A control panel is a web-based graphic interface which allows you to manage various features of your hosting service. A few examples of things you'll be able to do by using such a software tool are e-mail and file management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, and many others. Since there are many control panel brands, the services that you can manage are also different and can also depend on the characteristics that the internet hosting company offers. For instance, you may have a particular option in one control panel and not in another, or it could take more steps to do a certain task. Such an instrument gives you the option to use a point-and-click interface instead of entering commands with complex syntax within a command line. Though some users would prefer the latter option, the majority of users like the easier level of administration which a control panel offers.