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

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Do you see a “Miss Temporary Folder” error on your WordPress site? This error prevents uploading images, updating themes and plug-ins, or updating the WordPress kernel. In this article, we will show you how to easily fix the “Missing temporary folder” error in WordPress.

What are the causes of the “Miss temporary folder” error in WordPress?

This error is due to incorrect PHP settings on your WordPress hosting environment. A specific PHP setting defines a temporary folder for use by applications such as WordPress to temporarily store data before saving it to the desired location.

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

If the location of this folder is not defined in the PHP configuration of your server, WordPress will not be able to perform any of these operations and will show you the error “Miss a temporary folder”.

That said, let’s see how to easily fix the “Miss Temporary Folder” error in WordPress.

Fixed a missing temporary folder error in WordPress

For this tutorial, you will need to edit the wp-config.php file in WordPress.

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

Then you will have to locate the wp-config.php file and modify it.

You have to paste this code into the file just before the line that says  “That’s it, stop editing! Good blogging’.


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

Then you have to go to a  /wp-content/ folder and create a new folder inside. You must name this new folder.temp

That’s it, you can now visit your WordPress admin area and try to upload an image.

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If this method does not work, check the directory permissions for your wp-content folder.

Note:  This error is due to an incorrectly configured hosting environment. The solution described above is only a workaround. You should always ask your hosting provider to resolve this problem.

We hope this article has helped you fix the “missing a temporary folder” error in WordPress. You may want to add a bookmark to our final list of the most common WordPress errors and find out how to fix them.

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