A Control Panel is a tool employed to control the content of a web hosting account. This can include, but is not limited to, files, email messages, databases, stats as well as other operations executed with them. The CP provides a web-based interface to handle all of these things and everything else relevant to the hosting service via different sections in which you can access functions through buttons and/or menus. The less difficult to use a Control Panel is, the simpler it'll be for you to manage your online presence in general. In the standard scenario, the Control Panel is the hosting account’s back office, while an independent billing account is employed to handle payments and domain registrations - if the company offers that service. Trouble tickets may be managed from the billing account or by using a separate system.