The Admin control panel or commonly termed as admin cp is the admin area of a XenForo forum. It can be accessed using a web browser by adding the admin.php url to the XenForo’s front end url. As an example: if https://www.example.com/ is the XenForo url then admin cp url will be https://www.example.com/admin.php.
Admin user with super administrative privileges has access to every function in the admin area. Here is a guide to add a super administrator the right way. Moderators may have limited access to the admin cp.
If admin login to the forum front end, he or she will see an admin link in the top area of the forum. The placement of the moderator bar can vary from style to style but normally it is the first element of a page. The moderator bar depending on the permission of a user will have links to threads/posts reported by other users, users awaiting moderation or other action a moderator or administrator needs to take.
Admin area helps to manage the XenForo front end better. Some of the commonly used functionality of the admin area includes Creating forums, manage users, customize styles and templates, install add-ons etc.