In this article I'll be going over some common things you might want to try out after just getting root access on either your VPS (Virtual Private Server) or dedicated server.

What is root access?

The root user on a server is the user account with the highest level of access and privileges to all of your files, logs, and settings on the server. This user can also commonly be referred to as the administrator account of the server.

When you connect to your server via SSH as the root user, or you login to WHM you'll have more access and options available.

This is just a breif break-down of what you can do with root access:

  • Edit any file on the server
  • Install server wide applications
  • Configure server-wide applications like Apache or MySQL

Custom name servers

When aquiring root access for your server, one of the requirements is that your server is de-clustered from our public name servers. This is because with root access if your server was still clustered this could pose a security risk.

As such we will create custom name servers for your server to use, then you would want to ensure all of your domain names are pointing at those custom name servers instead of our public name servers. We have a guide that explains this in detail called using custom name servers.

Things that require root access

Below is a collection of our articles that demonstrates some of the things that you can accomplish when you already have root access on your server.

You should now have a good understanding of what you can do with your newly granted root access to your server.

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