Increasing the PHP time limit in WordPress is essential for running scripts longer without interruption. This guide explains multiple methods to safely increase the PHP time limit on your WordPress site.
Understanding PHP Time Limit
PHP time limit is the maximum time a PHP script is allowed to run before it is terminated. The default is typically 30 seconds, but longer processes like uploading large files or updating plugins may need more time.
Method 1: Editing the
wp-config.php: This file is in your WordPress site’s root directory. Access it via FTP or File Manager in your hosting control panel.
Modify the File: Add the following line of code before
/* That's all, stop editing! Happy publishing. */:
set_time_limit(300); // Sets the PHP time limit to 300 seconds
300 with the desired number of seconds.
Method 2: Using the
.htaccess: Located in the root directory, the same as
.htaccess and add this line:
php_value max_execution_time 300
300 to your preferred limit.
Method 3: Modifying the
php.ini: This is the PHP configuration file, usually found in your server’s root folder.
php.ini: Look for
max_execution_time and change its value:
max_execution_time = 300
If it doesn’t exist, add the line. Replace
300 with your desired time limit.
Method 4: Through Hosting Provider
Some hosting providers allow changing PHP settings through the hosting dashboard. Check your hosting provider’s documentation for specific instructions.
Increasing the PHP time limit can be done through
php.ini, or your hosting provider’s tools. Always backup your site before making changes and monitor your site’s performance after adjustments.
- Testing Changes: After implementing changes, test your site to ensure it functions as expected.
- Security Considerations: Be cautious with significantly high time limits, as it could affect site performance and security.
- Contact Hosting Provider: If you’re unsure or unable to change settings yourself, your hosting provider’s support can probably assist you.
Following these steps, you can effectively increase the PHP time limit for your WordPress site, accommodating longer-running scripts and processes.