February 13, 2020
February 13, 2020
Are you unable to upload large files to WordPress? We’ve got you covered! Here, we will uncover how to increase the maximum file upload size in WordPress. By the end of the article, you will know how to modify the upload limit to meet your needs.
WordPress provides a built-in media uploader. It saves you time as you don’t have to connect with FTP clients or use a File Manager from your hosting provider. Despite so, the PHP-based uploader has an upload limit for maximum file size. The upload file limit may vary depending on your hosting provider and WordPress configuration.
You can check your WordPress upload file limit by navigating to Media -> Add New from the administrator dashboard.
While the maximum upload file limit is more than enough to accommodate regular use, there are cases where you may need to upload large files. This can be problematic as uploading files bigger than the allowed size results in ‘the uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini’ error.
Fortunately, there are three ways to increase WordPress’ maximum upload size. The following tutorial will guide you through all of them.
To modify WordPress’ file upload size, you need to access your hosting control panel and WordPress administrator dashboard. Make sure you have access to both of them before diving into the tutorial below.
Here are three ways to increase WordPress’ maximum file upload size:
Many hosting providers allow you to change the PHP settings via .htaccess file. You can take advantage of this ability to apply php_value upload_max_filesize rule in this file.
Here’s how this method works:
php_value upload_max_filesize 128M php_value post_max_size 128M php_value max_execution_time 300 php_value max_input_time 300
This method is most suitable for WordPress sites with VPS hosting as shared hosting providers generally don’t allow editing the php.ini file. If you’re running on shared hosting, make sure to contact your hosting support team and clarify whether or not you can modify the php.ini file.
Here’s how to increase the maximum file upload size by configuring php.ini file:
upload_max_filesize = 128M post_max_size = 128M max_execution_time = 300
Alternatively, you can increase WordPress’ maximum file upload size by modifying your theme’s functions.php file. Despite so, please note that the modification will revert to default if you change your site’s theme.
Here’s how to change the maximum file upload size by modifying functions.php file:
@ini_set( 'upload_max_size' , '64M' ); @ini_set( 'post_max_size', '64M'); @ini_set( 'max_execution_time', '300' );
Despite enforcing a maximum file upload size, WordPress allows you to increase its limit. The tutorial above shows that there are multiple ways of increasing WordPress’ maximum file upload size. If these methods don’t work for you, it’s best to reach out to your hosting provider and let them alter it for you.