A web hosting control panel is a collection of instruments that you can access from a web browser to control your online content. Since you'll have a graphic point-and-click interface, you can use these instruments to execute various tasks much easier than if you have to type complex commands inside a command line. All control panels allow you to do some basic things such as managing your files, email addresses and databases or browsing through statistics and logs, yet some of them are easier to use than others and include more attributes which could save you efforts and time. That's why, the control panel that you will receive with your new hosting account can really make a difference, so you should check it and see whether it'll meet your requirements before you get the service.