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How to increase the max_execution_time limit in cPanel

There are certain scenarios when you may be asked to make changes to your PHP configuration. Specifically, you may be directed to edit a file on your server called php.ini, and to increase the max_execution_time limit.

max_execution_time is a setting managed through the PHP setting which sets the maximum time in seconds a script is allowed to parse input data.

While do not allow direct changes to PHP.ini on our servers. However, PHP configuration changes can be made from cPanel by following these steps:

1) Log into cPanel.

2) Look for the SOFTWARE section and click on Select PHP version

cPanel > Software > Select PHP Version
cPanel > Software > Select PHP Version

3) In the new window click on the Switch To PHP Options link.

cPanel PHP Options
Select PHP Version > Switch to PHP Options

4) Here you can locate the max_execution_time and type in the value that you require.

Check your script, plugin, or theme’s documentation (or an on-screen error message) to find the correct value.

5) Once you’ll do any change, please do a left-hand side click anywhere outside the dropdown or text input box. If the change was successful, you will see a green box with a message which will confirm that the change has been applied.

That’s all! Now you know how to increase the maximum execution time of a script in cPanel

For further questions, or if you need help, please open a support ticket from your Lab’s Dashboard.

Updated on July 16, 2019

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