Yup, the PHP/MySQL/Apache seems to be the best option if your going to be hosting the site of your own system.
i would suggest in getting hosting there a plent of good free php hosting sites out there can't find my list post them later it makes it a lot seayer then hosting them ur self. nad dreamweaver and notepad so you can code stuff
Check out the following book from www.sitepoint.com. I have been very impressed with this book (about $30, I think). You can download the first four chapters of the book for free, and the first chapter will take you through your PHP/MySQL/Apache setup. Chapter 2 covers basic MySQL, Chapter 3 covers basic PHP, and Chapter 4 covers basic PHP/MySQL interaction. The rest of the book gets into some more advance applications. I highly recommend it. Sitepoint is also a very good reference in general for web development articles and tutorials. If you have trouble with the download from Sitepoint, you can click here for a copy that I have uploaded to my free site on www.freewebsitehost.net. Freewebsitehost is another good resource for free website hosting with PHP and MySQL support. Those, along with the sites grove gave you should get you going in the right direction.
As another note, try to avoid PHP/MySQL/Apache bundles. They offer easy installation, but they are very limited in configuration options and capabilities. Besides, you will benefit greatly from setting up your own system.
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