I have a WP site that's protected by VPN. Neither the "public" or admin part can be accessed without VPN. As the WP core and plugins grow old they need updating, but keeping track is hard as the WP-setup can't connect to wordpress.org to check for updates, most likely due to the VPN.
For example, when I go to Dashboard -> Updates, this message is shown:
Last checked on 12th May 2017 at 1:58 pm.
You have the latest version of WordPress. If you need to re-install version 4.6.1–en_GB, you can do so [..]
Obviously, this is incorrect, as the most recent version is 4.7.4. It simply can't find a newer version and assumes 4.6.1 is the latest.
Another example is when I want to search for new plugins, then I'm prompted with this message:
An unexpected error occurred. Something may be wrong with WordPress.org or this server’s configuration.
The site is hosted on AWS. I do not know much about its configuration, but if requested I can ask someone who knows more and can possibly make changes :) I have FTP access, but not SSH or terminal.
THE GOAL: To find a way to allow the remote WP installation to communicate with & download updates from wordpress.org
Is it possible?