I know this is an old post, but I'm hoping those involved might be able to help me out. My goal was initially the same: to increase my upload limit on a WordPress site, hosted on Dreamhost. I've gone through the processes described above as best I can (I know essentially nothing about PHP, SSH, and all of the related stuff). For some reason, my site is still down. I tried the whole "touch dispatch.fcgi" thing via SSH in Terminal (Mac OSX), and it didn't seem to do anything (I made sure to point to cgi-bin/dispatch.fcgi). My site is giving me an error:
"Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator, email@example.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.
More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request."
I can't seem to figure out what the problem is. I haven't done anything with the .htaccess file, mainly because I don't what it is or where to find it. Sorry to be such a total newbie with this stuff, but I'm doing the best I can and I think I'm just making things worse. I ran the tool at sabrextreme.com and that seems to be what first started causing the errors.
There's a cgi-bin folder now in the root folder of my site that I don't believe was there before, and it contains dispatch.cgi, dispatch.fcgi, php.ini and a folder named test, which contains a debug.txt and info.php. If I open up the php.ini, it tells me it's a custom php.ini that replaces the old one, though I don't remember there ever actually being one (I looked for it before running that tool and could not find it, guessing it's hidden by default).
If I rename the cgi-bin folder to something random and reload the site, I still get nothing. I also tried re-running the tool from sabrextreme and it won't allow me to (it just gives me the same error).
If I FTP into the backend of my site, all of the Wordpress files are still present. I've made a local backup of everything there, just in case I need to start from scratch and rebuild, but I'm hoping someone here can help me find a better way.
Thanks in advance,