A Control Panel is a software tool used to manage the content of a hosting account. This can include, but is not limited to, files, e-mails, databases, stats as well as other operations performed with them. The Control Panel provides a web-based interface to control all of these things and everything else associated with the website hosting service using different sections where you can access features through buttons and/or menus. The less difficult to use a CP is, the easier it shall be for you to manage your world-wide web presence in general. In the typical scenario, the Control Panel is the hosting account’s back office, while a separate billing account is used to handle payments and domain registrations - if the company provides that particular service. Trouble tickets could be dealt with through the billing account or through an independent system.