I'm not sure what happened, but I've spent a couple of hours this afternoon battling to get the back-end of this site to a responsive state. Something was hogging a lot of resources!
I've jettisoned several plugins, including two that I suspect were the culprits, but that only brought partial stability. In the end, I had to reinstall WordPress to restore order.
My patience has been severely tested today! I'd had to switch over my primary desktop browser from Firefox to Vivaldi this morning, after the former started hanging as soon as it accessed the browsing history. I've migrated over the bookmarks and other data to Vivaldi, and done a full uninstall of Firefox. At some point I will reinstall it and sync back all my settings from my Mozilla account, but I'm sorely tempted to stick with Vivaldi for now, for reasons which I'll explain in a future post.
Meanwhile, I'm faced with a decision: do I soldier on with a minimal WordPress environment and hope for the best, or give up and join the Cool Club by migrating over to a static site generator? I'll probably do the first option for now, but I'm also going to create a local test environment and try some static site generators.
Oh, and I've turned off comments and pingbacks on this site for the time being. Sorry about that, but it means one less thing to deal with.