What is Control Panel • Control panel is an essential part of web hosting account. You can manage the hosting account through control panel. Even a basic control panel can be helpful for you to get a hold on your account. • Parallels Plesk and DirectAdmin are some commonly used cPanels. • cPanels for Linux and Windows are different, but some work on multiple operating systems. • If your PC is running windows, it does not mean that you need a windows hosting account. You will need it if your website needs functions based on windows OS. Linux account will work otherwise. • Windows hosting accounts are relatively expensive because MS Windows is a paid OS. Most of the versions of Linux are free to download.