A Control Panel is a software tool used to manage the content of an Internet hosting account. This includes, but is not limited to, files, e-mail messages, databases, statistics as well as other operations executed with them. The CP provides a web-based interface to control all these things and everything else related to the web hosting service using different sections where you can access functions through menus and/or buttons. The less complicated to use a CP is, the easier it will be for you to manage your presence online in its entirety. In the common case, the CP is the web hosting account’s back office, while a separate billing account is employed to manage payments and domain registrations - if the company offers that particular service. Trouble tickets could be managed via the billing account or by using a separate system.