When you have root-level access to a hosting server, it indicates that you will have full control over it. That is to say, you'll be able set up any server-side application irrespective of the changes that it'll make to the software environment on the server, and you are able to both access and update any kind of file, including system files, and change any settings. You can do this by connecting to the server as a root user that has full privileges to perform all these things and to make other users, which includes users that also have full privileges. This connection can be established through a web-based graphical interface or a Secure Shell console. For safety reasons, it's recommended that you create a different user for your daily work and use the root user only when you have to modify the server or to install software that may be required by a script-driven app that you'd like to run.

Full Root-level Access in VPS Servers

You're able to control your new VPS servers at the root level whatever the plan which you've picked, as long as the server is ordered with either the cPanel or the DirectAdmin web hosting Control Panel, or devoid of Control Panel at all. In the first case, a large number of system settings can be managed from an easy to work with web-based interface, while in the second, you'll have to do everything via a console, until you decide to install a Control Panel yourself. In either case, you'll have full control over the VPS as well as any kind of system or custom content on it all of the time, which makes this type of web hosting perfect for any app which you can't run with a shared web hosting account because of the limited level of access - frameworks, VoIP and audio/video streaming software, etc. The last VPS Control Panel choice is Hepsia, but the root access to your server is restricted.

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 registration process, as long as the server is ordered with cPanel or DirectAdmin, or with no website hosting Control Panel at all. In each of these three cases, you are able to update any part of the software environment in any way you find fit, which makes our server packages suitable for multi-media apps with specific requirements that can't be covered when you use a shared website hosting account. The difference between these options is the fact that when you choose cPanel or DirectAdmin, you'll have a web-based graphical interface to control a variety of server-side options and any website content which you generate or upload, whereas if you order the server without a Control Panel, you will have to perform everything through a Secure Shell console or to set up a Control Panel of your own liking, if it's compatible with the Operating System that you've selected throughout the registration process. With the last Control Panel option which you are able to pick on the order page - Hepsia, the root access will be restricted.