A control panel is a web-based graphic interface that enables you to manage numerous aspects of your hosting service. Some examples of the things that you can do through this kind of a software instrument are e-mail and file management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, etc. As you'll find different control panel brands, the services that you will be able to manage are also different and may also depend on the features that the web hosting company provides. For example, you may have a given option in one control panel and not in another, or it could take additional steps to perform a particular task. Such a tool provides you with the ability to use a point-and-click interface rather than entering commands with complex syntax inside a command line. Although some users would rather have the aforementioned option, the vast majority of users welcome the easier level of administration that a control panel can offer.