you need to soft link the apache script into
init directories. If you don't know what I'm talking about use the
red hat management tool.
and download webmin.
It's a fabulous admin tool.
It does everything, it's even good at administering MySQL.
I was playing with the same things this weekend, php MySql and
the drudgery removed is astounding.
You'll be able to set up boot servers, make tables, configure apache,
there is also something called "myphpadmin" (or similar) which is fab
for MySQL configuration also.
There's no sense jumping in at the deep end.
Make life simple and learn the fiddly stuff at your own pace.