After trying many things over and over again and of course the hosting company was not much help, i noticed that even accessing the database was slow. i therefore went ahead and created a copy of my database on another server and linked it to my PP install. So far, its beautiful. I am at the speeds prior to the upgrade now - probably even better. The one difference besides the new servers is I used MySQL Databases version 5.0 instead of 4.0 . Hopefully this will help someone if they ran into the same issues.