A control panel is a web-based graphic interface which enables you to manage different features of your hosting service. Examples of what you will be able to do through this kind of a tool are email and file management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, etcetera. As there're many control panel brands, the services that you can manage are also different and can also depend on the features that the web hosting company offers. For example, you may have a particular option in one control panel and not in another, or it may take more steps to perform a specific task. Such an instrument gives you the opportunity to use a point-and-click interface instead of entering commands with complex syntax inside a command line. Though some users would rather have the latter option, the majority of users welcome the easier level of administration which a control panel provides.