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How to Increase the max_execution_time Limit in cPanel

There are specific scenarios when you may be asked to change 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 for a script 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:

How to Increase the max_execution_time Limit in cPanel

The PHP Selector is omitted by default in cPanel and might be missing from your account if you are hosting with a different web host. All ChemiCloud customers should see the Select PHP Version section in their hosting account’s cPanel.

Watch the video tutorial, or continue following the step-by-step instructions in this tutorial.

1) Log into cPanel.

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

PHP Version
Software > Select PHP Version

3) Click on the Options link in the new window.

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.

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5) Once you make any changes, 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 confirming that the change has been applied.

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

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Updated on January 16, 2023

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