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