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