In the hosting world, a control panel is a web-based tool that will allow you to control your hosting account via a graphic interface using various instruments. Since the alternative is to input commands in a command line, many people prefer to use a control panel to control their web page content. There're many control panel types and the simplicity of administration through each of them is different, still the vast majority of tools offer a basic set of services which you will be able to manage from a point-and-click interface. For example working with files and folders, managing e-mail addresses and databases or browsing access and error logs. Some control panels will allow you to do a lot more things too, so when you get a hosting package, you should check the advantages and disadvantages of the software instrument that you will use to manage your new account.