I'm currently doing a website for a client as a freelance web developer. We had our first meetup and we discussed what he wants on the website, what his company does, etc. I coming up with the pages that he will need, such as products, services, contact etc. There were a few others related to his business. I showed him my initial draft of the website, which included the links that will be at the top navigator. He was happy with my initial draft.
However by our second meeting he had sketched together a very similar design to mine but with a few tweeks. This is fine and I didn't have any problems with these changes. However there was two things I noticed that I didn't like.
He had added two new links to the top menu of the website. These links are "About Us" and "News". When I asked him how does he want the news section to work ( does he want it linking to a new Wordpress?), which I was a bit reluctant about because it means more work for me with the same pay, he simply replied "I don't know. I did research on my competitors and they all had it". I died inside at this.
I decided to tell him quickly that there's no point in having the page if he doesn't know what he's going to do, how he's going to write up this news, or doesn't have time to do it. He then said ok we wont use "News". But by our next meeting he had referred to a newer version of his sketch, and it still included a "News" link. I asked him about it, reminding him that we agreed to get rid of it, and he said "Well I thought we could just have a link to my Twitter".
I'm not sure if he wants a new page to just display one twitter icon, to use a twitter api thing that shows tweets, or to have the main link direct to his twitter. I feel like I'm a broken record with him and don't know how to say "that's a bit rubbish to do/it will look poor". A similar thing is with his "About Us" section. While I find that the page may be necessary, I don't feel it needs to be at the top of the page, but rather in a footer with the Cookies Policy and other things no one cares about.
How can I raise these points to him without offending him? I've always told him I would always provide my professional oppinion if necessary, but now that I think it is - I don't know how!
Some information: - the man is a sucessful business person and a little intimidating - His business has been going for about 2 years and makes a lot of money but this is his first website