Surf New Media offers open-source, Drupal development for newspaper and media websites.

View our development and services below.

Programming & Development

Open Source Newspapers

Drupal Content Management

Content Scraping

Social Media Marketing

Ad Network Services

What Can Drupal Do For My Print-To-Web Newspaper?

Using Drupal for a print-to-web site is rather straight-forward, since Drupal is built to be a web publishing tool. With Drupal you can, for example:

  • Customize what kind of data you wish to have in an article.
  • You can, for example, have not only header-teaser-body, but also newspaper section, editor, issue number, publishing date, links, etc.
  • Automatically create article lists according to selected criteria, showing latest sports articles, highest rated article during this week, all articles written by a chosen reporter, or the three latest comments on your newspaper site. These lists may be presented as frontpages in different sections of your site.
  • Set end-dates for articles, to unpublish them automatically.
  • Allow a group of users to access only some articles or only parts of articles, while another group of users may access more content on your website.
  • Use different layout themes on different parts of your website, for example to make your Life style section of your web site look different than the Sports section.
  • Automatically display recommended reading to a user, based on how that user rated previously read articles.
  • Create RSS-feeds to alert users when new content has been published. Allow comments from readers to be published instantly, or after approval.
  • Allow editors, reporters and other selected users to add, edit or delete selected types of content, including comments from readers.
  • See statistics of how readers navigate your site, and where your readers come from. ...and more.
  • Print-to-Web
  • Web-to-Print
  • Trackable
  • Exportable
  • Active Support
  • Expandable
  • Secure

Why Choose Drupal over Wordpress?

From the creator of Drupal

Fundamentally, Drupal has better support for content types, content relations, content versioning, taxonomies, localization, fine-grained access control, configuration management and more. Out of the box, WordPress simply doesn't provide the same level of functionality. I realize that you can do similar things with a combination of third-party WordPress plugins but that is often not as robust or well-integrated.
Dries Buytaert, Acquia. Creator of Drupal

Surf New Media Is Open Source

Using the Drupal CMS, Surf New Media can save you up to 70% vs. proprietary software ... and get you a better website. Open Source CMS is a considerably better website value for community newspapers than what proprietary vendors offer.

When you compare the values – included features, hosting and tech support – Open Source wins hands down. Drupal open source solution through is the best total value in the newspaper industry.

Just read the first two paragraphs of, you will get the feel of the energy of millions of users and 1000s of developers constantly making it better. Proprietary vendors cannot match this pace of development.

“Open source meant that we not only had the developers we hired working for us, but thousands of Drupal coders creating modules that we could use…. Drupal to us was the most flexible, cost efficient answer without having to sacrifice quality.”

We have taken the Drupal modules and put them together to create more than 300 community newspaper websites, including dailies and groups.

The modules in Drupal work well together; they’re designed that way. If you want to add a free e-edition or photo gallery module, it’s free with an already available module to add to your website. It’s that easy, proprietary vendors would charge you extra every month.

Get a better newspaper website, plus you can save about 70% vs. the proprietary vendors. Don’t get trapped into what the expensive vendors offer when you can get a much better solution available with a great future at a cost much lower cost.

  • Clean
  • Compliant
  • Secure
  • Flexible
  • Expandable
  • Easy-to-Use

Exclusive Drupal Development Since 2005

The website management system (CMS or newspaper CMS) we work with for newspaper web development has 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.

Additionally, your staff will have access to real-time statistics, a guarnateed server uptime of better than 99.9% and customer/user management unparalleled in the market today. The staff at Surf New Media has been involved in open source Drupal development since 2005 and have delivered local and international websites based on Drupal's superior content management system.

Some examples of Drupal's flexibility and solid code base can be found at the platform's website While visiting, please check out some of the contributions our staff have made to the Drupal community, including modules, theme development and support..

  • Project Management
  • Technical Architecture
  • Publication Experience
  • Reliable
  • Experienced

Premium Service: Content Scraping

There are several ways Surf New Media can get your website populated with content. Our newest service is through content scraping, which allows us to transfer the content of your newspaper's PDF from print onto the site.

This process is a bit automatic and a bit personalized. Our service includes a PDF importer to grab the content from your print version and import directly into the article content type on the site. Our developers then clean up the copy, fill in the blanks and upload any photos associated with articles.

This service is available to those newspapers that do not have the staff available to update their site on a regular basis. The Surf New Media staff then becomes an extention of your paper's staff, managing content while your staff stays free to work on the print side of things.

  • Premium Service
  • Monthly Charges Apply
  • PDF to Web
  • Content Management
  • Full Service

Premium Service: Social Media Marketing

Search Engine Optimization is important, but have you thought about your newspaper's social media optimization? 

More and more, users and potential subscribers are discovering news via Facebook and Twitter than ever before. It is estimated traffic from social media sites will out-perform traffic from Google in just a few years.

Surf New Media can help optimize your content for social sharing and create both Facebook and Twitter marketing campaigns to grow traffic to your site from social media sites. Our developers can work from the ground up creating your Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, or jump in wherever you left off in the process.

Additionally, we can work with you to grow your social media traffic exposure.

  • Premium Service
  • Twitter Integration
  • Facebook Integration
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Social Media Creation
  • Content Optimization
  • Full Service

Premium Service: Ad Networking

Although Surf New Media can monetize your website, there might be times where using advertising networks better fit into your business plan.

Surf New Media has partnered with several advertising networks to ensure ads placed on your site are directly-related to the content of your newspaper. This can be done either geographically or by context.

The advertising is codes that are implemented onto your site and fit directly in with your layout and design. Networked ads can produce quite a bit of monthly income without having to sell or remake any ads on the site.

  • Premium Service
  • No Upfront Cost
  • Context Based
  • Location Based Ads
  • Responsive
  • Easy