A Control Panel is a software tool used to manage the content of a web hosting account. This includes, but is not limited to, files, e-mails, databases, stats and different operations executed with them. The CP provides a web-based interface to control all these things and anything else relevant to the web hosting service using different sections where you can access features through buttons and/or menus. The simpler to use a CP is, the easier it shall be for you to control your online presence as a whole. In the common scenario, the Control Panel is the hosting account’s back office, while an independent billing account is used to handle payments and domain registrations - if the company provides this service. Trouble tickets can be handled via the billing account or through a separate system.