A Control Panel is a web-based interface via which you can control numerous aspects of your online presence. For example, you can easily set up or modify site files, set up and check emails, control databases, check visitor stats and so forth. Those things are carried out via buttons and menus within a browser and the Control Panel can also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the administration area associated with your Internet hosting account. Most Control Panels out there will permit you to manage all hosting-related matters, but you'll often require a different system to control payments or to get a new domain name when the company offers domain registrations. Depending on the platform they employ, you may 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 may need to use a 3rd system.