No. But you are strongly encouraged to use this instead of non-NC State domains and web hosting services (.com and .org websites through services such as HostGator, GoDaddy, BlueHost, etc.), and free tools such as Blogger, Weebly, Wix, Blogspot, and others. Very often the management of these sites doesn’t get properly passed on to the next group of student leaders in the organization. The result is often out of date content and the frustration of trying to get the necessary credentials to access the account.
By using the orgs.ncsu.edu service instead, you have the peace of mind that university tech staff will always be available to adjust access to the site and provide support.
And it’s free!
The getinvolved.ncsu.edu platform is home base for all student organizations. Once registered, a student organization can list officers, publish a roster of members, push a calendar of events, publish photo albums, link to documents, generate forms, and more! It’s a great resource for student organizations and provides the functionality that most organizations need.
The orgs.ncsu.edu service is intended to supplement what is already available on the getinvolved.ncsu.edu platform. There is similar functionality, as this platform has the same features. The primary difference is that orgs.ncsu.edu has more flexibility in layout, look and feel, and can provide a more robust navigation for those who have a lot of content.
Student organization websites hosted anywhere on ncsu.edu are not enabled or authorized to perform financial transactions of any kind. Check back soon for suggestions on this front.
- A variety of WordPress themes, including some with built-in NC State branding
- Shibboleth authentication
- Integrated Google calendars
- Social media feeds, as well as share/follow icons
- Photo galleries
- Google Analytics
- Spam filtering
- Protected Content – a way to limit access to individual pages via unityIDs
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