My last input..it's been said elsewhere a lot, but...
Don't overlook the possibilty that the server host doesn't allow fsockopen and so you'll never get it to work.
Find a site that runs LGSL ok (like mine) then run a 'whois DNS lookup' (google it) search on said site, to find out who they host with.
I'm guessing Merrick, but yours might be that kind of site, incompatable with LGSL.
My host is very good, and very cheap, I hope they're around for a while to come.
...and finally... take a look at the idea of running a home (offline) server for diagnostics, before uploading LGSL to your site. it's quicker for diagnostics since all files are local. Rich has a link to XAMP in his software list, and I use WAMP, both easy to setup and control.