A control panel is a web-based graphic interface which allows you to manage different aspects of your hosting service. A few examples of the things that you'll be able to do by using this kind of a software tool are file and e-mail management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, etc. As there're many different control panel brands, the services that you will be able to manage are also different and can also depend on the features that the hosting company provides. For example, you may have a specific option in one control panel and not in another, or it could take more steps to do a particular task. Such a tool offers you the ability to use a point-and-click interface rather than entering commands with complex syntax in a command line. Although some users prefer the aforementioned option, the majority of users like the easier level of administration which a control panel offers.