A Control Panel is a web-based interface where you can control numerous aspects of your web presence. For example, you could set up or change website files, create and check e-mail messages, control databases, check visitor stats and so forth. These things are done via buttons and menus inside a browser and the CP can also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the administrative area associated with your hosting account. Most Control Panels available on the market will permit you to control all hosting-related matters, but you will often require a different system to manage payments or to get a new domain when the company offers domain registrations. Based on the platform they utilize, you may be able to use the billing account to open a support ticket to ask a question or to diagnose an issue as well, or you may need to employ a third system.