A control panel is a web-based graphic interface that allows you to manage various aspects of your Internet hosting service. Examples of what you'll be able to do by using this kind of a software instrument are file and e-mail management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, and so on. Since there're various control panel brands, the services that you'll be able to control are also different and may also depend on the features that the hosting company offers. For instance, you may have a given option in one control panel and not in another, or it may take additional steps to perform some task. Such an instrument gives you the ability to use a point-and-click interface instead of entering commands with complex syntax inside a command line. Although some users prefer the latter option, the vast majority of users like the easier level of administration which a control panel offers.