Solve the Exceeds the Maximum Upload Error in WordPress

Last updated on: March 30th, 2015

The Problem

Some host set the default upload size for WordPress to 2MB which is extremely low. This can cause an error when you try to upload files that are larger than this size.

The error would see would be something like:

File exceeds the maximum upload size for this site.


Are you sure you want to do this?

I’ve had several customers of my Coming Soon Plugin for WordPress complain or request refunds when they get this error because they think it’s an issue with the plugin.

The Solution

In reality this is just a simple setting you can change within your php.ini settings on your host. Some host even have a built in control panel to change the upload value.

To change this value fist check with your host documentation where the php.ini is located.

Bluehost’s Documentation

GoDaddy’s Documentation

After you locate the php.ini file you just need to change two values. Search for these two parameters below and set the value to be 32M and save.

upload_max_filesize = 32M

post_max_size = 32M

That should be it!

If you are not sure just contact your host and they can assist.

About John Turner

John Turner is the founder of SeedProd. He's an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, Marketer, SysAdmin, DBA, Support Tech and can even Cook.


  1. Christopher Angulo Avila on July 15, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Miines is set 64M already and I still have the issue.

    • John Turner on July 15, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Try 96 then, just keep uping it. Some host limit the amount of ram. In that case you may need to contact them.

      • Christopher Angulo Avila on July 20, 2017 at 11:06 pm

        Thanks, it was indeed my host blocking my max file upload size.

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