Having root-level access to a server means that you'll be able to view and modify any file on it, including essential system files. You may also install software which can change specific settings on your server during the process, so the installation is possible only if you're signed in as the root user. The latter has full privileges, i.e. you'll have full control over the machine at any time and you will be able to perform anything you want. You may also generate other users either with similar rights or with fewer rights, according to what you require them for - daily tasks, other server admins, etc. To be on the safe side, it's usually recommended to employ the root account only when you actually need it and not for tasks which can be done via other accounts. You can use a web-based graphical interface or a Secure Shell console to connect with the server and to control it at the root level.

Full Root-level Access in VPS

You can control your new virtual private servers at the root level whatever the package which you've selected, as long as the server is ordered with either the cPanel or the DirectAdmin website hosting Control Panel, or without Control Panel at all. In the first case, many system settings can be controlled through an easy to use web-based interface, while in the second, you will have to make everything through a console, until you decide to install a Control Panel yourself. In either case, you will have full control over the VPS plus any system and custom content on it at all times, that makes this kind of web hosting perfect for any app which 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 final VPS Control Panel alternative is Hepsia, but the root access to your server will be restricted.

Full Root-level Access in Dedicated Hosting

You will have full root-level access to your dedicated server whatever the plan you choose during the registration process, as long as the server is provided with cPanel or DirectAdmin, or with no web hosting Control Panel at all. In each of these 3 cases, you are able to update any part of the software environment in any way you find fit, which makes our server plans suitable for resource-demanding applications with specific requirements that can't be covered when you use a shared web hosting account. The main difference between these options is the fact that when you choose cPanel or DirectAdmin, you will have a web-based graphical interface to control many different server-side options and any website content which you create or upload, whereas if you order the server with no Control Panel, you'll 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 OS that you have chosen during the sign up process. With the last Control Panel option that you're able to select on the order page - Hepsia, the root access will be limited.