A Control Panel is a software tool which is used to manage the content of an Internet hosting account. This includes, but is not limited to, files, e-mail messages, databases, stats as well as other operations carried out with them. The Control Panel offers a web-based interface to control these things and anything else related to the Internet hosting service via different sections where you can access features through menus and/or buttons. The less complicated to use a CP is, the simpler it will be for you to control your online presence in general. In the typical case, the CP is the web hosting account’s back office, while a separate billing account is used to manage payments and domain name registrations - if the company offers that service. Trouble tickets may be handled through the billing account or by using an independent system.