A web hosting control panel is a collection of instruments which you can access through a browser to control your online content. As you'll get a graphic point-and-click interface, you can use these tools to do various tasks much 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, emails and databases or accessing logs and stats, but several of them are simpler to use than others and contain more features which can save you efforts and time. In this light, the control panel that you will obtain with a new 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.