Solve wordpress error: exceeds the maximum upload size for this site.

If you tried to upload a big file in WordPress and came across this error “exceeds the maximum upload size for this site”, this is for you.

This has nothing to do with WordPress and is a php.ini resource limit set by the server. If you are in a shared hosting environment with no access to editing php.ini, woe on you. There’s nothing you can do. Get a VPS or dedicated server!

On a VPS or dedi, the first step in fixing the issue is determining which php.ini is the cause of this, as there may be many. For this, create a file with the following content:


Name it as phpinfo.php and run it on you site. It will show you the resource limits, and the php.ini file which caused this. Once you locate the correct php.ini, edit it and change the values for these variables: upload_max_filesize and post_max_size. Yes both of them need to be increased.
Save the php file and you’ll notice the changes right away. If not restart the apache (or nginx) server with:

service apache2 restart

Note that on Webmin, each Virtualmin virtual server has a seperate php.ini file. You can edit it at Virtualmin>Services>php5 configuration>Resource limits

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