A Control Panel is a tool that is used to control the content of a hosting account. This includes, but is not limited to, files, emails, databases, stats as well as other operations executed with them. The CP provides a web-based interface to handle these things and anything else associated with the web hosting service through different sections in which you can access functions through menus and/or buttons. The easier to use a Control Panel is, the simpler it'll be for you to manage your presence online in general. In the common scenario, the Control Panel is the Internet hosting account’s back office, while an independent billing account is used to control payments and domain name registrations - if the company offers this particular service. Trouble tickets may be addressed via the billing account or by using a separate system.