First time I faced this problem & trying to find out solution but it seems to me that it happens very few and that is why no more solution has been found like this & that is why I am here.

WordPress Import Message:

File is empty. Please upload something more substantial. This error could also be caused by uploads being disabled in your php.ini or by post_max_size being defined as smaller than upload_max_filesize in php.ini.

I am getting above message when trying to import a previously imported file like the bellow image. Could you please tell me how to solve this?

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I already tried to find the solution by googling but could not yet?

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    the error itself states the problem, did you checked upload_max_filesize? are you working on local server like xampp etc? Feb 19, 2017 at 16:52
  • yes, i am working in localhost but i exported the file from live server. but where is the file size declaration? -thanks
    – Shihab
    Feb 19, 2017 at 16:56
  • learn how to google : See this, tell me one more thing how much space is left in your dirve where you've installed local server? Feb 19, 2017 at 17:02
  • i added my answer below with a brief Feb 19, 2017 at 17:25

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You need to increase the upload limit in your php.ini.

To increase the maximum upload file size, open your php.ini file in the "xampp/php/php.ini" directory. search for upload_max_filesize and increase the value like :

upload_max_filesize = 128M

In order to fix this problem, you need to navigate into your cpanel and change the PHP functions to increase the size.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGJrlvV_vQ4

  • In the comments on the question, it was stated that this was happening in a localhost context. I don't think cpanel was the issue here.
    – Pat J
    Apr 17, 2018 at 14:06

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