A Control Panel is a web-based user interface using which you can handle different aspects of your world-wide web presence. For instance, you can easily create or change site files, set up and check emails, manage databases, check visitor statistics and so forth. These things are performed through buttons and menus in a browser and the CP could also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the admin area associated with your hosting account. Most of the Control Panels on the market will allow you to handle all hosting-related matters, but you will commonly need a different system to manage payments or to get a new domain name if the company offers domain registrations. Depending on the platform they employ, you may be able to use the billing account to open a support ticket to ask a question or to resolve an issue as well, or you may have to use a 3rd system.