Web Hosting Services


The cPanel Web Hosting service is a full-service environment that provides you with flexibility, scalability, economy of scale, and more options for your Web presence. This service is available to any NC State University college, department or unit.

What the Web Hosting Service Provides

The Web hosting service differs from OIT’s current AFS Web service by offering many additional features, some of which are available now:

  • NC State hosted URL.  For details, see URL below.
  • 10 GB of space with option to purchase more. See Costs & Contracts.
  • Both nightly and user-initiated backups
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • More features and applications for your web presence
  • Unlimited databases
  • Enhanced programming features and applications (depending on the service option you choose)
  • a cPanel control panel to administer each of your sites
  • Fantastico, a system that makes it easier to install scripts (e.g., galleries, blogs)

The current AFS Web hosting service will still be available after the new one is activated. For a comparison of the two, see Old vs new Web hosting environments.

Users who move from AFS hosting will still have the AFS file space available after their Web hosting account is activated. To remove AFS-hosted space and its associated fees, an authorized representative for that space must submit a request to the Help Desk and provide the AFS path to the space.

In addition to our traditional AFS hosting and the cPanel hosting, OIT also provides a WordPress Hosted service. This service is ideal for a unit that has little IT expertise in-house but needs a branded, accessible website. For more information on this hosted option, see wordpress.ncsu.edu.


A URL for a top level domain (e.g., xxx.ncsu.edu or www.ncsu.edu/xxx) must be approved. If you will be moving an existing site, we recommend that you request a temporary URL to use until you are ready to transfer the URL to the new site. Please be sure to include this URL request when submitting your Web hosting account request.

If you need to request a top level domain, you will need to fill out the URL Request form.

Shared Hosting with Web Hosting Services

It is possible to host more than one domain within a single web hosting account. This service is available at no extra cost, and can help to diversify the cost of a single web hosting site among several units. The maximum number of add-on sites per web hosting account is five; any more than that and users may begin to experience a decline in the quality of the service.

In order to request an add-on site, each site must first have its own URL. Add-on sites must follow the same requirements for approved URLs as those outlined above. Once a new URL is approved the owners of the web hosting account will need to create a new directory that will map to the new URL. Finally, they will need to submit a request at help.ncsu.edu that includes their current hosting account, the new URL (once approved), and the folder created for hosting the add-on site.