A Control Panel is a software tool employed to control the content of a hosting account. This includes, but is not limited to, files, e-mails, databases, statistics as well as other operations performed with them. The CP provides a web-based interface to manage all these things and everything else related to the website hosting service using different sections in which you can access functions through menus and/or buttons. The less complicated to use a CP is, the easier it'll be for you to manage your web presence in its entirety. In the typical case, the Control Panel is the web hosting account’s back office, while an independent billing account is employed to manage payments and domain registrations - if the company offers that service. Trouble tickets may be dealt with through the billing account or through a different system.