Problem with Wordpress updater and Jetpack connection (register_http_request_failed)

  • Posted October 17, 2014

Three days ago I uploaded new version of my blog, and when I was activate Jetpack plugin on Wordpress API, I always receive a message about http_headers. Below, the message that I’m getting:

Jetpack could not contact register_http_request_failed. This usually means something is incorrectly configured on your web host.
name lookup timed out

I don’t change any configurations in my droplet, iptables or file permissions…yesterday (10/16/2014) I received a mail from Digital Ocean talking about SSL v3, and I think this can be the root of problem (or not).

Is there any change or lock on datacenter that could block Wordpress authentication with Wordpress API ?

More info

-Admin interface is so slow because wordpress always checks for updates of his core (5-10 seconds to get response for a request avg).


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I found the problem on my DNS config. Here (in Brazil) we always use Google’s DNS ( or, my droplet has these ones on resolv.conf.

I looking for NY public DNS and replaced current DNSs by this new one (

My /etc/resolv.conf:



All internal requests from Wordpress are working perfectly.

I just found this answer (read the comment to the answer by davidkomer).

Only having one nameserver in resolv.conf fixed it.

I removed and all seems copacetic. In case one wants to continue using Google DNS.

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