I am trying to install Wordpress on ubuntu linux with XAMPP providing the apache, mysql php etc. Things are very default with only security passwords set as appropriate during the installation.
All seemed to be going well with the Wordpress installation until I try to install a plug-in from the admin console of wordpress. I get a strange error message when I use the plugin search box - the following gets returned: "An Unexpected HTTP Error occurred during the API request."
This looks to me like the wordpress installation is having the reply blocked from the server it queried. On the add new plugin page there is a field for the wordpress server to provide the popular search terms. This is also empty. I have a working installation on another box, but not using XAMPP - what is there in the XAMPP configuration that could be blocking the outside content?