Originally Posted by linuxclark
I am pretty sure your VPS let you use more disk space + more ram + more cpu power
Usually shares gives more disk space (in this case the hosting is giving me "unlimited" web space). Also the ram and cpu is irrelevant if this can't be extrapolates in speed and number of concurrent users.
So, (if was possible and excluding the burdensome of notification of overuse
) :2 shared > 1 vps (thats it in performance and in cost).
But i must agree that shared is only good for personal pages, or may be for parked or with fewest visits and nothing else much.
For anything over a personal webpage, for example a smallbiz, a vps is a nice option and $400 bucks x year is not a big dead after all.
Ps : other advantage of vps is you can optimize your configuration.