Causes of Resolving Fatal Error: Maximum Execution Time Exceeded

By WpClerks


Resource-Intensive Plugins

Some plugins may require a significant amount of resources to execute their functions. If a plugin is poorly coded or has inefficient processes, it can lead to exceeding the maximum execution time.


Complicated Theme

A complex and resource-intensive theme can also contribute to the error. Themes with numerous features, heavy graphics, or poorly optimized code may take longer to execute, especially on shared hosting environments with limited resources.


Server Limitations and Configuration Settings

The server has a maximum execution time limit defined in its configuration settings. This is often set in the PHP configuration file (php.ini) as max_execution_time. If a script surpasses this limit, the server terminates its execution.