How To Fix WordPress Image / Media Uploader

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Frankly I am tired of the Flash based image uploader. It doesn’t work most of the time, when it works it is pretty unstable, frequently fails on Opera, doesn’t work (for me) on Firefox in Linux even with latest Flash, doesn’t work with .htaccess fix and more. In short it is simply not worth it. You are much better off without the Flash based image / media uploader in WordPress 2.5.1. There is a simple way you can disable it and forget it.

1. Download the no flash plugin and upload it to your wp-content/plugins folder.

2. Activate the plugin from Plugin Management screen

That’s it. No more checking Flash version, no more modifying .htaccess and tearing your hairs in frustration when WordPress Image Uploader fails to do its simple job - upload image!

Now that you have disabled it, you have to first browse the file and then click on upload to upload it, the traditional html way to upload files.

Having said that, if you really love pain and frustration then you may try some of the fixes mentioned here, none of which incidentally worked on any of my blogs.

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May 10, 2009: 11:36 am

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June 12, 2008: 5:51 am

I tried all that, went through all the available docs.
It works on Internet Explorer, unless it crashes.
It occassionally works (one in ten times) on Opera.
It never works on Firefox.
When it doesn’t work it gives a HTTP error!

The only thing which helped was simply disabling the flash.

June 11, 2008: 12:26 pm

I do not know what exactly doesn`t work for you.

Sometimes it`s just a CHMOD issue depending on your server. May be it helps if you make sure that your uploads get the right CHMOD Value. You might be able to override that.

For testing purposes you might want log on your (ftp) server and change the CHMOD for recently uploaded files to 755. After that you should see your uploaded pics within your flash editor. If this is the case it should be easy to fix it. (Would have to have a look what I`ve done against it. ;-))


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