Msg#: 4062387 posted 6:28 pm on Feb 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
If youre running your local server on a Windows PC there really isn't a lot of use for a control panel. Most of the server environments come with their own point and click application to start/stop services and carry out any configuration.
On a Linux system a control panel can indeed make your life a lot easier. Webmin is a great tool and best of all its free.
Msg#: 4062387 posted 7:59 pm on Feb 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
I honestly don't recomend hosting a live site from your PC. I think setting up a server can be a great learning experience, but with good web hosting being so cheap these days there aren't many situations where it makes sense to home host.
Here is an article I wrote a while back covering this subject...