WordPress – “Missing a temporary folder”

A client of mine emailed me yesterday saying they couldn’t upload photos on their WordPress-powered blog. It was coming up with the error:

“file.jpg” has failed to upload due to an error
Missing a temporary folder.

After some searching and a lot of reading, the only solution seemed to be that it related to the php.ini file which I didn’t have access to. All the folders had the correct permissions, so I was sure it was related to the php configuration and that I wouldn’t be able to help.

Just out of curiosity, I did the equivalent of “turning it off and on again” – I reloaded WordPress. It was already the latest version, so I just copied over all the WordPress files (except the wp-content folder and the wp-config.php file, as you would do if you were updating WordPress).

Somehow, this actually worked. The error was gone and files uploaded with no problems. I haven’t seen this posted as a solution anywhere, so I thought I’d just put this out there as an option.

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