A control panel is a web-based graphic interface which allows you to manage different features of your hosting service. Some examples of what you will be able to do through this type of a software instrument are email and file management, DNS records editing, URL forwarding, etcetera. Since you will find different control panel brands, the services that you will be able to manage are also different and can also depend on the characteristics that the internet hosting company offers. For example, you may have a particular option in one control panel and not in another, or it could take additional steps to do a certain task. Such an instrument offers you the opportunity to use a point-and-click interface instead of entering commands with complex syntax in a command line. Though some users prefer the latter option, the vast majority of users like the easier level of administration which a control panel can give.