A Control Panel is a web-based user interface where you can handle various aspects of your world-wide web presence. For instance, you can easily create or modify site files, set up and check e-mails, manage databases, check visitor stats and so forth. These things are performed using buttons and menus within a web browser and the Control Panel could also be called ‘back office’, i.e. the admin area associated with your web hosting account. Most of the Control Panels available will permit you to manage all hosting-related matters, but you'll usually need a different system to deal with payments or to get a new domain name when the company offers domain registrations. Depending on the platform they use, you can be able to use the billing account to open a support ticket to ask a question or to resolve a problem also, or you may need to employ a 3rd system.