How to Increase the Max Upload Size in WordPress

increase max upload size wordpress

A low WordPress upload size limit stops you from uploading large files, plugins, and themes. If you’re building a media-heavy website, that can be a considerable obstacle. It’s necessary to increase the max upload size in WordPress or your server (or both) in such cases.

Depending on your hosting provider and server, there are many ways to go about solving this issue. We’ll cover them all in this article and show you how to increase the maximum upload size in WordPress quickly.

Let’s dive in!

What Is the Maximum Upload Size in WordPress?

Uploading large files to a server consumes a lot of the server’s resources. To prevent users from causing server timeouts, the default maximum upload size in WordPress typically ranges from 4 MB to 128 MB. Usually, the hosting provider sets this limit at the server level.

WordPress also includes constants that define this limit, but they cannot override the server-level settings in most cases.

The default max upload file size at Kinsta is set to 128 MB.

To verify this, go to your WordPress site’s Media Library. Here, try to upload a file that crosses this maximum upload file size limit. You’ll see an error message that looks something like this:

Error while uploading a large file in WordPress

The “exceeds the maximum upload size for this site” error can be frustrating, but it exists for two main reasons: security and efficiency. It hinders site owners and other users, including malicious actors, from uploading huge files (e.g. high-resolution images, large videos).

Otherwise, it can result in incapacitating your website’s server, making your site come to a crawl. Or worse, it can bring your site down altogether!

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How to Check the Current Maximum Upload Size in WordPress

There are many ways to check your WordPress site’s current max upload size. Let’s go through all of them.

In the Media Library

The quickest way to check your site’s current maximum upload size is to go to your WordPress dashboard, and from there, go to Media > Library. Here, click on the Add New button to activate the media uploader tool.

The "Maximum upload size limit" in WordPress

The “Maximum upload size limit” in WordPress

As Kinsta hosts this site, the Maximum upload file size: 128 MB. message displays below the Select Files button. If you’re using a different web hosting provider,



This article was written by Salman Ravoof and originally published on Blog – Kinsta.

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