Are you seeing ‘Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded’ on your screen when trying khổng lồ update a WordPress plugin or theme?

Typically this problem occurs when a PHP. code in WordPress takes a long time lớn run và reaches the maximum time limit phối by your WordPress hosting hệ thống. The time limit is important because it helps prsự kiện the abuse of hệ thống resources.

In this article, we will show you how khổng lồ fix the fatal error: maximum execution time exceeded in WordPress.


Why Maximum Execution Time Exceeded Error Occurs?

WordPress is coded mainly in the PHP programming language. To protect web servers from abuse, there is a time limit set for how long a PHP script can run.

The actual time limit varies across hosting companies, however most of the times the maximum execution time is mix between 30 – 60 seconds because that’s usually enough for a good PHPhường script to lớn run.

When a script reaches the maximum execution time limit, it results in maximum execution time exceeded error.


Fixing Maximum Execution Time Exceeded Error

Although Maximum Execution Time Exceeded error is named a ‘fatal error,’ it is one of the most comtháng WordPress errors, & you can easily resolve this.

Depending on when and where the error is triggered, WordPress may show the following error message to lớn your trang web visitors.


This is part of the fatal error protection feature added in WordPress 5.2. You may also receive an email that will tell you which plugin (if a plugin triggered the error) caused the issue.


The gmail will also include a special liên kết, which will allow you to log in to WordPress with ‘Recovery mode’.


Once there, you can simply deactivate or delete the plugin causing the error.

However, if you don’t want to lớn deactivate a plugin, then you can fix the underlying cause that triggered the error.

To fix the error, you will need lớn manually edit your .htaccess tệp tin and add a simple line of code.

Simply connect lớn your website using an FTPhường client.

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Your .htaccess file is located in the same folder as your /wp-content/ & /wp-admin/ folders. If you can’t find it, then look at our article on why you can’t find the .htaccess tệp tin & how to find it.

For example, if you are using FileZilla as your FTP client, then you can find it in the ‘Remote Site’ section on the right-hvà column.


Once you locate the .htaccess file, right-click and open ‘View/Edit’ option. This will open the tệp tin with in a text editor.


Next, you need to lớn add this line at the bottom of your .htaccess file:

php_value max_execution_time 300If you are using Notepad as your text editor, here is how it may look.


Once done, save sầu your tệp tin.

This code simply sets the value for maximum execution time to lớn 300 seconds (5 minutes). You can now visit your website to see if the error is resolved.

If you still get the error, then try increasing the value to lớn 600.

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Another method khổng lồ fix the maximum execution time exceeded error in WordPress is by modifying your php.ini file.

The php.ini tệp tin is a configuration file that defines settings for PHP. on your hệ thống. On many WordPress hosting platforms, you may not see it inside your WordPress thư mục.

In that case, you can create a new php.ini tệp tin inside your WordPress root thư mục. After that, edit the php.ini tệp tin & add the following line.

max_execution_time = 60Don’t forget to lớn save sầu and upload your changes bachồng to lớn the hệ thống. You can now visit your website và khổng lồ see if the error has gone.

In most cases, increasing maximum execution time using either of these two methods will resolve sầu the error. However if it doesn’t, then you need khổng lồ contact your WordPress hosting provider for assistance.

We hope this article helped you fix the fatal error: maximum execution time exceeded in WordPress. You may also want to lớn see our guide on how to lớn fix the error establishing a database connection in WordPress.

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