A hosting control panel is a set of tools that you can access from an Internet browser to control your online content. Since you'll get a graphic point-and-click interface, you will be able to use these tools to perform various tasks a lot 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 controlling your files, email addresses and databases or accessing stats and logs, but several of them are a lot easier to use than others and come with more attributes that could save you efforts and time. That's why, the control panel that you'll obtain with your new hosting account can really 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.