I have installed wordpress in my xampp server. everything looks great. I am using proxy so i have added below snippet in wp_config.php to use proxies.

/* Configure proxy Server */
define('WP_PROXY_HOST', '');
define('WP_PROXY_PORT', '5656');
define('WP_PROXY_USERNAME', 'xxxx');
define('WP_PROXY_PASSWORD', 'xxxx');

I think there is problem in installation. So I am editing the question. I install WP and set proxies like i said. then I go to Dashboard and there is news section which shows the error like following.

Wordpress news section

when i try to INSTALL any theme. It shows following Error.

Installation failed: Download failed. cURL error 56: Proxy CONNECT aborted 

Shown in this image

I couldn't find much on this.Any help would be so awesome!

  • Hi, Are you using a Apple laptop or system if so check this post as it is down to user permissions , wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/261027/… I switched to Mamp for this reason as updating to newer version of xamp broke mysql databases.
    – Sam
    Commented May 2, 2017 at 19:24
  • Hello @sam thank you for your reply but im not using apple laptop. I am trying to install WP on win7. Commented May 3, 2017 at 5:23

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I think you need to set up - Implements a proxy/gateway for Apache: https://gist.github.com/ralphcrisostomo/4036231

More explanation here: https://rada.neocities.org/xampp-windows-proxy-server.html

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