Max execution time hard limits?

I have been trying to import a large file through Wordpress and no matter how high I change the settings below in my php.ini file (tried both PHP v5.3 or 5.4) the process appears to time out after about 4-5 minutes.

I’ve received conflicting information on max_execution_size. Some at Dreamhost have said you can set it as high as you’d like through PHP while others have said Dreamhost limits this to 4 minutes or something similar. It seems like the latter is true, but no one will confirm.


Yes people at Dreamhost support often talk about what they don’t know and give different replies.

Maxexecutiontime is of course limited by the server but you can ask them to modify your server if you are on dedicated.

You are not going to bypass the server limit with your php.ini.