Drupal underwent a sea change moving from 7 to 8. Although the stock administrative interface and site building concepts will look familiar to long-time users, much is different beneath the surface. This requires a different approach to site building and management for your Drupal projects.
Following are tips for standing up a Drupal 8 site locally for test and evaluation, as well as some guidelines for running a complete build. The code instructions are geared for Unix-based systems such as MacOS or Linux, but can be adapted for Windows.