A hosting control panel is a group of instruments that you can access via an Internet browser to manage your online content. Since you will have a graphic point-and-click interface, you'll be able to use these instruments to execute 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, e-mail addresses and databases or browsing through logs and stats, but several of them are simpler to use than others and include more features that will save you efforts and time. In this light, the control panel that you'll get with your new Internet hosting account can make a difference, therefore you should check it and see whether it will provide what you need before you subscribe for the service.