A Control Panel is a tool which is used to manage the content of a hosting account. Including, but is not limited to, files, e-mail messages, databases, statistics and various operations performed with them. The Control Panel offers a web-based interface to control these things and anything else related to the hosting service via different sections where you can access functions through buttons and/or menus. The simpler to use a CP is, the simpler it shall be for you to manage your presence online as a whole. In the general case, the CP is the Internet hosting account’s back office, while an independent billing account is employed to manage payments and domain registrations - if the company offers this particular service. Trouble tickets may be handled via the billing account or through an independent system.