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My admin panel is very slow I've tried to debug the issue. I nailed it to the function wp_remote_post and an internal error message thrown by curl on this line

return new WP_Error( 'http_request_failed', curl_error( $handle ) );

I wonder what would have happened if I uninstalled curl. Can WordPress use other mechanisms to make http requests or is curl required?

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Wordpress themselfes claim to not require anything else than:

  • Nginx or Apace .
  • PHP 5.2.4 or greater.
  • MySQL or some other database that connects to PHP's mysqli_connect(...), like MariaDB.
  • Some way to rewrite requests like Apache mod_rewrite.

No requirements for curl is mentioned, so I would assume that it will use other methods if curl is not avaible.

Refrence: https://wordpress.org/about/requirements/

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For the record, I have uninstalled curl and wordpress was working on seamlessly.

So I confirm that cirl is not a dependency of wordpress.

However, some plugins may require curl.

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