A Control Panel is a web-based user interface using which you can control different aspects of your presence online. For instance, you could set up or edit website files, set up and check e-mail messages, handle databases, check visitor stats and so forth. These things are carried out through buttons and menus within an internet browser and the CP could also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the administrative area associated with your web hosting account. Most Control Panels available will enable you to control all hosting-related matters, but you'll normally need a different system to control payments or to get a new domain name in case the company offers domain registrations. Depending on the platform they employ, you can be able to use the billing account to open a support ticket to ask a question or to diagnose a problem also, or you might have to employ a 3rd system.