WordPress – Unexpected response from the server Fixed

October 10, 2020 by No Comments

unexpected response from the server. The file may have been uploaded successfully. Check in the Media Library or reload the page.

If you’re seeing this error and dont know how to tackle it, I have a solution for you right here in this post.

There are a couple of settings we are going to change on our php.ini file and an additional rule we are going to add to our Nginx Site Configuration.

If you dont have access to these files, you should contact your hosting company and asked them to configure these stuffs for you.

Configuring php.ini file

Open your php.ini file and change the following lines to these values.

php.ini file lives here /etc/php/7.4/fpm

Run this code to open php.ini

sudo nano /etc/php/7.4/fpm/php.ini
upload_max_filesize = 256M
max_file_uploads = 256M
memory_limit = 256M
post_max_size = 500M
Hint: use Ctrl + w on your keyboard to find.

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Configure Nginx Site configuration

The above php configuration might be a reason you’re having this error but in my case, adding this line to my nginx site configuration is what fixed it.

Your nginx file lives here /etc/nginx/sites-available

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/yoursite

Once open add the following directive to set the maximum allowed size in HTTP(server/location) section

client_max_body_size 10M;

After adding it you’re nginx configuration should now look like this

server {
        listen 80;
        root /var/www/yoursite.com/public;

        index index.php index.html index.htm index.nginx-debian.html;
        server_name yoursite.com;

        client_max_body_size 10M;

        location / {
                #try_files $uri $uri/ =404;
                 try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$args;

        location ~ \.php$ {
                include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
                fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php/php7.4-fpm.sock;

        location ~ /\.ht {
                deny all;

        location = /favicon.ico { log_not_found off; access_log off; }
        location = /robots.txt { log_not_found off; access_log off; allow all; }
        location ~* \.(css|gif|ico|jpeg|jpg|js|png)$ {
                expires max;
                log_not_found off;

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