If you have root-level access to a server, it indicates that you will have full control of it. In other words, you can set up any server-side application regardless of the changes that it'll make to the software setting on the server, and you're able to both access and update any kind of file, which includes system files, and change any settings. This can be done by connecting to the server as a root user which has full privileges to perform the aforementioned things and also to generate other users, which includes users who also have full privileges. The connection can be established with a web-based graphical interface or a Secure Shell console. For safety reasons, it's recommended that you make one more user for your everyday work and employ the root user only when you need to modify the server or to set up software that may be needed by a script-driven app that you'd like to run.

Full Root-level Access in VPS Servers

You'll be able to take care of your new VPS servers at the root level whatever the package which you have selected, as long as the server is ordered with either the cPanel or the DirectAdmin web hosting Control Panel, or without Control Panel at all. In the first case, a large number of system settings can be managed via an easy to work with web-based interface, while in the second, you'll have to do everything through a console, unless you decide to set up a Control Panel yourself. In either case, you will have full control over the VPS as well as any system and / or custom content on it at all times, that makes this kind of hosting perfect for any app that you can't run with a shared web hosting account due to the limited level of access - frameworks, VoIP and audio/video streaming software, and many others. The last VPS Control Panel alternative is Hepsia, however the root access to your server will be limited.

Full Root-level Access in Dedicated Servers

You'll have full root-level access to your dedicated server whatever the plan you pick throughout the signup process, as long as the server is provided with cPanel or DirectAdmin, or with no hosting Control Panel at all. In each of these 3 cases, you can modify any part of the software environment in any way you find fit, that makes our server packages ideal for resource-demanding applications with specific requirements which can't be covered if you use a shared web hosting account. The difference between these options is the fact that with cPanel or DirectAdmin, you will have a web-based graphical interface to take care of various server-side options as well as any website content which you create or upload, while when you order the server devoid of Control Panel, you'll have to do everything through a Secure Shell console or to set up a Control Panel of your liking, provided that it's compatible with the OS that you've selected during the registration process. With the final Control Panel option that you'll be able to choose on the order page - Hepsia, the root access is restricted.