The gitlab url displays RHEL Test Page

new install of gitlab-ee-12.9.2-ee.0.el7.x86_64 on a fresh VM
used the following to install: EXTERNAL_URL=“http://mbrhel7-alexajo” rpm -i gitlab-ee-12.9.2-ee.0.el7.x86_64
both httpd.conf and nginx.conf are listening on port 80

Here is where it gets wierd:

(and I am referring to the links text-only browser here on RHEL)

from mbrhel7-alexajo: links http://localhost <----- displays the RHEL Test Page
from mbrhel7-alexajo: links http://localhost:8080 <---------- displays the correct login page
from mbrhel7-alexajo: links http://mbrhel7-alexajo <-------- displays the RHEL test Page
from mbrhel7-alexajo: links http://mbrhel7-alexajo:8080 <— Unable to retrieve http://mbrhel7-alexajo:8080/: Connection refused
from firefox on my RHEL desktop: http://mbrhel7-alexajo <-------- displays the RHEL test Page
from firefox on my RHEL desktop: http://mbrhel7-alexajo:8080 <---- Secure connection failed. The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified.

The install docs do not go beyond just go to the url you provided on install and you will be prompted for a password (which I am if I do localhost:8080). Does anyone have any idea what I am missing? Any why localhost:8080 is working when nothing else is?

systemctl status firewalld is stopped
getenforce is permissive just for this to make sure nothing is interfering here.

Thanks for your time.