A Control Panel is a software tool used to control the content of a hosting account. Including, but is not limited to, files, e-mail messages, databases, stats along with other operations carried out with them. The CP offers a web-based interface to manage these things and everything else related to the hosting service via different sections in which you can access functions through buttons and/or menus. The simpler to use a CP is, the easier it'll be for you to control your web presence altogether. In the typical scenario, the CP is the web hosting account’s back office, while a separate billing account is employed to manage payments and domain registrations - if the company offers that particular service. Trouble tickets may be managed via the billing account or by using a separate system.