A Control Panel is a software tool that is used to control the content of a hosting account. This includes, but is not limited to, files, e-mails, databases, statistics and different operations executed with them. The CP provides a web-based interface to manage all of these things and anything else related to the hosting service through different sections where you can access functions through menus and/or buttons. The less difficult to use a CP is, the easier it will be for you to control your presence online altogether. In the typical case, the CP is the hosting account’s back office, while an independent billing account is employed to manage payments and domain name registrations - if the company provides this service. Trouble tickets may be dealt with from the billing account or by using an independent system.