Blogs not created upon registration

I can go through the sign up to create a new blog but the blog doesn’t appear to get set up. I can see the new user in the admin and the new blog appears in the network admin site list. All emails are sent for activation and site confirmation.

Two things I see as problems are;

1. The emails sent to activate and confirm show the url as http://www.mysite.comnewstore/ there is not a / between the url and the blog name.

2. There is nothing written to the blog directories when I view them using ftp.

If I can at least get these two items fixed it might help me move closer to making this all work. (BTW. I’m attempting to set up an etsy type sight using sub-directories with multisite, marketpress and pro sites.)