I am attempting to edit a specific page via the WordPress admin area while logged in as an Editor, however, the page dies with the following error:

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 134217728 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 72 bytes) in [PATH]/htdocs/wp-includes/meta.php on line 841

This is only affecting this page, and granted, it is a very content heavy page, but attempting to edit the page as an Administrator works fine. Why might this be?

2 Answers 2


Because of this line in wp-admin/admin.php:

if ( current_user_can( 'manage_options' ) ) {
    wp_raise_memory_limit( 'admin' );

In other words, WordPress raises the memory limit to WP_MAX_MEMORY_LIMIT within the admin, but only for users with the manage_options capability i.e. administrators.

Your best bet is to raise the default memory limit in your wp-config.php:

define( 'WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '256M' ); 

Probably you may try admin_init hook and call wp_raise_memory_limit( 'admin' ); for the selected user Example:

add_action('admin_init', function(){
   if (  get_current_user_id() === 111111 ){
       wp_raise_memory_limit( 'admin' );   

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