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  • Hi,

    I’m using a single install of WP 3.8 on a self hosted server.

    When going to Akismet to input the API key the following message is displayed: “There was a problem connecting to the Akismet server. Please check your server configuration.”

    On trying to save the API key this message is shown: “The key you entered could not be verified because a connection to could not be established. Please check your server configuration.”

    I have tried a default WP theme and the problem persists. It also persists when every other plugin is deactivated.

    I copy and pasted the WP files I am using to a new server form an old server, as is described here: The old server was a shared hosting setup, whereas the new one is a VM.

    On my WP Admin dashboard under WordPress News the following message is displayed: “RSS Error: WP HTTP Error: couldn’t connect to host”.

    Additionally when I search for new plugins from with the WP admin panel I get this message: “An unexpected error occurred. Something may be wrong with or this server’s configuration. If you continue to have problems, please try the support forums.”

    I also had issues with getting media files uploaded until I changed the owner of the uploads folder to www-data.

    I strongly expect I have set up the server wrong in some way as I have not done any of this before. However, I haven’t a clue what I have done wrong.

    Any help, especially that in lay man’s terms, is greatly appreciated.


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