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