WordPress WP-Cron cURL connection refused

I created a droplet from the WordPress One Click install option, set everything up, and tried to schedule a post. The schedule failed and after some digging I found the error message

cURL error 7: Failed to connect to <domain>.com port 443: Connection refused

I SSH’ed into the droplet and tried cURL and wget but I get the same result. I have no idea what’s wrong or how to fix it. Can someone please point me in the right direction?

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Since you’re on Ubuntu, run:

ufw status

That’ll tell you whether or not ufw is enabled and if it is, which ports are open on the server. If it’s not enabled, then the issue would be that you either don’t have SSL enabled (for your domain), thus it’s not returning a successful return code, or something else is preventing the connection.