A web hosting control panel is a collection of instruments which you can access through a web browser to take care of your online content. Since you'll have a graphic point-and-click interface, you could use these tools to perform 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 opening stats and logs, yet some of them are simpler to use than others and contain more attributes that could save you efforts and time. In this light, the control panel that you'll obtain with your new hosting account can make a difference, so you should check it and see if it will suit your needs before you sign up for the service.