A control panel is a web-based graphic interface that allows you to manage numerous aspects of your hosting service. A few examples of things you can do by using such a tool are e-mail and file management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, etc. Since there're many control panel brands, the services that you can manage are also different and can also depend on the characteristics that the web hosting company offers. For example, you may have a certain option in one control panel and not in another, or it could take additional steps to do a certain task. Such a tool provides you with the option to use a point-and-click interface rather than typing commands with complex syntax in a command line. Despite the fact that some users would rather have the aforementioned option, the majority of users welcome the easier level of administration which a control panel offers.