A web hosting control panel is a collection of instruments that you can access from a web browser to manage your online content. Since you'll have a graphic point-and-click interface, you can use these instruments to execute 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 managing your files, email addresses and databases or viewing stats and logs, yet a few of them are a lot easier to use than others and offer more attributes that will save you time and efforts. That's why, the control panel that you will obtain with a new hosting account can make a difference, so you should check it and see if it will suit your needs before you register for the service.