Membership Levels FAQ
This collection of frequently asked questions answer many questions about levels of membership.
- A1. What are the individual membership levels?
There are two levels of individual membership in the Guild:
Trial membership, and Full membership.
Trial membership is intended for web authors who are new
to the Guild or to creating for the web; it is free and
gives access to most (although not all) Guild services.
A Trial membership allows a member to evaluate what the
Guild has to offer, and hopefully benefit from association
with the HWG. Trial members who find value in the Guild
should upgrade to Full members as soon as they are able,
and preferably within one year of joining as a Trial
Full members are the supporting membership of the HWG, and
as such have access to all Guild projects and activities.
In addition, they can receive special discounts on Guild
services, such as online classes and Vendor Discount Program. Full members can be
elected or appointed to the Governing Board and other
positions of authority or responsibility in the Guild, such
as joining W3C working groups on the HWG's behalf.
- A3. What is the Education Discount?
Guild members who are full-time students or educators
may apply for a discount to their dues, bringing the
cost of Full membership down to $35 annually. You must
be able to prove your status as a student or educator to
the Guild's treasurer in order to receive this reduction
in your dues. Proof can consist of a copy of a current
school ID, registration information, or proof of employment.
- A4. What is the Disabled Member Discount?
The Board has recently extended our discounts on member dues
to include Guild members who are physically (or otherwise)
disabled, and are thus unable to work. This discount is
equal to the Education Discount, and reduces the price of
Full membership to $35. (The Education and Disabled Member
discounts cannot be combined.) Proof of disability status,
in the form of a letter from a doctor, is required for the
- A5. How can I become a Full member without
paying any money?
Volunteering has its benefits! Not only can you contribute
to the Guild's success and gain experience at various
skills, but you can earn Volunteer Credits which can be
applied towards your dues.
The Guild is reliant upon volunteer efforts for many of our
programs. To recognize the efforts of these volunteers,
we have instituted a Volunteer Credits program. Volunteer
Credits can be earned by any Guild volunteer, and applied
toward membership dues -- and in the future, to other Guild
expenses, such as HWG merchandise and online classes.
This is an excellent way for anyone with a small income but
a lot of time -- such as some retired Guild members -- to
both contribute to the HWG's operations and earn Full
membership. For more details, please see the volunteer page at
- A6. How do I upgrade my membership from Trial to Full?
To upgrade your membership, simply use the Guild's Edit Profile page at
and change your membership from Trial to Full. You may pay by
credit card online or via fax, by check, or by money order.
(Sorry, at this time members who are taking advantage of the
Educational or Disabled Member discounts cannot pay by credit
- B1. What conditions apply to using the HWG logo?
Answers to questions regarding Logo usage and be found from the Logo Program.
- B2. Should I upgrade to Full membership?
That's the short answer. The longer answer is that
anyone who finds value in the Guild's programs and
services should support the Guild financially by
paying dues. $49 (US) per year is less than the
price of many HTML books, and the benefits provided
by active use of the Guild's various resources will
be easily worth more than $49. If you are not
getting full value from your Guild membership, you
may wish to re-examine our offerings of services and
projects designed to support and train you in
becoming more proficient in the craft of web
- B3. What if I never become a Full member?
The Guild relies on the dues of our membership in
order to continue to provide the level of service
the members expect. If you are using these services
in any way, then you should contribute to the
continued survival of the Guild.
For this reason, you are given up to 12 months as
a Trial member to explore the Guild and decide if
there is value in it. By the end of a year, you
will have either (a) decided that it's worth it, and
you wish to continue as a dues-paying member, or
(b) decided that you aren't interested in what Guild
membership has to offer.
- B4. Will I be kicked out after a year at Trial membership?
Short answer: No.
Longer answer: No, membership dues in the Guild have been,
and will remain, optional. This means that if you
are unable to pay our annual dues, you may continue as a Trial
level member. You will also continue to periodically receive
notices requesting that you upgrade to Full member status.
Of course, we encourage all of our members to upgrade to
Full membership within a year, as we feel that what we are
offering has significant value. If you take full advantage of
the benefits of your Guild membership, we're sure you'll agree
and wish to support the HWG.
- B5. Membership is on an annual,
or yearly basis. Can you define a year?
- In the "Trial" membership, the year
starts from the day we receive your application.
- B6. How do I pay?
- Payment can be made by check, money order, or bank
draft in US Dollars. Payment can also be made by credit card (MC/Visa) by fax or postal
mail or online via a secure server.
- B7. I live in a foreign country
and it would cost me twice as much as Americans
to send a check. What options do I have?
- We are aware of the problem and that we are
researching the best way for payment - if you
have suggestions, ideas, or resources, please
semd email to
- B8. Is my membership
- Yes*, but only as business expense and not a donation.
*Please first check with your tax advisor.
Further questions on the membership change can be directed
to site contacts.