A Control Panel is a software tool which is used to control the content of a web hosting account. Including, but is not limited to, files, e-mail messages, databases, statistics and various operations performed with them. The Control Panel provides a web-based interface to handle all of these things and everything else related to the hosting service via different sections in which you can access functions through menus and/or buttons. The simpler to use a CP is, the easier it'll be for you to handle your online presence as a whole. In the common scenario, the Control Panel is the Internet hosting account’s back office, while a different billing account is employed to manage payments and domain registrations - if the company provides that service. Trouble tickets may be managed through the billing account or via an independent system.