How to Increase the Maximum Execution Time for a WordPress Site?

How to Increase the Maximum Execution Time for a WordPress Site?

You may receive the following error for your WordPress while installing/ updating themes or plugins –

    Fatal error: Maximum execution time of xx seconds exceeded

This issue occurs when your WordPress PHP code takes a long time to run and reaches the maximum time limit set for your hosting account.

By default, the maximum execution time to execute a PHP code is set between 30 - 60 seconds on cPanel; it should be enough for a PHP script to run. But there are three different ways to increase the WordPress maximum execution time in cPanel.

Increase PHP limit from PHP.ini file

  • You can modify the maximum execution limit if you have access to the php.ini file
  • If you don't find max_execution time on your php.ini file, you can add the following line to your php.ini file -

            max_execution_time = 200;

Increase PHP limit from wp-config file

  • You can also increase the PHP time limit from the WordPress config file wp-config.php
  • Just add or edit the following line to modify the PHP time limit –


Increase PHP limit from .htaccess file

  • If you find it easy to increase the maximum execution time for PHP code from .htaccess, you can add or edit the code listed below to your .htaccess file

            max_execution 200

We have used 200 seconds for the examples.
You can enter any digit to update the seconds as per your requirement.

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