is the most used Linux distribution on cheap VPS systems and if you have more money to spend you would probably hire an expert instead of reading my blog. It could be useful to read the blog even if you are an expert just to see how simple some things have become and enjoy your work :)