A Control Panel is a web-based interface through which you can manage numerous aspects of your online presence. For example, you may create or modify site files, set up and check email messages, handle databases, check visitor stats etc. Those things are executed via buttons and menus in an internet browser and the Control Panel can also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the administrative area associated with your Internet hosting account. Most Control Panels these days will enable you to control all hosting-related matters, but you will often need a different system to deal with payments or to get a new domain when the company offers domain registrations. Depending 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 and fix an issue as well, or you may need to employ a 3rd system.