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WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded


  • NOTE: Please read installation instructions. WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded plugin requires that you complete the website backup process.

WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded is a very simple and effective plugin. If you’re receiving the message “Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded” or “Maximum execution time of 60 seconds exceeded,” this plugin is for you.

A time out means that the process you would like to complete is simply taking longer that the program will allow. The clock needs to be set for a longer time period. To address the problem of maximum execution time exceeded, WordPress Codex offers two solutions. One, edit the .htaccess file and two, edit the php.ini file. This plugin uses the first of the two suggestions. WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded will add and delete the necessary code to the .htaccess file.

When WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded is activated after installation, the plugin will write to the .htaccess file. To delete the code, simply deactivate the plugin. There is no administration page.

You do not have to delete the files to remove the code. When you’re ready to rewrite the code to the .htaccess file, simply activate it. This allows you to test your process with a longer timeout. It’s that simple! And of course, this plugin creates no load on your website. It’s so light weight; you’ll never know it’s there.

  • NOTE: All feedback and suggestions are welcome. I am constantly looking for ways to improve and upgrade WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded. Please contact me with your ideas for a better plugin.


  • WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded installed plugin.
  • .htaccess file before WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded installation.
  • .htaccess file after WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded installation.


NOTE: WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded requires a complete backup of your website be completed before installing the plugin. It’s best practice to have a backup when dealing directly with the .htaccess file. If you are unfamiliar with the process, start here at the Codex Backing Up Your WordPress Files. Or talk to your website administrator.

You have chosen to install WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded on WordPress. Installation is easy.

Click the ‘Add New’ link under ‘Plugins’ from the left side menu:

Next choose how you want to add WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded. You can search the plugin directory for ‘WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded’ if you don’t have it on your computer. You can also upload a plugin from your computer locally. You would normally do this if you have downloaded it from the WordPress Plugin Directory.

Once you’ve found WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded; to install click ‘Install’, then make sure you click ‘Activate Plugin’ to activate the plugin.

That’s it. Enjoy and Thank You!


Why should I backup my website before installing WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded ?

It’s best practice to backup your website and database before making any major changes or when you’re dealing directly with the .htaccess file. This includes making a copy of your current .htaccess file.

How long is the time delay provided by the plugin ?

The plugin gives you a 300 second delay. That is 5 minutes.

I am experiencing problems after installing the plugin. What should I do ?

First, deactivate the plugin. This will delete the code from the .htaccess file. This should solve the problem if it is the WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded plugin.

If you still have problems after deactivating the plugin, deactivate all plugins. Then activate your plugins one-by-one to find the plugin causing the problem.

I deactivated all my plugins and I am still having a problem with my website.

In this case, use your backup .htaccess file. Replace the existing .htaccess file to fix the problem. Activate your plugins one-by-one to ensure the problem does not recur.

What if my WordPress installation completely crashes ?

In this case, use your backup files and reload your website and database. WordPress crashing has very specific causes. Read Codex Common WordPress Errors to trouble shoot your website.

To further trouble shoot, examine your theme, plugin configuration and check for malware and malicious code left by hackers.


9 October 2017
Excellent! Only this plugin worked for me. Thank you!
21 January 2017
I downloaded this plugin with much skepticism as I’ve tried to edit the .htaccess directly and failed. However, this plugin worked like a charm!
14 January 2017
I know enough to edit .htaccess files but couldn’t manage to extend the execution time without creating an Error 500. One click and this did the job…and taught me how to do it manually in future ;o)
16 December 2016
Super easy to use and no more errors! Great for those of us who want an ez solution.
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Contributors and Developers

“WP Maximum Execution Time Exceeded” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


Change Log


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