I can not believe how easy it is to setup and also how easy it is to find a plugin that will change the basic functionality as well as ones that do lots of clever stuff.
You will need plugins – as the default setup is a flawed beauty.
To get up the Search rankings you will also need a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plugin – and I use Yoast
Monitis Full Page Load Tool
Monitis Full Page Load Tool is useful to see how the pages on your site load.
Images may be the source of the problem if they are tool large.
Want to see how your site is visited from around the globe. Check out this visual representation tool on Monitis.com