A web hosting control panel is a group of software tools that you can access through a browser to control your online content. As you will get a graphic point-and-click interface, you could use these instruments to do various tasks a lot easier than if you have to input complex commands inside a command line. All control panels allow you to do some basic things such as managing your files, email addresses and databases or accessing stats and logs, but some of them are a lot easier to use than others and come with more features that could save you efforts and time. That's why, the control panel that you will receive with a new hosting account can make a difference, so you should check it and see whether it'll suit your needs before you register for the service.