A Control Panel is a web-based interface via which you can manage numerous aspects of your world-wide web presence. For example, you could create or change site files, set up and check emails, manage databases, check visitor stats and so forth. These things are performed through buttons and menus within a browser and the CP could also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the administration area associated with your hosting account. Most Control Panels on the market will permit 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 if the company offers domain registrations. Based on the platform they use, you could be able to use the billing account to open a support ticket to ask a question or to troubleshoot and fix a problem also, or you might have to use a third system.