What is WordPress?

WordPress logoWordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows simple in-browser set-up and updating of websites. WordPress is an open source project and its core is contributed to by hundreds of community volunteers. The convenience and flexibility of WordPress has made it one of the most popular solutions on the internet for building websites.

The Office of Information Technology provides WordPress hosting options for the campus community. These services allow NC State users to quickly and easily create websites for a multitude of needs. These services also offer widgets and plugins to facilitate the use of university calendars, RSS feeds, and university authentication tools.

Please note that premium Hosted WordPress sites are subject to university branding guidelines and accessibility requirements.

For non-NC State websites, visit WordPress.com and WordPress.org to learn more.


Your Options at NC State

Choose the service that’s right for you!


All students, faculty, and staff at NC State can create an unlimited number of WordPress websites through our WordPress Blogs service.

  • Cost: Free!
  • myurl.wordpress.ncsu.edu
  • 300 MB file space
  • Dozens of themes and plugins to choose from
  • Managed environment – Let OIT worry about security and software updates!
Learn More Create a Site



Administrative and academic units, research groups, and more can request websites through our Hosted WordPress service.

  • Cost: $300/fiscal year (30 day free trial)
  • Custom domain names (if approved)
  • 500 MB file space
  • Greater flexibility for themes and plugins
  • Managed environment – Let OIT worry about security and software updates!
Learn More Request a Site


Custom Solutions

Units with cPanel web hosting accounts through OIT can install and manage their own WordPress websites! OIT Design offers additional services:

  • General WordPress management support
  • Recommended web standards and best practices
  • Maintenance contracts for general support, security, and updates
  • Theme and plugin customization
Contact OIT Design

What’s right for me?

Having trouble choosing the right option? Not sure whether you should use WordPress or something else? Visit GetOnTheWeb.ncsu.edu for more information about:

  • Web hosting at NC State
  • Getting a 3rd- or 4th-level URL
  • Campus web policies
  • Keeping your site safe and secure
Visit Get On The Web



Need Help?

We’re there for you!


Help Desk

Contact the NC State Help Desk for general support:


OIT Design & Web Services staff lead regular WordPress workshops. You can register for the next available session in REPORTER.

Office Hours

OIT Design & Web Services holds weekly WordPress office hours every Friday. Feel free to stop by with questions, no appointment is necessary.