When developing a theme or tweaking a Drupal Web site, a local Web server is very handy to speed up the process of developing and testing. Several software distributions that come preconfigured with Apache, PHP, and MySQL are available; their use largely simplifies the setup of a Web server. These packages usually have a straightforward installation routine: download the package, extract the files, and click the "Start server" button.
Of course, there are many ways to install a server; only a few of them are presented here. If you already have a development Web server set up, you can most likely reuse it for running Drupal.
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