A hosting control panel is a set of tools which you can access from an Internet browser to take care of your online content. Since you will have a graphic point-and-click interface, you could use these tools to perform various tasks far easier than if you have to input 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 opening statistics and logs, but a few of them are simpler and easier to use than others and offer more attributes that could save you efforts and time. In this light, the control panel that you will get with your 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 subscribe for the service.