A control panel is a web-based graphic interface which allows you to manage various aspects of your web hosting service. Some examples of the things that you'll be able to do by using such a tool are file and e-mail management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, etcetera. As you'll find many different control panel brands, the services that you'll be able to control are also different and may also depend on the features that the web hosting company offers. For instance, you may have a specific option in one control panel and not in another, or it could take additional steps to do some task. Such a tool provides you with the chance to use a point-and-click interface rather than inputting commands with complex syntax within a command line. Even though some users would prefer the aforementioned option, the majority of users like the easier level of administration which a control panel provides.