A Control Panel is a web-based user interface using which you can control various aspects of your presence online. For instance, you can set up or modify site files, create and check emails, handle databases, check visitor stats and so on. Those things are carried out via buttons and menus inside an internet browser and the CP could also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the admin area associated with your website hosting account. Most of the Control Panels available on the market will allow you to manage all hosting-related matters, but you'll commonly require a different system to take care of payments or to get a new domain when 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.