Support » Fixing WordPress » Maximum Execution Time & Page Hangups

  • I have recently taken over a WordPress project and the person who built the framework has entered a lot of erroneous code, I believe. Anyway, I have been tasked with figuring out a few things and I need help.

    Firstly, the website constantly hangs up and declares “Fatal Error: Maximum Execution Time Exceeded \\Filepath\SuchAndSuch.” Would a fresh install of WordPress make these errors go away?

    Also when I go to install a plugin/theme it will act as if the install is happening, but once the page refreshes to tell me the install was successful, I get the page hanging up and looking like this: Alternatively if I upload the unzipped file via FTP, every time I go to activate the plugin etc. it gives me a Fatal Error on the WordPress back end.

    I am under a fairly tight deadline to sort this out and we are also looking to implement a mobile theme and these issues are prohibiting us from accomplishing the project.

    Any help and or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Viewing 4 replies - 1 through 4 (of 4 total)
  • What is the max execution time set to and have you attempted to increase it?

    It is usually 30 seconds…a plugin install should take a few seconds on a good host/properly configured server. Could also be poorly codes plugin(s).

    Execution time is set to 30secs.I am suspecting that the person building this was amateur at best and I am in no way a php coder. I can navigate my way around it but troubleshooting is beyond me. Installs of plugins/themes takes litterally 5 minutes before it says that the page cannot be loaded.

    I have read that maximum execution time should rarely be set past 30.

    I am at a loss on what to do.

    Before making any edits to site, perform a full backup – all site files and the database. Keep that in a safe place.

    Then, I would switch to default unedited theme and deactivate all plugins. This is a troubleshooting step. We need to remove the likelihood of a theme or plugin causing these issues.

    Next, try to install a well used plugin from here. Same issue? Then perform a manual update of only the /wp-admin/ and /wp-includes/ folders. This mandates removal of these two folders first and then uploading fresh unedited ones from a fresh download of WP3.5.2. Do not edit or modify the /wp-content/ folder at this time.

    So, test with default setup. If still an issue, contact your host as it is then most likely a server side issue.

    Thank you very much. I will start working these through and then see if that is the issue. I will keep you posted of my results.

Viewing 4 replies - 1 through 4 (of 4 total)
  • The topic ‘Maximum Execution Time & Page Hangups’ is closed to new replies.