Quote: Originally Posted by septprince
I wanted to host a forum(for my school friends where my ex-classmates can talk chat )from my computer.
So I downloaded mybb and xampp(contains apache2.2, php5.3, etc) to do that.
I installed mybb without any problem.
I can also open the forum by typing "hhtp:/localhost/friendsbb".
Now my problem is that I dont know what to do next so that my friends can access the forum over internet...
I am trying to do this since morning but with no result...
Can anyone help me??
Basically, it sounds like you want to "Access my home network from the Internet", or remotely, only you want to give others access as well. You can get lots of tips and suggestions googling the quoted topic, or something similar.
You will need to use the IP address assigned to you by your Service Provider. I get a dynamic address, meaning when my SP upgrades/expands its servers, I get a new IP address. When that happens, all links are broken until everyone gets the new IP address. To prevent this you need a "static" IP address which you must pay for either from your SP or from one of the websites that provide this service.
Question: Does your contract with your SP allow for the increased traffic from operating a server in your home?
Next you will need to setup your router for "port forwarding" and configure your firewall to allow the external network access. There is a web site that can show how to configure port forwarding on almost every router ever made, amazing.
Exposing your home network and your personal computer to this kind of external access presents some dangers. To protect yourself, you will need to secure any access you allow to your friends. The simple home network with its lack of passwords and other secure sockets will no longer do.
There are some other possibilities you might consider. There are free websites, supported by advertising, designed for just what you and your friends would like to do. Also, I am aware of paid sites for as little as $5 USD monthly, without advertising, that support open source software and would allow you to manage a forum securely and not expose your personal computer or anger your Service Provider.
Google "Remote access to your home network" (or something similar) for details on how to set it up.
If I wasn't so slow, I wouldn't be so far behind