A Control Panel is a software tool that is 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 offers a web-based interface to manage all of these things and everything else relevant to the website hosting service using different sections where you can access functions through menus and/or buttons. The easier to use a CP is, the easier it'll be for you to handle your online presence in its entirety. In the common scenario, the CP is the Internet hosting account’s back office, while an independent billing account is employed to control payments and domain name registrations - if the company provides this particular service. Trouble tickets may be addressed through the billing account or through a separate system.