The problem seemed to be related to using Firefox as everything worked fine in Internet Explorer.
It appears to have set up the databases correctly in MySQL.
I am now using Internet Explorer to avoid any other problems.
However when I try to login it either takes me to :
http://www.equinoxjournals.com//index.p ... dex%2Fuser
and does not log me in or it takes me to:
http://www.equinoxjournals.com//index.p ... gin/signIn
with the message 'The page cannot be displayed'
I have flicked between session_check_ip as on or off, with little success (we have a fixed IP so this shouldn't be a problem).
The current security config is:
force_ssl = Off
force_login_ssl = Off
session_check_ip = Off
Our server does not support HTTPS
The password checking seems to work OK. When I use an incorrect username or password the site performs correctly and says "Invalid username or password. Please try again"