A Control Panel is a software tool employed to handle the content of a web hosting account. This includes, but is not limited to, files, e-mails, databases, statistics and various operations executed with them. The Control Panel provides a web-based interface to manage these things and everything else relevant to the hosting service through different sections where you can access functions through buttons and/or menus. The simpler to use a CP is, the easier it shall be for you to control your presence online altogether. In the standard scenario, the CP is the web hosting account’s back office, while a different billing account is used to control payments and domain registrations - if the company provides this service. Trouble tickets can be managed via the billing account or via a separate system.