I installed wordpress through .zip file on ubuntu. Once I finished configuring the wp-config.php, I created an account in wordpress and opened it through my localhost. When I tried to add new themes it is showing me an error message like this

An unexpected error occurred. Something may be wrong with WordPress.org or this server’s configuration. If you continue to have problems, please try the support forums.

  1. I tried to open it by using a proxy and two other connections but didn't work.
  2. I opened it in Chrome and Firefox. No use.
  3. I re-installed wordpress after clearing the obsolete files and folders. Still nothing happened.
  4. I gave full access to read write and execute to the wordpress folder in my var/www folder and files in wordpress. No use
  5. When I tried with direct connection without any proxy it is working fine.

What is the problem?

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This error indicates that your WP installation couldn't perform a network request to remote API. Either because it's prevented from doing so in general (by firewall for example) or core couldn't correctly determine and/or use available HTTP transport.

Core Control plugin is a good starting point to log and troubleshoot such network errors.

  • that plugin needs ftp connection, i dont have any username and password for that Commented May 21, 2014 at 10:08
  • @Dragonslayer FTP conenction for what? You can just download zip file and unapck into your installation since you cannot install via admin
    – Rarst
    Commented May 21, 2014 at 10:32

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