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A web hosting control panel is a way to easily control your web hosting account. It is software installed on your web server which gives you control over your web hosting account. Each web hosting service provider will offer some type of control panel, some are very graphical and allow you to view statistics in a variety of ways. Generally a control panel will allow you to add email accounts, change passwords, access your files, view statistics and backup your site. Every control panel is different and offers various options. It is a good idea to see a demo of the control panel or carefully review what features are offered and make certain to choose a control panel which will fit your needs.