A Control Panel is a tool which is used to handle the content of a hosting account. This can include, but is not limited to, files, e-mail messages, databases, stats as well as other operations carried out with them. The CP provides a web-based interface to handle these things and everything else related to the website hosting service via different sections where you can access functions through buttons and/or menus. The simpler to use a CP is, the easier it will be for you to control your presence online in its entirety. In the standard scenario, the Control Panel is the Internet hosting account’s back office, while a separate billing account is used to manage payments and domain registrations - if the company offers that particular service. Trouble tickets may be dealt with from the billing account or via a different system.