A control panel is a web-based graphic interface that allows you to manage different features of your Internet hosting service. Some examples of things you will be able to do by using this kind of a tool are email and file management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, etc. Since there are different control panel brands, the services that you will be able to manage are also different and may also depend on the characteristics that the web hosting company offers. For instance, you may have a given option in one control panel and not in another, or it could take additional steps to perform a particular task. Such a tool provides you with the opportunity to use a point-and-click interface rather than typing commands with complex syntax in a command line. Although some users prefer the latter option, the vast majority of users enjoy the easier level of administration that a control panel can give.