I warn you. I am a complete and utter newb. If I don't make sense, or I misunderstand something, please bear with me.
I used Xampp to install apache, mySQL, and PHP. To test these I installed a webforum. I access it by typing in either http://localhost/forums/index.php or http://my local IP address/forums/index.php. Both work. From the other computer in our house, I can view this forum only through http://my local IP address/forums/index.php .
by local IP address I mean 192.168.***.*** I had to call Belkin (my router manufacturer) to get directions on how to get a static address.
I have a cable connection. Therefore I have a dynamic external IP address (or so I believe). What can I do to get computers from the internet to view my forum?
Please, to tell you the truth, I really know very little about apache, mySQL, and PHP (or even the internet in general). So please bear with me. I searched other topics and none of it made any sense to me.
Oh and I'm behind a router.