As of late my blog’s dashboard has been bogging down and taking forever to load. At first I tried removing some of my plugins, specifically my Word Press Stats plugin, but it didn’t work. Then I started removing all of my front page load screen options, still slow as ever.
It wasn’t until I glanced at my number of comments under overview that I realized what the problem was. According to WordPress I had over 5,000 comments awaiting moderation. Of course most of these were spam, but I had not set my Akismet to automatically delete after 30 days. So guess what, I had a huge ass back log of comments that were slowing my dashboard load down tremendously and some times even timing out.
A quick delete of all Spam comments fixed my slow loading WordPress 2.7.1 and all is back to normal.