A Control Panel is a tool which is used to manage the content of a hosting account. Including, but is not limited to, files, email messages, databases, stats and various operations executed with them. The CP provides a web-based interface to control all these things and everything else related to the hosting service through different sections in which you can access features through menus and/or buttons. The less complicated to use a CP is, the simpler it shall be for you to handle your online presence altogether. In the general scenario, the CP is the hosting account’s back office, while a separate billing account is used to manage payments and domain registrations - if the company provides this particular service. Trouble tickets may be dealt with through the billing account or by using an independent system.