I feel your pain. I just tried to use Flywheel to do a local WordPress site, and the more plugins and themes that I add the slower it seems to get. Increasing the number of CPUs and RAM for the virtualbox machine did not help at all.
I’m on Windows 10 Pro, Samsung EVO SSD 850, 12GB RAM, i7 CPU with 8 cores and this is just about unusable.
At this pace, I’ll never get this site done. I’m setting up another DigitalOcean droplet to play with. It is much, much faster than Flywheel is locally.
And, here is the odd thing… If I set up my own vm for local testing using Vmware Workstation it really flies right along. I haven’t tried setting up a vm with virtualbox, but I’ll try that now.
Maybe it’s the Docker stuff that I saw when watching the virtualbox vm load up. Is an extra layer of docker containers really needed for testing WordPress when a simple straight-forward linux vm runs so much faster?
I don’t think many of us will be running multiple instances (vms) simultaneously - so a simple straight vm might just do the trick.
Heck…maybe I’ll set up some VMs and a simple app to download them and launch them using virtualbox. Seems pretty simple.