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[Resolved] Uploading files bigger than 8MB

  • I need to upload some pdf documents to my website that are larger than the 8MB media upload limit on wordpress – can someone please help me here! It is relatively urgent too. Thank you

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  • The limit that’s set there isn’t set by WordPress – it’s set by the settings on your hosting server.

    You’ve got four choices really…

    First, you can try to set the limit higher yourself by using some php.ini tricks. Do a search for that and you’ll find a lot of information, but it’s going to be a bit technical so if you don’t know what you’re doing it may seem over your head.

    Second, contact your hosting company and ask them to raise the upload limit for your account.

    Thirdly, you can use FTP to upload the files to your site. You’ll have to figure out the URL for the links yourself though because WordPress won’t recognise them without an entry in the database.

    Finally, I use a work-around when files are to big, and it works fine – however it does require the use of FTP to get the files onto the server and it is a fair few steps. I won’t go into it here yet because it’s really a last resort.

    8MB media upload limit on wordpress

    This is not a WP limit but is a Web Host issue…discuss inceasing this with your webhost or if you can use a php.ini file to do so then use in it:

    upload_max_filesize = 64M

    Ask host the limit allowed. Note if this upload takes a very long time the script may also timeout…which is also set in a php.ini

    max_input_time = 60
    max_execution_time = 120

    Again, discuss with host.

    Hi again. So, I have just spoken to the Web Hosting company and they don’t have a limit on uploads. I checked again on the media upload section of the wordpress platform and that is actually where it says there is an 8MB limit on uploads.

    Could the problem be that I am running the previous version of WordPress??? If the problem is that I need to upload to the newest WordPress version, I have been avoiding this since I don’t know how to back up all the information in my website and it says that you should do that before upgrading. Any tips please?

    normally there are 3 ways to increase the media file size limit in wordpress.

    check this link: http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-increase-the-maximum-file-upload-size-in-wordpress/

    Thanks, I will try that.



    Forum Moderator

    DEFINITELY get updated to current WP – it’s a security risk to run old versions. Here’s info on backing up:


    There are good plugins to help you with it.

    And for updating, this has helpful info:


    fukr – I tried to do the theme functions code and got this message: Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘@’ in /home/mattbatt/public_html/wp-content/themes/polaris/functions.php on line 19

    I checked for the unexpected @ and deleted the theme functions code but can’t seem to fix it. Can you help me?



    Forum Moderator

    @mattbattle – download a new copy of your theme and replace that file using FTP or Cpanel to access your site files on the server.

    If you need additional help, please start a new thread as per the forum guidelines –


    Thank you for your prompt response. I just need the password to one of my accounts then I’ll be good. Peace



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    Great! BTW, another solution to this problem would be to upload those files using FTP and use this plugin:



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