WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows simple in-browser set-up and updating of websites. WordPress is free and open source and its core is contributed to by hundred of community volunteers. The convenience and flexibility of WordPress has made it one of the most popular solutions on the internet for building websites.
WordPress is customizable in a number of ways. Themes are used to change the design and layout options of a site. Plugins are available to add functionality to the site and, once configured, can offer options such as social media integration, photo and slider displays, user and document management and much more.
WordPress offers their own hosted environment at wordpress.com for folks needing a free, and easy-to-build site with limited options. WordPress is also available for installation in a web hosting environment; details and instructions are available at wordpress.org. Documentation on the WordPress environment and its options is available in the WordPress Codex.
Here are NC State we have our own WordPress options! If you need a free, easy-to-use site for a project or event you may be interested in WordPress Blog Sites. For a WordPress site with more options and customization, including your own URL, you can pay for a WordPress Hosted Site.