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Free and Premium Tiers

The Free Tier of the NC State Web Platform provides a more basic set of functionality that is geared towards websites with fewer marketing needs. The Premium Tier provides additional tools to better support for marketing efforts.

Overview

The Free Tier of the NC State Web Platform has many of the same blocks and design elements that are available within the Premium Tier of the platform.

Some of the more advanced blocks that automatically populate content, provide more intricate and visually engaging content layouts, support targeted marketing efforts, and enable more detailed analytics reporting are not available within the Free Tier of the theme.

A cost is associated with the Premium Tier of the NC State Web Platform. Contact a marketing coordinator within University Communications and Marketing for more information.

Support and Additional Resources

The Free Tier of the Web Platform is a powerful and easy to use tool. Given its wide user base, personalized hands-on support is not readily available. When necessary, questions can be submitted to the NC State Help Desk, but you are encouraged to find support on this site, attend a training workshop, or stop in to OIT’s biweekly office hours for additional support.

Premium Tier users can continue to contact their designated marketing coordinator or submit a request directly to the UComm web development team.

Tier Examples

To view each tier in action, you can view the free tier demo site. The College of Sciences, College of Design, and College of Humanities and Social Sciences sites are good examples of how to use the premium tier.

Functionality Differences

FeatureFreePremium
Text Blocks including headings, paragraph, lists, buttons, blockquote, link list, table
Images
Accordion
FormsGravity FormsPremium Forms including email sign-up, giving, and Slate Integration (coming soon)
Featured Content
RSS Feed
Spotlight Box
Video IntegrationStandard video embed from streaming platformFully integrated video image block with cover image controls
TablePress
Events
Mini Story
Video Image
Testimonial
Instagram Feed
Photo Gallery
Media Divider
Image StatementDisplay and image and text with a parallax effect
Resource Link
FactsFloating, Fact List, Big Fact
NewswireFeed into News blogDedicated Newswire and Automated Posts Blocks
Page HeadersDefault and Split Block HeaderDefault, Split Block, Floating Block
Split Block (homepage only)Featured content, events, link list, newsFeatured content, events, link list, news, Facts, Audience Engagement, testimonial, statement
Homepage and WrapperAdditional homepage block options
Social IntegrationEmbeds and Third-party Social Integration via JuicerEmbeds, Juicer Integration and additional Instagram Feed block that integrates with site
AnalyticsSelf-implemented Standard Google AnalyticsGoogle analytics with event and custom dimensions tracking, monthly automated report