Yes, I have had authors ask why they need a website yet. They aren’t even published yet. But that doesn’t matter. You need that site because as you get a presence on the internet, readers will check out if for nothing else than curiosity. You lose credibility without a site of your own.
Domain or Not?
Should you get a domain or use the free website versions? Well...it depends. Most authors seem to get better reactions to having a domain name such as www.yourname.com instead of the free versions. It’s up to you. Starting out, free is okay, but I would strongly suggest getting a domain name using your author name.
What should you put on your website? Have a blog where you can post what is happening lately. Have a section for them to review your books and read up on them as well as links to purchase.
Want readers? Then make sure you have a website and one that will be informative to your readers.