How to increase File Size Limit in WordPress Media 

 April 15, 2019

By  NickLitten

How can I increase the File Size Limit in WordPress Media?

I’ve asked myself this question way too often. I run websites on several different webhosts and frequently run into the issue uploading files to a WordPress site “exceeds the maximum upload size for this site” error. Drives me Bonkers.

Simple Solution – Increase limit with .user.ini

I read this simple technique today and it works. It’s simple to install. My brain is simple. Me Likey Mucho.

Me. My Simple Fingers Typed It.

Create a file called .user.ini in your root folder of your server (ie: the same place you have your .htaccess) and add these lines to it:

upload_max_filesize = 256M
post_max_size = 256M
memory_limit = 256M

Set your own file sizes but these work for me, pretty much across the board.

Problem solved with no tweaks required. Thankyou Internet.


IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Shameless Trekkie, Belligerent Nerd, Englishman Abroad and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and remember: If at first you don't succeed then skydiving probably isn't a hobby you should look into.

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