While running a WordPress website is often straightforward, there are some situations that can leave your scratching your head for a solution. One time will be when you see a HTTP error when uploading images to WordPress. However, it can be a simple fix if you know where to look.
In most cases, it’s a generic message that means something is going wrong, and WordPress doesn’t have a fix. While this doesn’t help you in the first instance, you can delve into WordPress’ files to search for a solution.
In this post, we’re going to show you a few ways to fix a HTTP error when uploading images to WordPress:
- Check some basic elements of your WordPress installation and internet setup.
- Make sure you optimize your image, so you don’t hit the limits of your installation.
- Increase your PHP memory allowance.
- Switch WordPress’ image editor library to something else.
We’re going to keep things short and sweet, so you’ll want to understand how to use Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) and an appropriate client. Also, you’ll want to know how to navigate the WordPress file structure.
1. Carry Out Some Simple Checks Before You Move On
As with many other errors, you’ll want to make sure that a HTTP error when uploading images to WordPress is a permanent issue. Of course, if it’s a temporary one you can wait things out and try again in the future.
To determine this, there are a number of checks you can carry out:
- The simplest solution is to wait for the issue to resolve. This is going to consist of regular checks back to the Media Library.
- You could try working with the browser, such as clearing the cache, or even changing the browser.
- If you know you have installed a new theme or plugin, this could be the cause of your error. For this situation, you should deactivate those plugins or themes until you determine whether they are the cause of the error.
- In some cases, you might need to check the file permissions of your WordPress core files. This isn’t going to be the cause In our experience, because it’s rare to see the permissions change unless you edit them/ However, you shouldn’t rule it out.
The goal here is to make sure that any HTTP error when uploading images to WordPress is a permanent one that needs your magic hands. Once you know this to be the case, you can look into a resolution.
2. Upload an Optimized Image File
This solution is a two-pronged approach. First, you’ll want to make sure (and remind yourself) of your media upload settings. For security reasons, you often will create ‘boundaries’ to help keep sizes small, and potential risks minimal.
Once you know what those parameters are (or you set suitable ones), you can then look to the media you upload. Most of the time, the cause of the HTTP error when uploading images to WordPress is because your upload exceeds the set parameters.