A Control Panel is a web-based interface where you can handle various aspects of your presence online. As an example, you could set up or edit site files, set up and check email messages, manage databases, check visitor stats etc. Those things are done using buttons and menus within a browser and the CP may also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the administrative area associated with your Internet hosting account. Most Control Panels available will allow you to control all hosting-related matters, but you shall normally require a different system to handle payments or to get a new domain name in case the company offers domain registrations. Based 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 troubleshoot an issue also, or you may need to use a third system.