In the hosting world, a control panel is a web-based tool which can help you to command your hosting account via a graphic interface using various tools. Since the alternative is to input commands inside a command line, most people prefer to use a control panel to manage their webpage content. There're many different control panel brands and the ease of administration through each of them is different, but the vast majority of software tools offer a basic set of services that you will be able to manage from a point-and-click interface. These include working with files and folders, managing e-mail addresses and databases or browsing access and error logs. A few control panels will allow you to do many more things too, so when you get a hosting package, you should check the benefits and drawbacks of the software tool that you will use to manage your new account.