WordPress.org – File is empty error – Please upload something more substantial
Today, I installed the WordPress.org blogging software on the little bit of free web space my ISP give to me so graciously. The 5 minute install was exactly that. But then I lost hours of my life with this error:
File is empty. Please upload something more substantial. This error could also be caused by uploads being disabled in your php.ini or by post_max_size being defined as smaller than upload_max_filesize in php.ini.
Every time I attempted to upload a media file I was confronted with this problem. And the WordPress version refused to update; the update screen seemed to just freeze every time I tried.
The theory on how to fix this problem is complicated, yet the solution is simple.
Right click on the link below and select Save Link as…. php.ini
The contents of the php.ini file are this:
<?php phpinfo() ?> memory_limit = 128M
Essentially, it overrides the settings set by your ISP as to what file sizes you are allowed to upload.
Upload the file via ftp to your /wp-admin/ folder on your ISP
Then everything will burst into life and work as normal.