Hey ya’ll ! We are back from our mini blogging hiatus! Can you believe its been a month since we’ve blogged? Us either! As our regulars know, we produce two TV segments every week: AE Report + Coastal Cuisine. So these past couple weeks we’ve been busy redesigning both of our websites – so exciting! You can check them out here and here.

Being web designers, it can be kind of challenging to design your own site, for the fact that we have SO MANY IDEAS! So basically, to keep us on track during this redesign process of our personal sites, we actually took the steps and did the homework that we give our clients. Not only did that help us stay on track with all of our (sometimes crazy) ideas, but it also gave us the opportunity to see how effective our client material actually is. [it worked! We must be pros or something ;)]

But it got us thinking – what are some elements on sites that people use that drives us crazy- and are actually hurting their sites. We thought it would be helpful to share with you guys a few of the DON’TS when designing, so you don’t make a mistake!

So here are our TOP 4 DO NOTS: 

  1. Pop ups: Oh My God! Why are you going to have a pop-up to subscribe upon entrance of your site, when I haven’t even had time to catch your name, let alone your content. All you pop up ad people out there: disable. disable. disable!
  2. Bad Photography: This could be poor quality (pixelated, stretched, cropped terribly), poor sizing (too big, too small), or even just random irrelevant photos. People love great visuals, so give the people what they want!
  3. Terrible Layout- This is so important! Your audience should be able to find all important information in one click, and all secondary information in 2 clicks or under.


  • Easy navigation: with a clear location for about and contact pages.
  • Social Media icons should be at the top – past the half way point they get lost.
  • Structure – text and images jammed together is an absolute no. You need flow to your pages.

4. Too Many Ads: Having too many ads, placed where ever you can find a spot on your page, with no rhyme, reason, or thought looks spammy! Also it takes the attention away from your content because your audience is distracted by the ads. That is the complete opposite of what you want, which is keeping people on your site.


Hope this gave you a little guidance during your re design process. Still lost? Want a new site, but really just don’t know where to start. Reach out to TwinFin Media today and we would be happy to help you with any of your multimedia needs!