A control panel is a web-based graphic interface that allows you to manage different aspects of your web hosting service. Examples of what you'll be able to do through this type of a software tool are file and e-mail management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, and many others. As you'll find various control panel brands, the services that you can manage are also different and may also depend on the features that the hosting company provides. For example, you may have a certain option in one control panel and not in another, or it could take more steps to perform a specific task. Such an instrument offers you the option to use a point-and-click interface rather than entering commands with complex syntax in a command line. Even though some users would prefer the latter option, the majority of users welcome the easier level of administration that a control panel can provide.