A hosting control panel is a collection of instruments which you can access via a browser to control your online content. Since you will get a graphic point-and-click interface, you can use these tools to do various tasks easier than if you need to type complex commands in a command line. All control panels allow you to do some basic things such as controlling your files, e-mail addresses and databases or viewing stats and logs, yet a few of them are simpler and 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 get with your new web hosting account can make a difference, which means that you should check it and see if it'll provide what you need before you register for the service.