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I installed Wordpress with Easy Engine and I am receiving an error that Wordpress cannot connect to Wordpress.org

I also have LetsEncrypt installed. Here is the full error:

FastCGI sent in stderr: "PHP message: PHP Warning: An unexpected error occurred. Something may be wrong with WordPress.org or this server configuration. WordPress could not establish a secure connection to WordPress.org. Please contact your server administrator.

Everything was working fine up until a few hours ago. I tried to search online for a solution but couldn’t find one.

This error is preventing me from downloading and installing plugins.

Any suggestions?

Mike

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You’re probably hit by the latest security update from Ubuntu, which messed up some certificates, which PHP uses to make the secure connection. https://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-3239-1/

Run this service php7.0-fpm restart and it should fix it. Or simply restart your server. People running Apache, needs to restart that with service apache restart

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I have the same problem as Mike. “WordPress could not establish a secure connection to WordPress.org. Please contact your server administrator.” I cannot update plugins or download themes.

Also, in the Wordpress News section on the WP dashboard I get this error “RSS Error: WP HTTP Error: User has blocked requests through HTTP.”

I have installed Wordpress on a 512mb digital ocean droplet using Serverpilot. Lets encrypt certificate is installed.

Please help.

Thanks, Ananth