Sri Lankan company THE CREATIVE (which likes its name in uppercase characters) was founded in 2013 to provide domain registration, SSL certificates, shared hosting, reseller hosting, virtual servers, and related services. Its servers are located in the United States, and its website is available in English.
Features and Ease of Use
THE CREATIVE’s shared hosting plans include small web hosting, corporate web hosting, unlimited hosting, and CMS hosting, the latter being designed for clients who want to host a WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla website. Hosting plans provide these features:
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- Daily automatic backups
- 3 GB to an unlimited disk space
- 100 MB to an unlimited bandwidth
The included cPanel control panel helps you manage your databases, email accounts, and website files. It incorporates the Softaculous one-click installer with 250 open-source scripts for popular CMS and other applications.
As an alternative to setting up a CMS-backed website, you can use one of the unlimited FTP accounts to upload HTML and other files to your webspace. Or, the more experienced among you can code a database-backed dynamic website using one of the supported programming languages that include PHP, Python, and Perl.
Once your website is up-and-running, you’ll want to secure it with a free SSL certificate. Additional security measures include a web application firewall plus on-demand virus and malware scanning.
Underlying everything is SSD storage that is far faster and more reliable than traditional HDD storage. Performance is further improved by the Cloudflare CDN that caches content close to your customers as well as protecting you from some kinds of cyberattacks.
Pricing and Support
THE CREATIVE offers a total of 13 hosting plans arranged into various categories. Its affordable hosting plans can be purchased only on annual terms, so you’ll have to look somewhere else for monthly hosting terms. The 5-day money-back guarantee might not make you feel much better about an annual commitment because it doesn’t give you much time to decide if this is the right host for you.
Since this host’s knowledge base is bare, you’re limited to a small set of frequently asked questions for self-support. It’s good news, therefore, that you can contact the support staff via telephone, email, or live chat. And it’s even better news that my exploratory email received a rapid reply: