cowpoke wrote:So this isn't plug/play in the sense that I load it to my machine and run from there (I think there are some forums that do that)
No. I don't know of any that work like that. For people to find it, it needs to be on a server which is open to the world. You wouldn't do that on your home computer.
Well, yes, except you can - if you want to. It's (quite) possible to run a localhost server (test environment) to, perhaps, (for example) pre-configure everything prior to going live; although there are other, various, ways to do the same. :)
As per rules of this forum, none of this can be linked - but, a (Google) web query will return easy results... For some things such as WampServer, and XAMPP from Apache Friends - and similar.