A Control Panel is a software tool which is used to handle the content of a website hosting account. This includes, but is not limited to, files, email messages, databases, statistics along with other operations performed with them. The Control Panel provides a web-based interface to handle all these things and anything else associated with the website hosting service via different sections where you can access functions through buttons and/or menus. The less difficult to use a CP is, the easier it shall be for you to control your presence online in general. In the typical scenario, the Control Panel is the hosting account’s back office, while a different billing account is used to control payments and domain registrations - if the company provides this particular service. Trouble tickets may be dealt with from the billing account or through a different system.