tl;dr a simple guide to setting up a LAMP stack on an existing Ubuntu server.
For my purposes I'm referring to LAMP as:
Linux (Ubuntu LTS): Operating system
PHP: scripting language
see alternate post
Install Apache from the Ubuntu repositories
$ sudo apt-get install apache2
Configure Apache to start automatically
$ sudo systemctl enable apache2 $ sudo systemctl start apache2 $ sudo systemctl status apache2
Test Apache by opening the server IP address in a web-browser
If everything went as expected you should see a generic page describing the Apache install and configuration files.
Install MySQL and set the root password
$ sudo apt-get install mysql-server mysql-client
Check the status of the service
$ sudo systemctl status mysql
Clean out some insecure default permissions
Update the repositories, then install PHP and associated packages
$ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install php libapache2-mod-php php-mcrypt php-mysql
Check that everything installed correctly by testing the current version of php that is installed (a version number should be displayed).
$ php -v
Once satisfied that everything has installed correctly, lets create a test page to confirm PHP is playing nice with Apache.
$ sudo nano /var/www/html/test.php
Enter the following code and save
<?php phpinfo(); ?>
Save the file, then restart Apache
$ sudo systemctl restart apache2
Navigate to the page we just created
If everything works as expected we should see some details on the PHP installation.
Once satisfied everything is working as expected, remove the page just created.
$ sudo rm /var/www/html/test.php
Congratulations, you've now got a server setup and a LAMP stack installed.