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[_] WordPress uploads and auto-updates (aka brain ache)

juan kennaugh contact at
Mon Apr 18 11:42:21 BST 2011


I had that exact same problem the other week and there's lots of 
conflicting advice.

My site is hosted on 1and1 and I had success setting these

upload_max_filesize = 32M
post_max_size = 32M
memory_limit = 32M

in the php.ini file - but it had to be in the wp-admin folder

but for these to work you may have to make sure that apache is set up to allow overrides to allow you to set these values to greater than standard.

I ended up sending an email to 1and1 and they provided me with the php.ini file - which didn't work cos it was in the root - but when I put it in the wp-admin folder it did work. So I'm not sure if the messed with apache to allow overrides or not.



On 18/04/2011 10:58, Gabriel Thornton wrote:
> All heil Uber Brain :-)
> Can anyone save my poor suffering brain and give me a definitive answer on
> how (the hell) one gets WordPress to upload files bigger than 2Mb?! I have
> read about .htaccess files in the root folder and php.ini files in every
> folder or "self-replicating" php.ini files and file permissions on the
> server and I have tried all these things but I can't get them to work. One
> subsequent question. why does it have to be so bl**dy difficult?! Why can't
> it just be a setting in WordPress?!
> And while we are on the subject of things I can't get to work in WordPress.
> why can't it automatically update itself and its plugins without serious
> amounts of pain?! Does anyone have a definitive answer on how to get this to
> work. I have read the forums on this but it is beyond my level of
> understanding.
> I am moving onto Expression Engine as a result of the nightmarish
> difficulties which WordPress presents, but I still have a lot of clients on
> WordPress, so these issues will remain ever present for the foreseeable
> future!
> Your help will be greatly appreciated and may help to prevent a designer's
> mind from imploding.
> Cheers
> Gabe
> Gabriel Thornton
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