If you have root-level access to a server, it means that you will have full control of it. In other words, you'll be able set up any server-side application regardless of the changes that it'll make to the software setting on the server, and you'll be able to both access and customize any kind of file, which includes system files, and modify various settings. You can do this by connecting to the server as a root user who has full privileges to do the aforementioned things as well as to make other users, including users who also have full privileges. This connection can be established with a web-based graphical interface or a Secure Shell console. For safety reasons, it's recommended that you make a separate user for your daily work and employ the root user only when you have to customize the server or to install software that may be needed by some script-driven application that you wish to run.

Full Root-level Access in VPS Servers

You will be able to manage your new VPS servers at the root level regardless of the plan which you've selected, as long as the server is ordered with either the cPanel or the DirectAdmin website hosting Control Panel, or with no Control Panel at all. In the first case, many system settings can be controlled from an easy to work with web-based interface, while in the second, you will have to make everything using a console, unless you decide to install a Control Panel yourself. In either case, you will have full control over the VPS in addition to any system and / or custom content on it all the time, which makes this type of hosting perfect for any app that you can't run with a shared web hosting account due to the limited degree of access - frameworks, VoIP and audio/video streaming software, and many others. The last VPS Control Panel choice is Hepsia, however the root access to your server will be restricted.

Full Root-level Access in Dedicated Servers

You'll have full root-level access to your dedicated server no matter which plan you select throughout the registration process, as long as the server is ordered with cPanel or DirectAdmin, or without website hosting Control Panel at all. In each of these 3 cases, you will be able to update any part of the software environment in any way you see fit, which makes our server packages ideal for multi-media apps with specific requirements that cannot be covered if you use a shared website hosting account. The main difference between these options is the fact that when you use cPanel or DirectAdmin, you'll have a web-based graphical interface to control numerous server-side options and any site content which you create or upload, while if you order the server without a Control Panel, you will have to perform everything with a Secure Shell console or to set up a Control Panel of your own liking, if it is compatible with the Operating System which you've selected throughout the sign up process. With the final Control Panel option that you're able to pick on the order page - Hepsia, the root access is restricted.