A Control Panel is a web-based user interface using which you can handle various aspects of your world-wide web presence. As an example, you can easily set up or change site files, set up and check email messages, handle databases, check visitor statistics etc. Those things are performed via buttons and menus in an internet browser and the Control Panel could also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the administration area associated with your web hosting account. Most of the Control Panels on the market will allow you to handle all hosting-related matters, but you will often need a different system to control payments or to get a new domain if 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 diagnose an issue as well, or you might have to employ a 3rd system.