Attacking Common Applications - Wordpress

I am currently stuck at the Wordpress attack section, trying to run wpscan against blog.inlanefreight.local
I am able to ping the server but wpscan keeps timing out all the time. When I load the address in my webbrowser, the response is also extremely slow and times out in most cases.

Scan Aborted: HTTP Error: (Timeout was reached)

Are there people with the same issue? I re-started the target multiple times, disconnected the VPN, re-started wpscan with longer timeout, but it won’t help…