Solve the Exceeds the Maximum Upload Error in WordPress

John Turner founder of SeedProd Posted by John Turner on March 23, 2015

Last updated on: March 30, 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.

John Turner founder of SeedProd

By John Turner

John is the founder of and a WordPress Developer with over 15 years of development experience.

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