Virtual private servers are widely considered a middle ground between shared and dedicated hosting plans because they offer significant performance advantages over shared devices, while they are also less expensive that dedicated plans.
According to a recent Web Hosting Geeks report, the middle ground conception is only partially true. The report said VPS servers are indeed significantly more powerful than shared devices, but they sometimes do not stand in the middle in terms of cost, as some VPS plans are less expensive than shared hosting.
The report said most VPS services use monthly payments to manage costs, allowing users to pay for the month they are about to enter. Alternately, most shared plans are paid annually. The annual payments for shared hosting plans also tend to include setup costs to create the server. These charges are typically not part of VPS plans, making some VPS services less expensive overall, according to the report.
Overall, shared and VPS plans can be ideal for companies seeking to establish their web presence, run small ecommerce operations or host blogs, according to a recent Host Review report. However, VPS servers are much more powerful and secure than shared options, the report said.