A control panel is a web-based graphic interface that makes it possible to manage various aspects of your web hosting service. Examples of the things that you can do by using such a software tool are file and email management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, and many others. Since you can find many different control panel brands, the services that you'll be able to control are also different and may also depend on the characteristics that the hosting company provides. For instance, you may have a given option in one control panel and not in another, or it may take additional steps to do some task. Such a tool gives you the opportunity to use a point-and-click interface rather than inputting commands with complex syntax inside a command line. Even though some users would rather have the latter option, the majority of users like the easier level of administration which a control panel offers.