Wordpress Error The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_fil

Hi Folks,

I just set up a Linode and configured it per the 1G guide, after installing Wordpress I found I couldn't upload a theme due to the following error:

The uploaded file exceeds the uploadmaxfilesize directive (theme is 3MB)

I edited this category in /etc/php5/cli/php.ini:

; Maximum allowed size for uploaded files.
; http://php.net/upload-max-filesize
upload_max_filesize = 200M

But it is still giving me the same error… I guess this is something silly that I'm missing, but would appreciate any insights!

4 Replies

I think you'll find '/etc/php5/cli/php.ini' only affects running php via the command line (CLI). There should be a /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini or /etc/php5/cgi/php.ini file, which you may have more luck with. Oh, and yes - restart Apache after making the changes.


Thanks guys - I think Chris nailed it as there was another php.ini file that I changed and got a new error. This for file writing permissions - so I think that worked and now I'm going to figure the other one out.

Getting a new error makes me happy… Is that weird?

You might want to consider using PHP-FPM (Debian package name php5-fpm), in which case the file to modify would be


and you don't have to restart Apache but php-fpm instead.


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