Nov 27 2012

Remove ISPConfig maximum upload size of 2M for WordPress

If you are using WordPress on a ISPConfig3 hosting solution with PHP-FPM, you may be limited to 2MB upload size.

Error message :

Maximum upload file size: 2MB. After a file has been uploaded, you can add titles and descriptions.
filename.pdf exceeds the maximum upload size for this site.

To solve this you need to edit the php.ini file located in /etc/php5/cgi/php.ini instead of the classic /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini.

Edit the lines below and change 2M to 50M:

; Maximum allowed size for uploaded files.
; http://php.net/upload-max-filesize
upload_max_filesize = 50M
; Maximum size of POST data that PHP will accept.
; http://php.net/post-max-size
post_max_size = 50M

Restart Apache2, then relogin to WordPress.

Also see this post if you are running PHP-FPM which may also limit you.


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  1. pawel

    In my case I put this in Sites – my site name- Options – Apache Directives

    php_admin_value post_max_size 50M
    php_admin_value upload_max_filesize 50M

    it works for me in ISPconfig3

  2. Martyn

    Cool, worked for when the apache directive and php directive in ISPConfig wouldnt. Thanks

  3. Replicator

    It doesen´t work. I Changed both files and restartet Apache…. No Way…

  4. Volker

    If you are using ISPConfig 3 and Owncloud with FastCGI PHP

    Apache Directives:


    Custom php.ini settings:

    max_execution_time = 6000
    upload_max_filesize = 125M
    post_max_size = 150M

    1. Peter

      @Volker. Thanks. The apache directive made it!

  5. Arthur

    It works for me thanks a lot !

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