Running XMAPP as localhost.
After installing Joomla I tried to register but "instantiation" failed. Configured Mercury to bounce off an external SMTP which sends back to Outlook express. But Joomla doesn't connect with Mercury or the external SMTP.
I'm new to this and need a step by step configuration protocol.
I won't accept links to forums as an answer. I'm pretty good on The Google ;-) and often these forums have multiple answers - not necessary relevant to a localhost setup. Then again if you find an answer you know to be relevant then it shouldn't be too hard to cut and paste.
I have a webhost but I'd like to experiment on localhost so it is also not an answer to refer me to the webhost.
Thanks in advance for any help on this issue.