A Control Panel is a software tool employed to manage the content of a hosting account. This includes, but is not limited to, files, e-mail messages, databases, stats along with other operations carried out with them. The Control Panel provides a web-based interface to handle all these things and everything else related to the website hosting service using different sections in which you can access functions through buttons and/or menus. The easier to use a Control Panel is, the easier it will be for you to manage your online presence altogether. In the common scenario, the CP is the Internet hosting account’s back office, while a separate billing account is used to handle payments and domain registrations - if the company provides that service. Trouble tickets may be addressed via the billing account or by using a separate system.