In the hosting world, a control panel is a web-based tool that enables you to control your hosting account via a graphic interface using various instruments. Since the alternative is to input commands in a command line, most people prefer to use a control panel to manage their website content. There're different control panel brands and the ease of administration through each one is different, but the vast majority of tools offer a basic set of services which you will be able to control from a point-and-click interface. These include working with files and folders, managing email addresses and databases or viewing access and error logs. Some control panels will allow you to do a lot more things too, so when you buy an Internet hosting solution, you should check the pros and cons of the tool that you will use to manage your new account.