How to Increase the Maximum File Upload Size in WordPress for Longer Audio Podcast Recordings

Depending on the web hosting company you choose and the package you select, each of you will see maximum file upload limit on your Media Uploader page in WordPress. For some it is as low as 2MB which is clearly not enough for longer podcast episode recordings. In this article, we will show you how to increase the maximum file upload size in WordPress.

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1. Theme Functions File

There are cases where we have seen that just by adding the following code in the theme function’s file, you can increase the upload size:

@ini_set( 'upload_max_size' , '64M' );<br />
@ini_set( 'post_max_size', '64M');<br />
@ini_set( 'max_execution_time', '300' );<br />

2. Create or Edit an existing PHP.INI file

In most cases if you are on a shared host, you will not see a php.ini file in your directory, so make sure to get a solid wordpress site hosting. If you do not see one, then create a file called php.ini and upload it in the root folder and the wp-admin folder. In that file add the following code:

upload_max_filesize = 64M<br />
post_max_size = 64M<br />
max_execution_time = 300

This method is reported to work for many users. Remember if 64 doesn’t work, try something more reasonable, such as 10MB.

3. htaccess Method

Some people have tried using the htaccess method whereby modifying the .htaccess file in the root directory, you can increase the maximum upload size in WordPress. Open or create the .htaccess file in the root folder and add the following code:

php_value upload_max_filesize 64M<br />
php_value post_max_size 64M<br />
php_value max_execution_time 300<br />
php_value max_input_time 300

Again, it is important that we emphasize that if you are on a shared hosting package, these techniques may not work. In that case, you would have to contact your web hosting provider to increase the limit for you. Some hosts completely turn down their users. I recommend that you use Bluehost. Their support folks are very helpful in these situations.

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