In the Internet hosting world, a control panel is a web-based tool which allows 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 of the people prefer to use a control panel to control their web content. There are many control panel types and the ease of administration through each of them is different, yet the vast majority of tools provide a basic set of services which you can control through a point-and-click interface. For instance working with files and folders, managing e-mail addresses and databases or viewing access and error logs. A few control panels will allow you to do a lot more things as well, so when you buy a web hosting plan, you should check the pros and cons of the tool which you will use to control your new account.