WooCommerce: Fix the “uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini” error

When importing a big export file from another site, or when installing dummy data from your template developer, the error “the uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini” is likely to show. Here’s what you can do to fix it.

1. Open your .htaccess file via FTP or File manager

WordPress: fix the upload php.ini problem
WordPress: fix the upload php.ini problem

2. Add the following code at the bottom of .htaccess


# BEGIN Increase Max Upload Size
php_value upload_max_filesize 20M
php_value post_max_size 20M
php_value max_execution_time 300
php_value max_input_time 300
# END Increase Max Upload Size

Where to add this code?

You can place PHP snippets at the bottom of your child theme functions.php file (before "?>" if you have it). CSS, on the other hand, goes in your child theme style.css file. Make sure you know what you are doing when editing such delicate files - if you need more guidance, please take a look at my free WooCommerce Customization video tutorial.

Does this snippet still work?

Please let me know in the comments if everything worked as expected. I would be happy to revise the snippet if you report otherwise (please provide screenshots). I have tested this code with Storefront theme, the WooCommerce version listed above and a WordPress-friendly hosting on PHP 7.

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Rodolfo Melogli

Author, WooCommerce expert and WordCamp speaker, Rodolfo has worked as a WooCommerce freelancer since 2011. His goal is to help entrepreneurs and developers overcome their WooCommerce nightmares. Rodolfo loves travelling, chasing tennis & soccer balls and, of course, wood fired oven pizza.

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