A Control Panel is a software tool used to control the content of a hosting account. This can include, but is not limited to, files, email messages, databases, stats and different operations carried out with them. The Control Panel provides a web-based interface to manage all of these things and anything else relevant to the website hosting service using different sections where you can access features through buttons and/or menus. The simpler to use a CP is, the simpler it will be for you to control your presence online in general. In the standard scenario, the Control Panel is the web hosting account’s back office, while an independent billing account is employed to control payments and domain name registrations - if the company offers this service. Trouble tickets may be handled from the billing account or by using a different system.