The WordPress Hosted Service offers users a WordPress site with a larger number of theme and plugin options than what can be found in the WordPress Blogs Service. Sites in the Hosted Service offer NC State authentication, as well as local WordPress accounts. Backups of these sites are done on a daily basis. This service costs $325/fiscal year.
Sites in the WordPress Hosted environment must have their own, university-approved domain. If you do not own the URL you would like to use, please complete the campus URL request form.
- Use an NC State-branded theme. (Learn more about switching themes in WordPress.)
- Follow university editorial style guidelines.
- Write with a consistent voice and tone.
- Include bold and impactful imagery.
Websites created for personal use only are not required to meet branding guidelines and may use any of the themes available in this service.
NC State University is committed to providing a barrier-free IT environment for all people. WordPress is a recommended technology for creating accessible websites. However, you must still follow basic accessibility best practices as you create content, including the following:
- Every post and page must have a title.
- Use headings to denote sections of your posts and pages.
- Add alternative text for images when adding them to posts and pages.
The university IT Accessibility Coordinator periodically leads workshops on WordPress and accessibility. You can learn more and register for the next available workshop in REPORTER. For additional information, contact OIT Design & Web Services.
Request a Site
You may request a Hosted WordPress site via this form. After the initial request and a brief consultation we will set-up the site with a temporary domain for testing. You will have 30 days to test and establish if this service works for you. If so, we’ll complete billing and prepare the site to launch at its final URL. Otherwise, we’ll remove the temporary site and you can look for an alternate solution. All sites require technical and administrative contacts, as well as payment information before launch at the final URL.