WordPress is mainly running based on PHP scripts. Every server sets a time limit for scripts that can run on the server. By default, the maximum execution time of PHP for WordPress is set as 30 seconds, if the limit exceeded then the WordPress shows the error as exceeded the limit. There are many methods to increase max_execution_time in WordPress.

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It can be solved by three ways;

  1. Edit php.ini file
  2. Edit wp-config.php file
  3. Edit .htaccess file

    Let’s see how these 4 methods we can do in an apache web server.
  • Edit php.ini file

We can increase the “max_execution_time” value in php.ini file and the php.ini file will be mostly located in /etc/php.ini

vim /etc/php.ini
max_execution_time = 300
  • 2.Edit wp-config.php file

The wp-config.php file is the default WordPress configuration file and we can increase the “maximum execution time” in wp-config.php file

  • Edit .htaccess file

If we use the Apache webserver then there is a .htaccess file that is used for how apache serves files from its root directory. Edit .htaccess file located in the WordPress installed root directory of apache by adding the below line at the end of the file.

php_value max_execution_time 300

After all the above changes, it is recommended to restart Apacge webserver for the changes to take effective.

service apache2 restart

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