curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false);
Im going to try in a bit, thank u so much!
That's an SSL issue. Please try the following line before the curl_exec call
do i accept by upvote the answer? sorry, this was my first question, and i dont have enough rep to upvote the answer yet. however, i promise i'll come back to it when i can.