In the Internet hosting world, a control panel is a web-based tool which enables you to manage your web hosting account through a graphic interface using various tools. Since the alternative is to enter commands in a command line, most of the people prefer to use a control panel to take care of their web content. There are many different control panel brands and the simplicity of administration through each of them differs, but the vast majority of software tools provide a basic set of services that you can manage from a point-and-click interface. Such as working with files and folders, managing email addresses and databases or looking at access and error logs. Some control panels will enable you to do many more things as well, so when you purchase an Internet hosting package, you should check the advantages and disadvantages of the software tool which you will use to manage your new account.