When you have root-level access to a server, it means that you'll have full control of it. That is to say, you'll be able set up any server-side app regardless of the changes that it will make to the software setting on the server, and you'll be able to both access and modify any file, which includes system files, and modify various settings. This can be done by connecting to the server as a root user who has full privileges to perform the aforementioned things and to make other users, including users that also have full privileges. The connection can be established using a web-based graphical interface or a Secure Shell console. For security reasons, it's recommended that you make a different user for your daily work and employ the root user only when you need to modify the server or to set up software which may be required by a script-driven app that you would like to run.
Full Root-level Access in VPS Servers
You're able to manage your new VPS servers at the root level regardless of the plan that you've selected, 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 number of system settings can be managed via an easy to navigate web-based interface, whereas in the second, you will have to make everything through a console, until you decide to set up a Control Panel yourself. Either way, you'll have full control over the VPS as well as any kind of system and custom content on it at all times, which makes this kind of website hosting perfect for any application that you cannot run with a shared web hosting account due to the restricted level of access - frameworks, VoIP and audio/video streaming software, and so on. The last VPS Control Panel choice is Hepsia, yet 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 regardless of what plan you choose during the registration process, as long as the server is ordered with cPanel or DirectAdmin, or with no web hosting Control Panel at all. In each of these three cases, you're able to change any part of the software environment in any way you see fit, that makes our server plans suitable for multi-media applications with specific requirements that cannot be covered when you use a shared web hosting account. The main difference between these options is the fact that when you use cPanel or DirectAdmin, you will have a web-based graphical interface to take care of a variety of server-side options and any web content that you create or upload, while if you order the server devoid of Control Panel, you'll have to perform everything through a Secure Shell console or to install a Control Panel of your own liking, provided that it is compatible with the Operating System which you have chosen throughout the sign up process. With the third Control Panel option that you'll be able to choose on the order page - Hepsia, the root access will be limited.