A Control Panel is a software tool used to manage the content of a web hosting account. This includes, but is not limited to, files, e-mail messages, databases, statistics and different operations carried out with them. The CP provides a web-based interface to handle these things and anything else associated with the Internet hosting service using different sections in which you can access functions through buttons and/or menus. The easier to use a CP is, the easier it'll be for you to manage your presence online in general. In the standard scenario, the Control Panel is the web hosting account’s back office, while an independent billing account is employed to handle payments and domain registrations - if the company offers this particular service. Trouble tickets may be managed from the billing account or through a separate system.