How to Fix Post-Processing of Image Failed Error in WordPress

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Are you seeing the ‘Post-Processing of Image Failed’ error in WordPress?

This error usually occurs when you are uploading an image file to WordPress using the built-in media uploader.

In this article, we will show you how to easily fix the ‘Post-Processing of Image Failed’ upload error in WordPress.

Unfortunately, sometimes during the image upload process you may see a WordPress error message like this:

The error message also suggests a possible solution. It recommends you upload a smaller image that is no larger than 2500 pixels in its longest dimension.

With that being said, let’s take a look at how to fix the ‘Post-Processing of Image Failed’ error in WordPress.

First, you should check to make sure that there are no special characters in the file name, such as an apostrophe. If it does, then you should rename the image file.

Next, you should wait a few minutes and then try uploading your image file again. If your server was simply busy as the message suggests, then it may have been caused by unusual traffic or low server resources.

Problems like these are automatically fixed on most WordPress hosting servers.

If you still see the ‘Post-Processing of Image Failed’ error after trying these steps, then the problem is not a temporary glitch, and you should read on to continue troubleshooting.

The error message suggests that your server may not have enough resources. Let’s increase the amount of memory that is available to WordPress.

You will need to increase the amount of memory PHP can use on your server. You can do this by adding the following code to your wp-config.php file.

This code increases the WordPress memory limit to 256MB, which should be enough to fix any memory limit issues.

You might also like to check whether the file is larger than your website’s upload limit. To do this, see our guide on how to increase the maximum file upload size in WordPress.

The error message says that uploading a smaller image may help. It recommends that the longest edge of your image should have no more than 2500 pixels.

When starting a new blog, many beginners simply upload images without optimizing them for the web. Not only can that cause an error message like this one, but these large image files will also make your website slower.

Having a slow website will hurt your overall SEO rankings.

To optimize the image, you will need to use an image editing software to save in the optimal file format (such as JPEG, PNG, or GIF), resize the image dimensions to a smaller size, and compress the image to make the file size smaller again.

It’s important to note that sometimes this error message can be seen even when uploading smaller images. If you see the error even when uploading optimized images, then you’ll need to move to the next step of troubleshooting.

WordPress post-processes images using two PHP modules, ImageMagick and GD Library. WordPress may use either one of them depending on which is available.

However, ImageMagick can run into memory issues that can cause errors during image uploads. To fix this, you can make the GD Library your default image editor.

You can do this by simply adding this code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

After adding this code, you should try uploading the image again.

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