A control panel is a web-based graphic interface which permits you to manage different features of your hosting service. A few examples of the things that you'll be able to do using this kind of a tool are e-mail and file management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, etc. As you will find different control panel brands, the services that you will be able to control are also different and may also depend on the features 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 additional steps to perform some task. Such a tool gives you the opportunity to use a point-and-click interface rather than entering commands with complex syntax in a command line. Even though some users prefer the latter option, the majority of users enjoy the easier level of administration that a control panel can provide.