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Solve the Exceeds the Maximum Upload Error in WordPress

Posted by John Turner on March 12, 2020

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.

or

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.

Comments

  1. Christopher Angulo Avila says:

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

    1. John Turner says:

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

      1. Christopher Angulo Avila says:

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

        1. John Turner says:

          Great! Cheers

  2. Portal OnPlace says:

    Great post, it helped me a lot here.

  3. Madhukar Vb says:

    I tried all the file size, still i am not getting

    1. John Turner says:

      you might want to contact your host then and see if they can assist.

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