However, every website, no matter how small or large, must have these 3 pages.
If you start your website with these 3 pages, you can add more later.
If you fail to have these 3 pages, it's going to put a serious crimp in your ability to build an audience for your blog or website--as well as for your product whether that's a book or another kind of physical product.
Here are the "must have" 3 pages.
About You Page
Always include a page that tells about you, the website owner. Give a short bio. Give credentials that establish your expertise as an author, a plumber, or whatever you may be. Include a photograph. Readers like to know what you look like.
Contact the Author Page
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Nothing is more frustrating than wanting to contact a blog or website owner and not finding a way to do so.
I've literally spent dozens of minutes searching a blog for an email address or a Contact Form. Always have a way for a reader to contact you other than by public comment on a post. That's just professional etiquette.
If you're an author, you should have a picture of each of your book covers, a short blurb, and all buy links for that book.
If you don't, you're losing a valuable marketing tool that could be working for you.
That's it! The above along with a short Introduction to the website gives you a simple, DIY site. You'll have a static website that works for you.
When you want to have a more elaborate site, add anything your fan base would like to know about you and a page or two of entertaining content that readers, not writers, will find intriguing.
Or, just save that stuff for a blog you post to frequently.