A Control Panel is a tool used to control the content of a hosting account. This includes, 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 control these things and everything else associated with the Internet hosting service through different sections in which you can access functions through menus and/or buttons. The less difficult to use a Control Panel is, the easier it'll be for you to manage your world-wide web presence in its entirety. In the common case, the CP is the Internet hosting account’s back office, while a separate billing account is used to control payments and domain registrations - if the company offers that service. Trouble tickets could be managed from the billing account or by using a different system.