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Customized Web Solutions:
    • Newspapers / e-Papers
    • Magazines & Campus News

Full Integration:
    • Social Networks
    • AP Content Enrichment
    • Monetizing Site Content
    • Paywalls / Advertising / Baseview

Solutions

The website management systems (CMS or newspaper CMS) we work with for newspaper web design have the flexibility for your newsroom, advertising department, and circulation departments to have a website that works together seamlessly: posting news, taking subscriptions, and submitting / tracking ads. Our sites are designed to work within your business plan. With a background in technology, the new industry and efficiency, Surf New Media offers complete web development at a fraction of the cost of the competitors. More Information

Frequently Asked Questions

A VPS (Virtual Private Server) is recommended for newspaper websites. The hosting we recommend for our content management systems is through HostGator, which is specifically optimized to handle the traffic and resources used by Drupal-powered newspaper websites. When you contract through Surf New Media, we provide all the hosting needs you will require for your site, but if you would like to host your own site, you can use the banner below to get information or sign up with HostGator.

A responsive theme (as the one used for this website), is an approach to web development that allows a website to break itself down smoothly across multiple monitor sizes, screen resolutions, and platforms, be it a computer, tablet or mobile device. It allows the developer to create a site that is optimized for each platform, both in navigation, readability and load time.

As you can see when resizing the window (if you are viewing this site on a computer), the layout of the page shifts depending on the size of the screen; with different layouts for content depending on viewing area. Themes (or layouts) such as this, allow for a single site and single look to the site, to be viewed on various devices without the need for additional themes or resizing by the user.

We can implement many advertising engines, including (but not limited to):

  • AdBard
  • Ad.ly
  • Adverticum AdServer
  • Ad Words
  • Google Ad Manager
  • Open X

In addition, Surf New Media offers a powerful advertising system for Drupal-powered websites. It supports the random display and tracking of graphical (banner) and text ads. Ads can easily be displayed in themes, blocks, or embedded in site content. The ad system records comprehensive statistics about when and how often ads are viewed and clicked, including a plug-in module for generating graphical time-based reports. Ads can be assigned to multiple owners, each of which can be assigned their own set of permissions.

Features:

  • auto-generated ad blocks supporting a configurable number of ads
  • automatically or manually embed ads into site content
  • collection of comprehensive statistics allowing time-based reporting and analysis (example report)
  • tracking of when and where ads are clicked, by which user and which IP
  • advertisements can have multiple owners
  • granular per-advertisement/per-owner permissions system
  • activation/expiration scheduling based on time, clicks or views
  • an ad_image plug-in for image (aka banner) ads
  • an ad_text plug-in for simple text ads
  • an ad_report plug-in for basic graphical reports
  • an ad_actions plug-in which can be used to schedule automatic email notifications
  • an ad_remote plug-in for hosting ads on remote (non-Drupal) websites
  • geotargeting is provided through the Ad GeoIP project
  • an administrative statistics overview page
  • support for any number of configurable ad groups, utilizing a taxonomy (category) subsystem
  • display ads based on node ids (nids), or taxonomy terms (categories)
  • file-based caching for improved performance
  • memcache-based caching for improved performance
  • support for external caching methods

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Surf New Media's programming solutions (working within the Drupal Content Management System) gives the opportunity to integrate the following and many more functions into your website:

AP Content Enrichment: Our programmers can program customized iAtom feeds for AP content enrichmen, which require a specific fees needed to share content with the Associated Press

Blogs: A blog is a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order. Blogs often provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.

Breaking News / General Alerts: Email and SMS gateways are programmed into sites to allow you to quickly share breaking and general news alerts with your readers via email or mobile phones. Readers can pick their preference for receiving the news.

Classified Adevertising System: Whether you would like to integrate your exisitng Baseview classified system within your site or have us create a classified advertising system (both paid and free) for your readers, we are able to program and integrate a system that will work best for your newspaper.

Comment Integration: Comments are a common function on sites throughout the Internet. Our programmers can put in the latest spam controls to help block unwanted or inappropriate content, as well as set up publishing controls to monitor what is being written. In addition, we can add in Facebook comments to articles, which allows readers to comment via your site, and have their posts shared on Facebook automatically.

Content Management: Content Management Systems allow administrators to a website to manage all aspects of their site, from where posts are placed on the site, to which content is published and when. In addition a CMS system allows your easily add and manage content from any computer in the world without having to know the first thing about website programming or languages.

Custom Content Types: From newspapers needing various content types of articles, editorials, sports, features and more, our programming solutions can allow you to implement numerous content types broken down into categories and sub-categories. These sections allow you to easily create a content-rich environment with the ease of intuitive navigation, dynamic content rendering and fully customizable taxonomy on your site.

Dyamic Content: Allow your site to work for you and your users dynamically. Our programming team has to expertise to have user-specific content, section-specific content and even time-specific content rendered on your site dynamically. This means someone in California will get information pertaining to a specific section on your site, while another user in Australia can get their own customized content based solely on their location, interests and/or viewing habits.

E-Mail & Printer-Friendly Pages: The site will automatically generated pages for users wishing to easily print or share a page on the site via email.

Forums: Forums are places on your website where visitors and site owners can hold discussions, tutorials and even classes online. Forums are one of the most popular aspects of modern websites and allows site administrators to manage all aspects of discussions.

Location Services: Working on the same principle as Google Maps, location services are available for location-based ads, content, user managements and networking.

Newsletters: Customized newsletters are available to allow you to communicate with subscribers via direct e-mail marketing. Newsletter web programming allows for full subscription management, customized templates and unlimited possibilities. Full management of the newsletter is available within your website, making paid services like Constant Contact unnecessary and a thing of the past.

Paywall: Offering the most flexibility in the industry, we are able to program flexible paywalls for your newspaper. Offerings include archive-only paywall; content-specific paywall options; full paywall; per-article paywall; and timed paywall systems. The flexibility to use a mixture of these options is available as well.

Photo and Media Galleries: Our programming department is able to provide custom galleries on your website, whether you need custom media galleries for users, per article photo galleries, or a mixture of both. Flexibility is key with all types of galleries we are able to develop on your site.

Podcasts and Video: Audio and video podcasts are more popular than ever, with our programming team able to create an intuitive solutions for your video and podcasting needs. Podcasting features include on-site players with ability to share files through iTunes.

Polls: The polling function gives a way to spark user interaction with the site, simply by asking them a question. Votes are tallied and discussion options are integrated.

RSS Feeds: Promote your site via various news readers (Google, Yahoo, NetNewsWire and more). Programming available for per content type feeds, section feeds and available advertising components within the news feeds.

Scheduling: This allows you to schedule when an article or other content type should be published and/or unpublished automatically.

Social Networking: Social networking websites are online communities, such as MySpace and FaceBook, which allow members to join, share information, chat and more. The content management system allows for private and public access, friendlists, photo galleries, network feeds and more.

Staff and User Roles: Pre-programmed roles allowing for administrators to have full control over the site, while offering lesser roles limited function on the site. This is useful for reporters to post and article to the site, but not have it published until the article is approved and edited by an editor. Roles also play into cutomized paywalls to limit what content can be seen by a subscriber vesus a non-subscriber.

User Management: Our programming can allow you to manage how visitors interact with your site as well as catch user data for marketing purposes. This aspect of a site can be helpful for business, media, non-profit and real estate websites - or any site where you want to tie in marketing.

Wikis: A wiki (pronounced wee-kee) is a website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change available content, typically without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for mass collaborative authoring.

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Yes ... we have a working demo here: http://demo.surfnewmedia.com

Username: demo
Password: Dem0 (the 0 is a zero)

For administration control over the site, please email: info@surfnewmedia.com to get a username and password.

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Yes, the content management system we use supports any number of languages and translations. The cost for the site still would depend on the various functions you want on your site. A breakdown of pricing can be found here: http://www.newspaperwebdesign.com/packages

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No. There are no limitations for languages on the sites we build. Both regular content and the administration pages can be built for Spanish and many other languages, including right-to-left page, text and site rendering.

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Full statistics and more than you will probably ever need are built right into the site. Clicks, pageviews, time spent on site, which feeds are used and how often, most, e-mails, most viewed, etc. Ads can be tracked through sent e-mails, but amount of times read through e-mail (automatic e-mails like news alerts) cannot be tracked. This is because once the story is e-mailed, it leaves the server and cannot be tracked. However, the ads associated with the automatic e-mails will reside on the server, and therefore can still be tracked for statistical purposes.

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The rule of thumb that you should generally go by is this. (Which was actually taken from another Website, but summed up everything really well): If you have the technical know-how to construct an email with an attachment, create a formatted document with Microsoft Word, and navigate through a web site, you have the skills needed for content management. It really is that easy, provided you have the right content management software.

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CMS is short for Content Management System, which allows users with the proper permissions (or roles) to control every aspect of their website, from the articles, layout positioning, images and interactive content.

For our newspaper CMS, we have customized each aspect of the system to run smoothly with the demands editors and publishers need in launching and managing daily and weekly newspapers.

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