Here is a HOWTO which I found comprehensive and invaluable for me to start learning about server requirements.
Uses Webmin to allow your browser to connect and modify your server settings.
You could also install the Desktop plus install and run the server as a virtual machine using Virtualbox and that is how I run my testing websever.
And on your server..........
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"Setting up a Linux Server, Start to Finish, using Webmin". By Kevin Elwood
Uses a browser pointed to https://server_IP:10000 to edit files, create shares, startup daemons etc..
Logon to your server and download from your server with :
sudo wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/webadmin/webmin_1.570_all.deb
Install with :
sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.570_all.deb
Add extra libraries with :
sudo apt-get -f install