A control panel is a web-based graphic interface which permits you to manage different features of your web hosting service. Some examples of what you'll be able to do through this type of a software tool are file and email management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, etcetera. As there are many control panel brands, the services that you can control are also different and may also depend on the features that the internet hosting company offers. For instance, you may have a given option in one control panel and not in another, or it may take more steps to do a particular task. Such a tool gives you the ability to use a point-and-click interface instead of typing commands with complex syntax within a command line. Although some users would rather have the latter option, the majority of users enjoy the easier level of administration that a control panel provides.