A Control Panel is a tool which is used to control the content of a hosting account. This can include, but is not limited to, files, e-mails, databases, stats and different operations carried out with them. The CP provides a web-based interface to control all of these things and anything else related to the website hosting service via different sections in which you can access features through menus and/or buttons. The less difficult to use a Control Panel is, the simpler it will be for you to handle your online presence altogether. In the general case, the CP is the web hosting account’s back office, while a different billing account is used to manage payments and domain registrations - if the company provides this particular service. Trouble tickets may be addressed through the billing account or by using an independent system.