Greetings, fellow WordPress enthusiasts! 🌟 If you’ve ever encountered the frustrating “exceeded maximum upload file size” error while trying to add media to your WordPress website, you’re not alone. In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll guide you through resolving this common issue like a pro.
Step 1: Identify the Issue
The first step is diagnosing the problem. If you’re greeted with a message that says “exceeded maximum upload file size,” you’re dealing with PHP’s upload_max_filesize and post_max_size settings. These settings determine the maximum file size allowed for uploads.
Step 2: Locate Your php.ini File
Connect to your WordPress site’s hosting server using an FTP client or your hosting’s file manager. Navigate to the root directory and look for the php.ini file. If you can’t find it, don’t worry – you can create one in the root directory.
Step 3: Edit php.ini
Open the php.ini file in a text editor. Look for lines that mention “upload_max_filesize” and “post_max_size.” These values are usually set in megabytes (M). Increase these values to your desired maximum upload size. For example:
upload_max_filesize = 64M
post_max_size = 64M
Remember, adjust the values based on your hosting’s limitations and needs.
Step 4: Save and Upload
Once you’ve made the necessary changes, save the php.ini file and upload it back to your server’s root directory using your FTP client.
Step 5: Verify Changes
To ensure your changes have taken effect, go to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Media > Add New. You should now see an increased maximum upload size, and the error should be a thing of the past.
Step 6: .htaccess Alternative
If your hosting environment uses Apache, you can also try modifying the .htaccess file. Add the following lines:
php_value upload_max_filesize 64M
php_value post_max_size 64M
php_value memory_limit 128M
php_value max_execution_time 300
php_value max_input_time 300
Remember, these values are just examples. Adjust them according to your needs.
Step 7: Contact Hosting Support
If you’re on a shared hosting plan and unable to modify these settings, don’t fret. Reach out to your hosting provider’s support. They can assist you in increasing your upload limits or guide you through the process.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully tackled the “exceeded maximum upload file size” challenge that can sometimes haunt WordPress users. By adjusting your PHP settings, you’ve taken control of your website’s upload capabilities like a true WordPress wizard.
Remember, every WordPress journey comes with its quirks, and this is just one of them. Armed with this knowledge and a willingness to troubleshoot, you’ll navigate the WordPress world with confidence.
But even after you’ve followed all the steps above and you are still facing the issue, it’s time to seek professional help. Please feel free to Contact us for our professional service for further assistance.