The things I do for my readers!
But I think I have found the problem.
Apparently, every time someone tried to load a page or write a comment, my site went ballistic and had to go running off to its database over four thousand times. This was strange. Suppose I asked you a question and you had to read four thousand pages of a dictionary before you could reply? It’s no wonder it was slow.
So I disabled everything and I found the little bugger that was causing the problem.
I had a wee plugin running called Community Cloud. It showed up on a page I called “Friends?”. I have discovered that if I remove that, then the site only goes running to the database about forty times. So everything is faster. A hundred times faster?
Community Cloud has been removed. It is no more. I put it on a bonfire in the garden, and it exploded with a bang.
I’m not saying that Community Cloud is a bad plugin.
It’s just that I probably have too many friends.