A Control Panel is a web-based interface through which you can handle numerous aspects of your presence online. As an illustration, you can create or change website files, set up and check e-mails, handle databases, check visitor statistics etc. Those things are carried out using buttons and menus in a web browser and the CP can also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the admin area associated with your hosting account. Most of the Control Panels on the market will allow you to control all hosting-related matters, but you'll usually need a different system to take care of 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 a problem too, or you might have to use a 3rd system.