Re: Do I Need a Server?
Sounds like you need to find someone local to walk you through it. You need a server environment to run the software. It’s not an executable you run on your desktop. You need a web server, a MySQL database and PHP. Those things can be installed on your desktop, or, with your domain, you can find a cheap/good web host to host this site, and you can install the software there. It will work either way. On your desktop, you don’t have to pay for a hosting account. If you have a domain though, why *not* get a host?
You can do this all on your desktop without paying for a server or hosting account at all, so long as you install server software on your desktop. https://bbpress.org/forums/topic/do-i-need-a-server#post-24581