In the early days of web hosting, ecommerce solutions were among the most popular hosting plans available. Over time, technology advanced, businesses became more comfortable with web hosting and business class VPS servers and dedicated hosting have removed the need for ecommerce-specific plans, the Web Hosting Geeks report.
Ecommerce hosting was marked by features such as shopping carts, SSL certificates and payment processing capabilities. These features are typically available in most business-class VPS and dedicated server solutions. As a result, the report said ecommerce hosting has faded away.
Competition has also had an influence on ecommerce hosting's demise. According to the report, virtual server hosting companies will frequently use similar terminology to define their hosting plans and maintain a sense of competition between other hosts. As a result, when advanced hosting providers began offering business class virtual private servers and removed the ecommerce hosting label from their services, the rest of the industry followed suit, the report said.
According to a recent report from the Host Review, many small online businesses use shared or VPS servers to manage their ecommerce needs. The report said most small companies will not need to expend the resources necessary to subscribe to a dedicated server.