Have you ever tried loading your Divi Builder theme and you get a pop up saying it failed to load or get the endless spinning wheel? It sucks, right?

Imagine trying to do a quick job and having the endless spinning wheel hold you till forever. Frustrating!

But not anymore, though. Time and time again, we get questions on how to fix Divi builder timeout on the WordPress website.

This is why we took the time to compile this article showing the different ways we have been able to solve this recurring issue without breaking a sweat.

Grab a seat let’s have a quick chat!

What is the Divi Builder Timeout Error?

For beginners and others not so familiar with the Divi Builder Timeout Error. It is important to note that this error is not a big deal. You really don’t have to worry. With the right fixes, you could get it off your screen in a few minutes.

The Divi Builder Timeout error is basically a warning telling you that the editor has reached a certain limit applied to the Apache service. Typically, you get this warning while trying to edit a page or a post or just after a plugin update.

Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to make this annoying pop up disappear. Read on for easy hacks to keep the Divi Builder Timeout Error off your screen.

Major Causes of Divi Builder Timeout Error

The Divi Builder Timeout Error can be traced to a plethora of causes. It could be as a result of an outdated theme or just a few wrong settings. The most common cause of this timeout error is a lack of memory space. Apparently, your setting home allows you to tweak the memory limit as you wish. Setting the memory limit too low could result in timeout error every now and then. You may have to revisit your settings home.

Another major cause is having a plugin that is not compatible. The error usually comes up after installing the plugin. It just shows that the plugin is conflicting with Divi. You should try uninstalling the plugin and installing one that is compatible with your Divi website.

Furthermore, you could also get the timeout error if a plugin is outdated. This is one of the most common causes. All you have got to do is to fish out the outdated plugin and update it ASAP. If updating a plugin doesn’t work, then you should try updating Divi.

Lastly, your PHP level has a thing or two to do with this timeout error. Should all the aforementioned troubleshooting tips fail, you could try updating your PHP version.

Check the next section for detailed tips to get your Divi builder theme working again.

5 Simple Fix for the Divi Builder Timeout Error on Your WordPress Website

  • Get rid of your caches
  • Change your PHP to the latest version
  • Check all plugins
  • Extend your memory limit
  • Switch to a new host

1. Get Rid of Your Caches

Before you zoom off to read other technical tips, you could start by clearing your caches. Sometimes the fix you need is just as simple as riding your website of the excess baggage called cache. I strongly recommend you try clearing your cache first before moving on to any other fix on this list. This will save you time and stress, as overloaded caches are usually the cause of this timeout error popup.

Clearing your cache – including that of old plugins and themes – helps to free up some memory space. Whether you have got the timeout error or not, experts advise you clear your cache from time to time, especially after an update. So, if you have been dragging your feet on this for a while, then I guess this is the right time to shred the unnecessary baggage.

Be sure to clear all the caches associated with your site including your CDN, web browser cache, and even plugin caches such as WP Supercache. A total revamp is always good for your website. Try it!

2. Change Your PHP to the Latest Version

As I mentioned earlier, your PHP level could be the reason for this incessant error. Typically, every website comes with a default PHP setting. Depending on your host, you should have a range of PHP versions to choose from. Although the current PHP version is 7.2, some websites still have their PHP default level set to lower versions such as 5.4, 5.5, or 5.6. Operating an outdated PHP level could cause one or two errors, with the Divi builder timeout error being the most common.

Fixing this mess is pretty straightforward. You do not necessarily need to contact your host. Simply go over to the setting menu and click on Software. There, you should find an app tagged PHP Version or PHP Configuration, which contains all the available versions including the default setting. Kindly click on the dropdown to select from the list of PHP versions. I strongly recommend choosing a version that is in the 7.x family – 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, or 7.3.

Try switching between the different versions until you get one that rids your page of the timeout error.

While this appears to be a simple tweak, you should totally contact your host if you find it difficult to set or are scared to break your website. Don’t risk it.

Note: the tags may be different, depending on your host. However, they all operate in the same manner. You shouldn’t have any trouble navigating your way through.

3. Check all Plugins

More often not, you may find that the cause of the Divi Builder Timeout error is an outdated plugin or one that is not compatible with your website. This is especially true when you have conflicting plugins. To keep the annoying pop up away from your website, I suggest you update all your plugins. Simply check the plugins and update the outdated ones. Then, refresh the page or post to see if the error is still there. If yes, then the problem is most likely due to an incompatible plugin. Begin deactivating the plugins one after the other. And keep refreshing to see which works the magic.

No luck still? Then check out the next tip. Don’t give up yet!

4. Extend Your Memory Limit

Insufficient memory space is yet another common cause of the Divi Builder Timeout Error. Unlike the above tip, this solution can be a bit difficult to phantom as the space issue could originate from several places. Therefore, you may have to tweak one or more memory settings – or all of them – to finally rid your website of the annoying timeout popup.

Note: Experts advise you back up your files before applying this tip.

Some of the notable memory tweaks include

        • Edit .htaccess: To increase your Apache memory limit, you will have to edit the info in your .htaccess. You can do this via the File Manager option in your cPanel or FTP or SSH. Simply locate your .htaccess file, click on edit and add this code-
          1. <IfModule mod_substitute.c>
          2. SubstituteMaxLineLength 10M
          3. </IfModule>
        • Increase PHP Limits: More often than not, you may find the timeout error popping up every now and then even while using the latest PHP version. In this case, the issue is most likely with the default memory limit your website comes with. Your website usually comes with a certain PHP limit. To ascertain whether the PHP limit is okay or not, you should visit your Divi Support Center. In the cPanel, you will find options like PHP Configuration or Settings. Kindly edit the PHP variables to something like this –
            1. post_max_size 128M
            2. max_execution_time 180
            3. upload_max_filesize 256M
            4. max_input_time 600
            5. max_input_vars 5000
            6. memory_limit 512M.

          Note: Some hosts do not provide access to these settings. Should you find yourself in such a category, you should totally contact your host to make the changes right away!

          • Increase Your WP Memory Limit: I like to check all the boxes to ensure the Divi Builder Timeout error doesn’t popup anytime soon. You should do that too. Besides the aforementioned tips, you can also increase memory level via your dashboard. WordPress provides every website with the option to configure the frontend and backend memory limits without any sweat. Simply locate these tools in your dashboard and choose the following settings for Frontend and Backend memory limit – / Frontend / define (‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘96M); / Backend / define ((‘WP_MEMORY_LIMIT’, ‘96M’).

5. Switch to a New Host

You may not find this tip on many sites because it is a drastic step. However, an incompatible host could be the reason for the Divi Builder Timeout error. In this case, you may have to switch entirely to a new host to get your website up and running again.

While I do not entirely support a complete switch from one host to the other, sometimes it is all you have got to do to finally get rid of the Divi Builder Timeout error. Nonetheless, I will advise you to leave this option as your last resort. You should try out every possible fix in the books before thinking of switching to a new host. This is because the switch could lead to a plethora of issues. As a matter of fact, you could have your website down for a while due to the switch.

Even more, the switch is both stressful and time-consuming. I am sure you do not want to go through this onerous task for no reason. So, take the time to try the tips outlined above. You could also contact your host for help. I doubt that would yield much, but it is better than not trying.

After exhausting every other option, you can then settle for a new host. Don’t risk it!


The Divi Builder Timeout error is one soul-wrenching popup no one wants to see, especially when you have a quick project to complete. Well, you are in luck. The above tips have been proven to fix this annoying popup in a few minutes. You may not have to go through all the tips mentioned above. Simply try them in the order they were listed. First off, clear every cache associated with your website. Then upgrade your PHP to the latest version. Should that fail, you can upgrade outdated plugins or deactivate incompatible plugins. You should also try increasing your memory limit with the steps explained above. Lastly, a total switch to a new host could be the key. Be sure to leave this as a last resort.

Do let us know which of the hacks above worked the magic for you. Talk soon!

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