A Control Panel is a web-based interface where you can control numerous aspects of your web presence. For instance, you can easily set up or modify website files, create and check e-mails, handle databases, check visitor stats and so on. Those things are carried out using buttons and menus within an internet browser and the CP can also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the administrative area associated with your web hosting account. Most Control Panels on the market will enable you to control all hosting-related matters, but you'll usually need a different system to take care of payments or to get a new domain if the company offers domain registrations. Depending on the platform they use, you may be able to use the billing account to open a support ticket to ask a question or to troubleshoot and fix a problem as well, or you may have to employ a third system.