Running A Board forum From Your Own Pc
If you wish to install php and mysql to run a phpBB installation on your computer, first you will need installers. Most of you have windows, so I recommend FoxServ. This is a great program that installs php, mysql, and more on your windows machine in under a minute, excluding download time.
Run the foxserv install program, it is pretty self explanatory, just do what it says.
After you get everything installed, run the foxserv control panel and click the install buttons for everything.
Open winmysql ADMIN. Create a new username and pass at start-up, and then create a new database, the one you will be using for your phpBB installation.
Now download phpBB 2.0.x from phpbb.com, or download phpBBplus
After you have done such, visit phpBB2 to view your install page. enter the correct information.
database name: the name of the database you created.
database username: username you created
database password: password you created
then enter your email information and everything else as it should be. Now delete the install and contrib directories from the phpBB2 folder on your computer. Another program that works well is phpdev5 i have used it for a long time. and another site to register a dns name is dyndns.org it gives you better names.