How to Fix “Missing a Temporary Folder” Error in WordPress

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Are you seeing ‘Missing a temporary folder’ error on your WordPress site? This error makes it impossible to upload images, update themes and plugins, or update WordPress core. In this article, we will show you how to easily fix “Missing a temporary folder” error in WordPress.

How to fix 'Missing temporary folder' error in WordPress

What Causes The ‘Missing a Temporary Folder’ Error in WordPress?

This error is caused by incorrect PHP settings on your WordPress hosting environment. There is a specific PHP setting that defines a temporary folder to be used by apps like WordPress to temporarily store data before saving it to the desired location.

WordPress needs access to this temporary folder when you upload an image, install or update a theme or plugin, or update WordPress core.

If the location of this folder is not defined in your server’s PHP configuration, then WordPress will be unable to do any of these things and will show you ‘Missing a temporary folder’ error.

Missing temporary folder error

Having said that, let’s see how to easily fix the ‘Missing a temporary folder’ error in WordPress.

Fix Missing Temporary Folder Error in WordPress

For this tutorial, you will need to edit wp-config.php file in WordPress. If you haven’t done this before, then please see our guide on how to edit wp-config.php file in WordPress.

First, you will need to connect to your website using an FTP client or File Manager in cPanel dashboard of your hosting account.

Next, you will need to locate the wp-config.php file and edit it.

Editing wp-config.php file using an FTP client

You need to paste this code to the file just before the line that says ‘That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging’.

define('WP_TEMP_DIR', dirname(__FILE__) . '/wp-content/temp/');

Save your changes and upload the wp-config.php file back to your website.

Next, you need to go to /wp-content/ folder and create a new folder inside it. You need to name this new folder temp.

Creating temp folder

That’s all, you can now visit your WordPress admin area and try uploading an image.

Troubleshooting

If this method doesn’t work, then check the directory permissions for your wp-content folder.

Note: This error is caused by poorly configured hosting environment. The solution described above is just a workaround. You should still ask your hosting provider to fix this. If they don’t, then you should switch to one of these top WordPress hosting companies.

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How to Fix “Upload: Failed to Write File to Disk” Error in WordPress

Are you seeing ‘Upload: Failed to write file to disk’ error when uploading files in WordPress? This common error can be very frustrating for beginner users. In this article, we will show you how to fix “Upload: failed to write file to disk” error in… Read More »

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Are you seeing ‘Upload: Failed to write file to disk’ error when uploading files in WordPress? This common error can be very frustrating for beginner users. In this article, we will show you how to fix “Upload: failed to write file to disk” error in WordPress.

Upload failed to write file to disk error in WordPress

What Causes Failed To Write File To Disk Error in WordPress?

This error can occur due to a number of reasons. However, the most common one is incorrect folder permissions.

Each file and folder on your website has a set of permissions. Your web server controls access to the files based on these permissions.

Incorrect permissions to a folder can take away your ability to write files on server. This means your web server cannot create or add new files to that particular folder.

If you try to upload images or any other files from WordPress admin area, you will get one of the following error messages:

  • WordPress failed to write to disk
  • WordPress has failed to upload due to an error failed to write file to disk
  • Unable to create directory wp-content/uploads/2016/03. Is its parent directory writable by the server?

Fix Upload Failed to Write to Disk Error in WordPress

First, you need to connect to your WordPress site using a FTP client.

For this tutorial, we are using the free FileZilla FTP client. If you are using some other FTP client, then it might look a little different.

Once you are connected, you need to right click on the wp-content folder and select file permissions.

FTP file permissions

This will bring up file permissions dialog box in your FTP client. It will show you file permissions for owner, group, and public.

Changing file permissions for wp-content folder

You need to enter 755 in the numeric value field.

After that, you need to check the box next to ‘Recurse into subdirectories’.

Lastly, you need to click on ‘Apply to directories only’ option.

Click on the OK button to continue.

Your FTP client will now set folder permissions to 755 and apply it to all sub-folders inside wp-content. This includes uploads folder where all your images are stored.

You also want to make sure that file permissions for individual files in your wp-content folder are correct.

Once again, right click on wp-content folder and select file permissions. This time we will change permissions for files.

Enter 644 in the numeric value and then check the box next to ‘Recurse into subdirectories’.

Lastly, you need to click on ‘Apply to files only’ option.

Click on the OK button to continue. Your FTP client will now set file permissions to 644 for all files in wp-content folder.

You can now visit your WordPress site and try uploading files.

If you still see the error, then you will need to contact your WordPress hosting provider and ask them to empty the temporary files directory.

WordPress uploads your images using PHP which first saves the uploads to a temporary directory on your web server. After that it moves them to your WordPress uploads folder.

If this temporary directory is full or is poorly configured, then WordPress will not be able to write the file to disk.

This temporary folder is located on your server and in most cases you cannot access it using FTP. You will need to contact your web host and ask them to empty it for you.

We hope this article helped you resolve ‘Upload: Failed to Write File to Disk’ Error in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to fix common image issues in WordPress.

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