A Control Panel is a web-based user interface where you can handle numerous aspects of your web presence. As an illustration, you could create or modify site files, create and check email messages, control databases, check visitor stats and so on. These things are performed through buttons and menus in a browser and the CP can also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the administration area associated with your hosting account. Most Control Panels these days will permit you to manage all hosting-related matters, but you shall usually require a different system to control payments or to get a new domain in case 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 troubleshoot an issue also, or you may need to use a third system.