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