Google’s Creative Lab has turned out some software that helps turn a Raspberry Pi into a basic web server. The tiny web server can then be used for web based developmental projects.
Monitoring your web server is critical for troubleshooting problems when they arise. There are a number of paid systems but these three free web monitoring tools do the job just as well.
Hosting your own PHP server has two main advantages. First of all you can host it locally so you don’t need to bother with transferring your files and only need to refresh the page in your browser to see the latest changes. Second, you can keep your product-to-be private until it’s ready to be released to the world wide web. This way you can present a finished (or at least beta) product to your users from day one. Zend Server is a PHP server for Mac that allows you to develop locally with minimum hassle.