Having root-level access to a server means that you will be able to view and modify any file on it, which includes important system files. You can also install software that can change particular settings on your server throughout the, so the installation can be done 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 whenever you want and you'll be able to do anything you want. You may also create additional users either with similar rights or with fewer rights, depending on what you want them for - day-to-day tasks, other server administrators, etc. To be on the safe side, it is usually recommended to use the root account only when you really need it and not for tasks you can do via other accounts. You can use a web-based graphical interface or a Secure Shell console in order to connect with the server and to control it at the root level.
Full Root-level Access in VPS Web Hosting
You are able to manage your new virtual private servers at the root level whatever the plan that you've picked, as long as the server is ordered with either the cPanel or the DirectAdmin web hosting Control Panel, or without any Control Panel at all. In the first case, a number of system settings can be controlled through an easy to navigate web-based interface, whereas in the second, you'll need to do everything through a console, until you decide to set up a Control Panel yourself. Either way, you'll have full control over the VPS plus any kind of system or custom content on it all the time, that makes this type of website hosting perfect for any app that you can't run with a shared web hosting account because of the restricted degree of access - frameworks, VoIP and audio/video streaming software, and so on. The last VPS Control Panel option is Hepsia, however the root access to your server will be restricted.
Full Root-level Access in Dedicated Servers Hosting
You will have full root-level access to your dedicated server regardless of what package you choose throughout the signup process, as long as the server is ordered with cPanel or DirectAdmin, or with no web hosting Control Panel at all. In all of these 3 cases, you're able to update any part of the software environment in any way you see fit, that makes our server packages perfect for resource-demanding applications with specific requirements that cannot be covered if you use a shared hosting account. The difference between these options is that when you use cPanel or DirectAdmin, you'll have a web-based graphical interface to control a variety of server-side options as well as any website content that you create or upload, while when you order the server devoid of Control Panel, you will have to do everything with a Secure Shell console or to set up a Control Panel of your own liking, if it's compatible with the Operating System which you've selected during the sign up process. With the last Control Panel option that you will be able to select on the order page - Hepsia, the root access is limited.