How to increase the maximum allowed packet in cpanel

Written by paul higgins
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Most Web hosting companies allow their customers to manage their websites by using the cPanel interface. Cpanel lets you change a variety of settings related to your hosting account and your websites, including MySQL settings. MySQL is a database format which you can use to produce database-driven websites. It is sometimes necessary to increase the maximum allowed size of the packet which MySQL can receive, for example, to allow other database formats to communicate with your MySQL database. You can increase the maximum allowed packet size in cPanel by changing a MySQL variable.

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  1. 1

    Log in to your cPanel by using the link which your Web host gave you when you purchased your hosting account. You can find that link in the confirmation e-mail the company sent you upon registration.

  2. 2

    Click on the "MySQL databases" icon.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Settings" icon.

  4. 4

    Select the "Advanced" tab and scroll down the list until you find the "max_allowed_packet" variable. Click in the field next to it, and input the new maximum allowed packet size you want to use.

  5. 5

    Click on "Save" to save your new settings.

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