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What is Core Membership?

Wed Aug 26, 2015, 4:55 PM by Heidi:iconheidi:


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Earlier today, DeviantArt released an announcement explaining what "Core Membership Is..."  To complement that announcement, I've penned a few of my own thoughts about what Core Membership means to me.

DeviantArt owes its existence to its community. The inspiring, pulsating life force that began 15 years ago with a small group of artists and art appreciators has grown more than anyone could have ever imagined. A true force of motivation and support on the Web, our community is one-of-a-kind in its service to the artistic greater good. And it always has been.

Whether you take the extra moment to answer a Note from a student of art hoping to learn from you, leave a thought-provoking comment on a moving piece of art, or simply watch a deviant, you are invested in your fellow artistic man, and that has all happened naturally from day one. The fact that you're here, browsing, collecting, supporting, and creating, just because you feel that pull to change the world through your artistic contributions is an inspiration to all that there is hope for humanity, via the arts.

To use DeviantArt, you need no more than your artistic ambition and an Internet connection. Membership has always been  and will always be  free to use for all across the world. But there are instances when deviants strive to give more, as thanks for providing the framework that brought us all together. In these instances, in exchange for monetary support, we're able to focus on exciting new features, more tools to inspire, and more opportunities to let art shine. 

Just like a donation of your time or funds to a local museum makes it possible for all to reap the benefits of your generosity, so does the support to DeviantArt  it benefits all deviants.

Core Membership is a proclamation from deviants around the globe stating a material commitment to the future of DeviantArt. Core is the fuel that sustains the momentum and leads us forward to building a stable, strong future with the innovations necessary for the community to survive and thrive.  

Core Membership comes with special privileges in return for that commitment, but perhaps the greatest privilege is the knowledge that the entire community can continue to prosper and grow thanks to such generous contributions. 

Why didn’t you formally announce Core before today?
We should have.  It was a mistake to not have properly explained our belief in Core and what it means for DeviantArt.

Why did you change the name of Premium Membership to Core Membership?
While the Premium Membership was largely about special features and add-ons, the Core Membership is about supporting the community for the sake of the community itself.  Core Members will continue to receive special features and add-ons, but Core is first and foremost about helping DeviantArt sustain a stable, strong future.  We call it Core Membership because those are the deviants who sustain us at our very core, allowing benefits to radiate outward in all directions.

Does DeviantArt only care about Core Deviants?
All deviants are important and valued.  The DeviantArt community represents a cross-section of the world at large and it's thanks to our many deviant artists  both free and paid  that DeviantArt exists as it does today.

Why did you increase prices?
We believe Core Membership is worth $5.00 per month.  A three-month Core Membership is $15.00 and a twelve-month Core Membership is available at a discounted rate of $50.00.

Core Membership is too expensive.
While we don't have current plans to further discount the price of Core Membership, it is possible that we will have promotional opportunities in the future.

What if I previously had a Premium Membership?
All Premium Memberships have been converted into Core Memberships.  If you selected re-billing as a Premium Member, you will continue to be re-billed at the previous rates you enjoyed.  If you weren't enrolled in re-billing, you will not automatically be charged for a Core Membership.  Core Members enjoy the same privileges as the former Premium Members – no features or add-ons have been removed.

Why is the Core Membership symbol an orange star?
When creating the identity for Core, DeviantArt's Studio team explored a number of options relating to symbols and colors.

The Future is Now


Three months ago we launched the DeviantArt Timeline to provide the community better insight into DeviantArt's future.  The following is a condensed roadmap of what's already in the works:
  • Sept. 1st: the DeviantArt Mobile App will be updated to include Notes and notifications.
  • Sept. 2nd: the first phase of our new thumbnail grid launches.
  • Oct. 2nd: the first phase of our new Watch launches.
  • Oct. 8th: the DeviantArt Mobile App will be available for Windows phones and tablets.
  • Oct. 15th: Notes search launches.
But there's still so much more to be done.   We could translate the site into additional languages (skyrocketing traffic for artists), build advanced tools for commissions, create an art registry to establish clear proof of authorship and ownership, and so much more.  With your help, through supporting Core Membership, DeviantArt could one day enhance the lives of artists in ways we can currently only dream about.

Some deviants help the community simply by using the site – donating their time and energy to supporting their fellow artists.  And their contributions are invaluable.  But for those who have the desire and ability to support the DeviantArt community, through the Core Membership, we're able to push forward, improve, grow, and advance the art and the artists of DeviantArt.

~Heidi



Core Membership is a proclamation from deviants around the globe stating a material commitment to the future of DeviantArt. Core is the fuel that sustains the momentum and leads us forward to building a stable, strong future with the innovations necessary for the community to survive and thrive. 
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H-D200HB Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist
I have a question: what if I've already had core for 3 month and somebody give me another, for 1, how it works, would my core be extended for an additional month or not?
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Gaskinmoo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I get a core member ship for a month to rearrange my galleries etc and rename my profile, will said changes stay when I stop having a core membership?
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hngrydragonx Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
So if you want core you have to pay REGULARLY!?!? Not just all at once!?!?
(worst dragon drawing EVER)
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FoxyDaBoss Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Student General Artist
Do you have to have core membership to have points??? Or can you get points without membership?
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:iconheidi:
Heidi Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
You do not need a Core Membership to have Points. You can get Points without having a Core Membership.

~Heidi
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:iconfoxydaboss:
FoxyDaBoss Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Student General Artist
Yay! Tysm
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KiruTheShinyGallade Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
Can i have 400 point
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DovahkiinHU3BR Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
Well... I just wish I could change my username without core membership :(
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LeafspotProductions Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Student Digital Artist
If you buy a core membership, do you get points along as well?
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:iconpickonee:
PickOnee Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
no
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CURI0USC0LLIN Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
i actually see some people with 2 or 4 week core membership? how? and how much is it? (I want to give it to my friend but idk how?!)
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PickOnee Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
it's a month core membership 
go here www.deviantart.com/core-member…
scroll down and there is a "GIVE NOW" button then it's 5$ or 400 points
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courage-and-feith Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2017  Student Writer
*sigh* If only wasn't a subscription. Because all I want is to change my username without having to deactivate my whole account to do so (which will complete 10 years in the end of this year!), and nothing else.

I thought on following the suggestion wrote here but I'm afraid dA staff will think I'm "cheating the system" and ban me for good, so, I might as well stay with this silly username. :(

I'd be so much better if they allowed us to buy ourselves a 1 month core membership as a one time payment, with either points or Paypal.
"Pro-core" deviants and militants keep saying that dA "needs money to survive" (an argument already debunked by this journal from :iconsomeoneyoul0ve:, by the way) and all the jazz, so why not do so ? :|

This is all just a suggestion, though. No need to treat my comment as gospel truth.
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c00lme324 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
most people seem to only want to change username. Willing to betchya a million bucks its DA's play. 
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courage-and-feith Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  Student Writer
Yeah. How is this supposed to be a "perk" since you can do the same on other websites like Twitter and Tumblr for free ? What this has anything to do with "dA needs money to survive" ? It indeed sounds really fishy, since dA staff is infamous for being "oblivious" to the community.

Some argue that it's a perk because "it's a lot of work to the system to pull something off like this, almost like creating a new account".
Really ? Because in Twitter I can change my name in a snap of a finger and it doesn't affect their system at all. Heck, even in some forums, they allow you to change your username once at each 30 days also for free.

Why can't dA do the same ? Because of supposed "system restrains" ? Nazare Tedesco - Emoticon
I believe they need a better argument than this. Otherwise, I'll stick with my suggestion: make a month core membership available to buy if you don't wanna people "cheat the system" to get one.
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c00lme324 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i don't think it is very hard four DA to update someone's username. behind in their databases, they store everything probably related to usernames. when someone changed their name, all they need to do is update the name. it is really very simple. but DA just wants money and whenever you get core becuase you want to change username, DA gets money and maybe you will like core and end up paying more to stay in core. 
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courage-and-feith Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Student Writer
Yeah. How such thing like this can supposedly "stress" dA system's so much ? It makes zero sense to me. :|

It also leads me to think they're doing this for the sake of greed and promote some sort of "elitism" between the artists, since some people take that being a "Core" member of something is being an essential part of a group, while those that don't have it or can't afford it are "arrogant", "cheap" and "ungrateful" people who deserve to be "ostracised".
This is a view which I strongly disagree with: Core, like pageviews, is not a "meter" to test how much of a great artist you are or check how much you are worth for people.

An orange star besides your name doesn't count that much compared to how much skilled you are and how much you are satisfied with your own art without attaching emotional strings (like self-worth) to it.
Besides, there's a deviant who was kind enough to create good journal skins for non-core members - Non-Core boxes and journal skins by UszatyArbuz on DeviantArt

Kinda got carried away over there but yeah: it makes your question if they're doing this for the sake of art and the artists here or for the sake of save themselves.
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KittMouri Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017
What if I previously had a Premium Membership?
All Premium Memberships have been converted into Core Memberships.  If you selected re-billing as a Premium Member, you will continue to be re-billed at the previous rates you enjoyed.  If you weren't enrolled in re-billing, you will not automatically be charged for a Core Membership.  Core Members enjoy the same privileges as the former Premium Members – no features or add-ons have been removed.


You mentioned that people who previously had a Premium Membership and were enrolled in re-billing would maintain the previous rate. But, what about people who were previously members and did not have re-billing as an option? I had been a premium member for years, but had never selected re-billing as an option. Still, does my customer loyalty apply as the people who chose to re-bill? Moreover, had I known about this, I would have chosen to re-bill as it would have made a lot more sense to do so.
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Alien-Vicki Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you pay 5 dollars a month for core or do you pay the 50 dollars all at once?
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TaroPop Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
How many points will a month give you?
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Arcticwolf39905 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Does core give you points? 

If if you mean what's it worth, it's 400 points
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Gravityxo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
When can this 1 + 1 free core membership come again? I only have 400 points and can get the core for one month. 
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NeoPhoenixKnight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
is it worth it?
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:iconpansatraw:
PanSatraw Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  New Deviant
It depend of your use. Most of the time I regretted it.
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:iconbadlyedited:
BadlyEdited Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
can you get core with points?
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:iconccofee:
ccofee Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Student General Artist
Yes, but it's a lot of points.
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:iconbadlyedited:
BadlyEdited Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
How much?
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:iconccofee:
ccofee Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Student General Artist
400 :points: only when you gift to someone ( it'll only be like 1 month though )

1,200 :points: for 3 months

4,000 :points: for a year

I hoped this help!
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BadlyEdited Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet, thanks
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:iconccofee:
ccofee Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Student General Artist
no problem!
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Bonniefnaf258 Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Student Filmographer
Can donate 400 points
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SatanIsMyDaddi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I'm too lazy to read all of this can anyone tell me how much is core
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ExcuseForAnArtist Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
like 5 usd and 400 points. I think. It tells you when you want to buy it. 
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PrincessFireShinee Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if I receive a gift core membership from another member,do we have to pay deviantart or does the person who sent me the gift core membership has tto pay? :T sorry i'm confused!
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FandomFusionz Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanna change my username ;-;
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rigbythememe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tip: Create adopts (if you can't draw well or don't wish to therese plenty of free bases!) and save up your points! C:
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DovahkiinHU3BR Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
Hmm, I did not understand this one (I also would like to change my username).
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PinkCookiez Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
ahh just wanted to ask a random one, do we get more points if we bought core membership? Or no?
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rigbythememe Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i dont think soooo, but im not suuure :'0
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PinkCookiez Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
ohh :0
haha its okay just wanted to ask xD
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FandomFusionz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty decent at drawing so I'll probably create adopts, I've wanted to at least. I didn't even know that you could earn points from that, thank you so much!
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rigbythememe Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob bob!! Could you note me the link when you do? :0
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FandomFusionz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I will ^_^
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JojotoPepLolYech Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Student General Artist
i've always wanted to be a core member/beta tester
but
i'm poor
but i have money
so
i'm not poor
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succeedinglight Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried to register as a core member but I could not. Every information is correctly typed. Windows 10, Explorer, and Chrome, show all the same message without indicating the lines of problem.  Thanks for reading.   
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enderponyayxx Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Forget what it is, I want to know how many core members use Deviantart D:
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Buxom Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016
All I see is that I can't make headers and footers across all my journals like this service used to do. You know, something actually useful that a core membership could benefit from. A header and foot that can be edited across all journals and deviations if you wish.
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ReblLily Featured By Owner Edited Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Guys, I bought the 6 month deal and after cancelling rebilling, it took away 3 months. I've contacted DeviantArt about this by email, but I think people should know this could happen. Still waiting for a response about this.
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kokkurii Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016
tfw you do the 6 month instead of 3 month deal and the transaction hasn't gone through (it still says 6 days left)
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Gavin-The-Bunny Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
Why aren't you allowed to give a month (400 points worth) of core membership to yourself?
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