A Control Panel is a software tool used to control the content of a web hosting account. This can include, but is not limited to, files, e-mail messages, databases, stats along with other operations executed with them. The CP provides a web-based interface to control all these things and anything else associated with the website hosting service via different sections where you can access functions through buttons and/or menus. The less difficult to use a Control Panel is, the simpler it will be for you to manage your web presence in its entirety. In the standard case, the Control Panel is the web hosting account’s back office, while a separate billing account is used to control payments and domain registrations - if the company provides this service. Trouble tickets could be addressed through the billing account or by using a separate system.