A hosting control panel is a group of software tools which you can access through an Internet browser to manage your online content. As you will have a graphic point-and-click interface, you can use these tools to perform various tasks much easier than if you need to input complex commands inside a command line. All control panels allow you to do some basic things such as controlling your files, emails and databases or viewing statistics and logs, yet some of them are simpler and easier to use than others and come with more attributes that will save you time and efforts. In this light, the control panel that you'll get with a new web hosting account can really make a difference, which means that you should check it and see whether it will provide what you need before you subscribe for the service.