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WordPress 2.9 Image/Media Upload Problems

Filed under: General — Andy @ 4:45 pm

So, as I just spent a half hour fixing friends’ blogs after the upgrade to WordPress 2.9, perhaps this will help someone else if it gets indexed by the search engines:

We were having problems with WordPress thinking that it was accepting uploads of images and trying to display them, but the files didn’t actually exist where they should have, throwing a file not found in the browser. It was a bit weird, because the only errors in the server log were that the browser couldn’t find the file, but the AJAX image editor in WordPress seemed to work. It turns out that somehow the settings got changed. If you’re having the same problem, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the WordPress Dashboard (your administration panel, where you can create new posts, etc.)
  2. Click “Settings” on the sidebar.
  3. Choose “Miscellaneous” as a subcategory.
  4. Change “Store uploads in this folder” to something correct for your server. In general, this should be “wp-content/uploads”, which is supposedly the default.

And that’s it. Image/media uploads will work again.

Andy Schmitz

(It’s not clear whether the problem was triggered by the upgrade to 2.9 or had existed for some time, but from reports that image uploading worked recently, I’m inclined to think it may indeed have been the automatic upgrade to 2.9 that caused the problems.)


  1. hello,
    this solution seems to be just about everywhere. Although it doesn’t chance my situation at all. I am using the image uploader in 2.9, but can neither see a preview nor edit the image uploaded. The message I receive when trying to edit the blank image is “Image data does not exist. Please re-upload the image.” However I have been wrestling with this for weeks, with no solution working. I am growing desperate in fixing this problem and was hoping for some help.

    Comment by spencer — 1/17/2010 @ 12:31 pm

  2. If you are on a Windows Machine check this fix

    Comment by Tiger33 — 2/17/2010 @ 8:29 pm

  3. Many thanks! Saved my day to figure it out!

    Comment by alan — 5/11/2010 @ 1:35 am

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